The joke's on Paris as heiress hits MTV awards before heading to jail

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June 06, 2007|By Liz Smith | Liz Smith,Tribune Media Services

Some people said Paris Hilton looked as if she was going to burst into tears at the MTV Movie Awards, after comic Sarah Silverman made a joke at Paris' expense from the stage.

Oh, please, if you're so fragile why spend your last night of freedom -- for 23 days, anyway -- at the MTV Awards? What about staying home with the Bible? We all know how devoted Miss Hilton is to matters of the spirit.

I missed most of the MTV awards, except I did see Cameron Diaz, blond again and dazzling, handing Mike Myers his prize. I wasn't sure if she was wearing a very little dress or a rather large swimsuit. But she looked good enough to get Mr. SexyBack -- Justin Timberlake -- back.

Wait, what about Paul?

Recent remarks here about the long-lived popularity of Britain's Sir Cliff Richard, who vied with Elvis on the U.K. singles chart, has prompted a response from Paul Anka's reps.

This year, Paul celebrates his 50th year in show business, and he is the only artist to have a record on Billboard's Top 50 Chart for six consecutive decades. Maybe his new release My Way: Swings and Strings, offering duets with Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Buble and the late Sammy Davis Jr., will make the charts again.

The spotlight's on Shirley

When they handed the Oscar-winning Shirley Jones the coveted Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater in Pittsburgh last weekend, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Mary Rodgers Gittel did the presentation and told how her famous father met the 18-year-old Shirley 52 years ago and the future star innocently asked, "Who is he?"

Miss Jones joins an illustrious group of luminaries who have won this award -- Mary Martin, Julie Andrews, Hal Prince, Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gwen Verdon and Bernadette Peters.

Shirley is staying in Pittsburgh to appear again in Oklahoma! -- the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that ignited her onstage career. This time around she'll play Aunt Eller from June 19 to July 1 at the Benedum Center.

She says, "To return to the stage anywhere 52 years later and do anything would be an accomplishment, I suppose. But with this singular honor and then to re-create yet another Rodgers and Hammerstein role -- well, my heart is full."

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