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Elizabeth Hurley has said over and over again that she makes her living getting into the world’s tiniest dresses. And this, she says, is how she does it. “I go to bed hungry.” But she thinks it’s horrible if you have to diet to lose a lot of weight, even if that’s what she does. She eats very little breakfast, not too much more at lunch and only tiny little snacks during the day. “But really boring snacks,” she says. “Like six raisins.” The only meal she really has is dinner. Since having her son, Damian, two years ago, she has lost 60 pounds, and she remembers thinking that she looked so thin and had done so well. Then she weighed herself and was still 20 pounds overweight. “That was a really depressing moment.” But she also says she’s thinking about doing it all over again.

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Cornelia Guest will slip into a slinky sky blue Badgley Mischka dress decorated with silver beading to wear to her chum Sir Elton John’s annual Oscar party in Hollywood. She will sit with Elton’s partner, David Furnish. The money from the evening will all go to Elton’s AIDS foundation, which has raised over $50 million since its founding in 1992. The party, cohosted by Elton and the jeweler Chopard, will be held for the first time at Charles Cohen’s Pacific Design Center, the official venue sponsor of the gala for the next five years. The center’s outdoor plaza will be fitted with a specially designed lavishly decorated circular tent and one of Elton’s favorite chefs, Renato Piccolento, is being flown in from Cipriani in Venice to create the four-course banquet for 450 guests. To watch the Academy Awards, giant screens have been placed strategically around the tent. The Duchess of York will be escorted by New York’s Harry Slatkin, whose Elton John candles will be given out to everyone as a memento of the night. Oh, hip hip hooray.

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The romance between Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan, the mighty heiress, is going swimmingly. So swimmingly that the couple is seriously considering buying a wildly expensive hideaway with a private beach, a tennis court and swimming pools on an island near Cannes. It’s on the market for over $60 million, but maybe Hugh and Jemima can get the price down.

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Kate Winslet carried a brown alligator Cleopatra clutch by Lana Marks and wore matching pumps from the same skins to the Academy Awards Nominees reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. But Kate, who is nominated for Best Actress for her role in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” says her acting technique starts off with her lingerie. “I start with the bra. If the bra’s right, everything else falls into place.” Kate has donated the navy crepe halter-neck dress by Ben de Lisi that she wore to the premiere of “Finding Neverland” to help victims of the tsunami. Elizabeth Hurley, Elle Macpherson and Madonna have also given clothes. Kate is considering doing the same thing for the dress she’ll wear to the Oscars. Apparently she’s hanging on to the bra.

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Ralph Lauren will hold a kick-off shopping spree at the Polo store on Madison Avenue next week in honor of the Associates Committee of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Annual Bunny Hop, to be held at The American Girl Place on March 8. Ralph is co-sponsoring the Hop with the D & D Building’s luxury fabric house, Scalamandre, and the two companies are underwriting the entire $80,000 cost.

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Fabiola Beracasa, the lovely Venezuelan daughter of Veronica Hearst, is bringing her unique brand of sparkle to a new position as creative director to those discreet diamond dealmakers at Chris del Gatto’s SellJewelry. This, of course, is the social set’s best-kept secret for getting top dollar for the trinkets they no longer care about. Fabiola is just back from Hilary and Galen Weston’s exclusive enclave, Windsor, at Vero Beach where, pretty as pink, she was resplendent in a pink and white Miu Miu. She hosted a fieldside table at the polo match benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Annual Think Pink luncheon. Next stop on her tour is Los Angeles, where next week she will host a lavish luncheon at the Chateau Marmont for an intimate group of Hollywood wives keen to learn the new tricks in trading in and trading up, up, up.

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Teri Hatcher’s new career is on the move, but she’s not quite as fortunate in love. She divorced her second husband, Jon Kenney, in 2003 and has said there has been no romance in her life for the last two years. In spite of the dry spell, Teri says she’s satisfied with her life. Satisfied, maybe, but Teri is now dating again.

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Matthew McConaughey, after spending the last six months denying his relationship with Penélope Cruz, now says he “loves her.” But he’s rather worried that some people might accuse him of stealing Penélope from Tom Cruise. How silly. Cruise and Cruz split up in January 2004, well before Matthew started teaching Penélope how to play the bongos. “You don’t mess around with another guy’s girlfriend,” Matthew says. Really? Tell it to the Marines.

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Betty Knight Scripps, the newspaper heiress, will soon be among us. She is arriving in town just in time to attend the small dinner in her honor given by Chris Hunter, who just succeeded Beverly Sills as chairman of the Metropolitan Opera. After dinner, they’ll attend a performance of “Turandot.” Betty’s date for the evening is the financially prominent James Kinnear. The next day, Betty will fly into the Westhampton airport as her plane is too big to land anywhere else in the area. What a shame. She’ll spend the day looking at houses in Southampton and surroundings. She already has a 400-acre plantation in Charlottesville, Va., and a seaside village at the Lyford Cay Club in Nassau. Along with never being too rich or too thin, I guess you can never have too many houses.

<p>Teri Hatcher</p>

Photo By: WWD Staff

<p>Fabiola Beracasa</p>

Photo By: Patrick McMullan

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