Who's Newst Diva in training: Carson wants it all. n Lisa Nicole Carson has key roles In two y of TVs hottest dramas, Ally McBeal and ER, plus a movie career heating up. What can you tell us about this up-and-coming Star? Steven Cumber, New York City One of a group of beautiful black actresses Newsweek labeled "the new dreamgirls," Carson says she'd like a career like Barbra Streisand's: acting, singing, directing. A New Yorker transplanted to LA, for now, the ambitious 28-year-old actually set out to be a singer. She's working on an album, but it's been slow going because time gets tight, what with racing between Ally and ER or off to discussions about new movies like Life, the Martin Lawrence-Eddie Murphy comedy she just signed on to. Carson's film credits already are stellar. Last year she got great notices in Eve's Bayou and love jones. By Lorrie Lynch BIRTHDAYS MARCH 29 Jennifer Capriati, 22; Lucy Lawless, 30 MARCH 30 Ian Zlering, 32; Paul Reiser, 42; Eric Clapton, 53; Warren Beatty, 61 MARCH 31 Pavel Bure, 27; Ewan McGregor, 27; Rhea Perlman, 50; Al Gore, 50; Shirley Jones, 64 APRIL 1 All McGraw, 60; Debbie Reynolds, 66 APRIL 2 Emmylou Harris, 51 APRIL 3 Jenny Garth, 26; Picabo Street, 27; [i Eddie Murphy, 37; Alec Baldwin, 40; Wayne Newton, 56; Marlon Brando, 74; Doris Day, 74 APRIL 4 Nancy McKeon, 32; Robert Downey Jr., 33; Christine Lahti, 48; Maya Angelou, 70 Have a question or comment about people In the news? CALL 1-800-255-5463, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. n I've noticed Lee lacocca, y the flamboyant former Chrysler chairman, is branching out Into new ventures. Isn't he ready for retirement? Margaret Wimmer, Rochester, Mich. The 73-year-old corporate folk hero, who brought Chrysler back from the brink of bankruptcy, is dabbling in businesses new and old. Backing an abortive 1995 takeover attempt on Chrysler earned him no points with his former company, especially when he said it needed to improve quality. (After that, Chrysler changed its plan to name a corporate tower after him.) Lately he's been promoting a $995 electric bike developed by his EV Global Motors, to go on sale hi April. lacocca: As blunt as ever. n If ever there was an amazing makeover, It Is that seen on Paula y Jones, the woman accusing President Clinton of sexual harassment. Old She -have plastic surgery? Trina Richardson, Denver No. Her hair was straightened, highlighted and cut more stylishly; removing her braces brightened her smile. Her makeup was "softened" by adviser Susan Carpenter McMillan, who tells us she shops off the rack for the tailored suits Jones wears in court. "People said her skirts were too short or too long or too sexy, so I said, 'We'll put you in pants.'" Jones' take on the latest Clinton scandal? McMillan says it's: I "Now maybe the public will believe me." Jones' sleek new look didn't require any major work. A Athlna Onassls, the young y granddaughter of Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassls, Is known as the world's richest little girl. Her mother, Christina Onassls, has been dead for 10 years. Where, and with whom, does Athlna live? Cathy Severino, Schenectady, N.Y, Now 13, Athina lives with her father, Thierry Roussel, who was married just three years to Christina. Roussel says he's trying to provide a normal life for his daughter in Switzerland, his family home. But she rides to school in a bulletproof car, can't visit friends at their homes, and must wait each night as armed bodyguards search her bedroom. Security was heightened last year, when Roussel accused the Greek trustees who manage Athina's estate, estimated at $2.5 billion, of attempted kidnapping. The trustees say Roussel is a playboy who squanders his $12 million-plus annual allowance. The two sides are battling for control of the estate, which Athina takes over at age 18. Bodyguards are a fact of life for Athlna Onassls. n As the final episode of NBC's nlne- y year sitcom Seinfeld nears, I've been wondering what IV program has had the longest run. Also, has there ever been so much national hand-wringing over one show's departure? Bradley Peterson, Encino, Calif. Other shows have run longer: Cheers and M*A*S*H both went 11 years; Dallas, 13; Ozzie and Harriet, 14 — for that matter, the daytime soap Guiding Light is still on the air after 46 years. What makes Seinfeld unique is the publicity. "I can't remember another time when the cancellation of a program has made Page One," says Total Television author Alex McNeil. "It's just a TV show." The longest-running show of all marked its 50th anniversary last fall: Meet the Press. When Nick Clooney hosts American Movie Glassies, there are'pictures of children on his studio desk. Could one be his famous son, George? Larry Wlckham, SayersviHe, Ohio Clooney tells us they're the children of his daughter, Ada Clooney Zeidler: Allison, 6, and Nicholas, 2. Fans often think one might be George, but the gR star gets enough notice without help from Dad, ca Contributing: Andrea Croot, Jeanne Wright Looking for some excitement?
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