Clintons' island property puts them next to the de la Rentas

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May 15, 2007|By Liz Smith | Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services

NOW HERE'S a little flash! Bill and Hillary Clinton have their eyes on the ball when it comes to 2008, but in the meantime, has anyone noted that they bought a piece of beach property in the Dominican Republic right next to the beautiful domain of designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, Annette?

Struggles pay off

The Supremes -- Mary Wilson, Flo Ballard and Diana Ross -- used to sing "Nothing but heartaches ... nothing but heartaches," way back when.

Heartaches by the number actually then came to all three women. Ms. Ballard, furious over Motown's Berry Gordy elevating Diana above all else, left the group. She died young, bitter and broke. Ms. Ross, of course, went solo and became the triumphant "Miss Diana Ross." Later in life, however, personal and professional setbacks humbled this grand diva. (Nevertheless, Diana is currently wowing them in a worldwide concert tour!)

But it is Mary Wilson, whom Diana herself once called "the most beautiful Supreme," who had the biggest heartache. She fought mightily to keep the Supremes together with the new lead singer Jean Terrell. They had some big hits, but mogul Gordy lost interest. For him it was all Diana Ross, all the time.

So Mary struggled for years to keep the trio together in one way or another. Money was scarce, bookings scarcer. She kept on keeping on and survived with grace, carving out her own performing niche.

Come June 19, Mary Wilson, who once stood behind Diana Ross, stands front and center at Feinstein's at the Regency. She is a legendary figure in pop music and it will be good to see her alone at the microphone, doing it her way.

Sharing grief

Friends are reaching out to the wonderful actress Dina Merrill after learning that her beautiful daughter, Heather, died recently at age 38 of ovarian cancer. She was in Buenos Aires seeking treatment and both Dina and her former husband, Cliff Robertson, went to Argentina.

A matter of ego

When pop singer Rufus Wainwright did his Carnegie Hall "tribute" to Judy Garland last year, I thought it was an intriguing idea. Mostly, it made one want to listen to Judy at Carnegie Hall again! Since then, Wainwright has said his big notes were "better thought out" than Garland's. (Odd, Rufus has no big notes!)

Now comes the refreshed Radar magazine in which Rufus calls Garland "a camp fossil" revived by his attention. Oh, pul-eeze! There have been many re-appreciations of the great Garland. The apex was the DVD rerelease of her 1963-1964 TV series, plus several PBS documentaries. Liza Minnelli was right after all in not supporting Rufus Wainwright's use of her mother.

More on Radar: Lindsay Lohan looks so different on the cover -- something about the way she made up her mouth. Or maybe it's the gun in her hand.

Radar offers a chilling piece "Hollywood vs. the Paparazzi: It's War!" The Internet, cell-phone photos and unleashed behavior have morphed star watching into something dangerous, they say. Oh, I expect we'll all survive, even the stars.

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