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On That First Night, They Ate Out At Central Perk

TUESDAY, FEB. 20, 1996

So what does Julia Roberts see in “Friends” star Matthew Perry? “It’s pretty simple,” the actress told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s a smart, very funny, talented, handsome man and he’s on my favorite show. He asked me on a date. Why would I say no?”

Why indeed, especially since she’s not exactly in high demand right now.

“Nobody ever asks me on dates. Ever. Almost never. Almost absolutely never,” Roberts said. “It’s a brave man that asks me out. Mr. Perry is a brave, brave man.”

Not that Perry would necessarily agree.

“I assumed she wouldn’t even take the call,” he said. And when she did, he acted cool.

“You pretend to be poised and sure of yourself,” Perry said. “And then when you get off the phone, you run across your house and vomit.”

Loose talk

Loni Anderson on her famous ex-husband Burt Reynolds (from her memoir “My Life in High Heels”): “From the beginning, Burt had said to me, ‘Don’t let me end up like Elvis.”’

Guess who’s coming to birthday dinner?

Sidney Poitier turns 69 today.

Well, at least they download the photos of them

Life on the internet isn’t as elevated as one might think. According to People magazine, these are the celebrities that internet users want to know about most: Pamela Lee, Jenny McCarthy, Cindy Crawford, Anna Nicole Smith, Brad Pitt, Madonna, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Teri Hatcher and Patricia Ford.

He’d award most of today’s directors a Golden Bore

Film director Elia Kazan, 86, was honored with a Golden Bear on Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival. After dismissing most films being made today, Kazan expressed admiration for Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen and Stanley Kubrick. And, he said, “I like my own films,” which featured such stars as Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty and Vivian Leigh.

Hey, Steve, even Phil Gramm would have played along

Presidential candidate Steve Forbes abruptly canceled a scheduled 15-minute interview with comedian Al Franken. As Franken, author of “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations,” wrote in Newsweek magazine, Forbes pulled the plug after Franken asked him, “Mr. Forbes, you grew up in a house called Timberfield. I was thinking of giving my apartment a name. Do you have any suggestions?”

Our gag factor run more along the lines of Michael Bolton

Actress Cameron Diaz spoke for many Americans when she said, “If you really want to torture me, sit me in a room strapped down to a chair and put Mariah Carey on. Over and over again. That would be eternal hell for me.”

For the other two, dial (555) MAR-GRET

Ann-Margret told TV Guide that “one of the three sexiest things on Earth” is “a guy who is shy.” The others,” she added, “I won’t tell you.”

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