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Chic, blonde, social and philanthropic Muffie Potter Aston and her husband, the famous New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherrill Aston, are expecting twin girls in January! Oh, joy! They have been married for nearly eight years and have been hoping for this happy moment for most of them.

More of the same: Julia Roberts, who is now six months pregnant with her twins via her husband, Danny Moder, is devoted to taking care of her figure during her pregnancy. Julia, who is resting at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico, is following a strict health regime that includes a diet supervised by a doctor and nutritionist and regular sessions in her home gym with a private Pilates instructor who is practically on call 24/7.

This story first appeared in the October 8, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Even more of the same: Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his beautiful wife, Queen Rania, are expecting their fourth child this winter. But the queen is not letting all this slow down her dedication to children’s causes in her country. Her latest gift to dozens of children who are physically challenged was 1,680 wheelchairs. Long live the Queen.

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The world knows that Cher is very proud of her great body, which is mostly real, but partly false. In order to drive the point home, she has decided to pose nude in a men’s magazine to celebrate her 60th birthday on May 20, winging her way to a secluded — maybe not for long — Hawaiian beach for the shoot. Will she airbrush her extensive tattoos into oblivion to look her best? Aren’t some of them out of date?

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Very blonde model Heidi Klum might just be ready for her close-up. She will play the actress bombshell Ursula Andress in “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.” It’s not her dream to be an actress, she has said. “I just do roles they offer me that seem fun.” And who knows better of fun than Heidi.

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While Nicole Kidman has become the new face of Chanel and Sarah Jessica Parker has gone Gap, Beyoncé and the other stars of Destiny’s Child have taken things to another level by replacing Justin Timberlake as the new faces of McDonald’s. Let’s not ignore the reported seven figures that come hand in hand with the deal, along with all the burgers and fries they probably won’t eat.

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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have brought their traveling romance to Devonshire. They are donning their tweeds and their woolies for tender walks past thatched cottages and along the unspoiled beaches near Plymouth, where the pilgrims set out for the New World several centuries ago. Perhaps they are looking for the legendary “Hound of the Baskervilles,” said by Arthur Conan Doyle to haunt the countryside. But maybe they’re just looking at each other.

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Barbara Davis has friends all over the world and their hearts go out to her after the recent death of her husband, the millionaire capitalist Marvin Davis. Barbara and Marvin, the greatest of philanthropists, leaders of the fight against juvenile diabetes, have always known that the show must go on so their giant Carousel of Hope will go on at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Oct. 23. This belle of all balls stars Faith Hill and Josh Groban and is a sellout, having raised more than $70 million. This sum will help fund a new world center for childhood diabetes in Denver set to open next year and three times the size of its predecessor.

Halle Berry gets the Brass Ring award presented by Oprah Winfrey and lighting up the room will be stars such as Goldie Hawn, Steven Spielberg and Elton John.

To top it off, Sotheby’s in Beverly Hills will exhibit, before the ball, close to half a million dollars worth of donated art, headed for auction, by 60 renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Ross Bleckner and Ed Ruscha. As for the red carpet, bustling down it will be such stars as Sir Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier. Roberto Cavalli will create and donate the special table decor just for the evening. He will weave together enough fabric to doll up the tables for 1,400 “beautiful people” and donate the silk tablecloths and napkins that the ladies can take home to be worn as scarves.

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The autumn leaves have fallen on the summer romance of George Clooney and his English rose, Lisa Snowdon. He keeps going his career way and she keeps going her TV career way, and sometimes, what with the time difference and all, getting each other on the phone is a real pain. And then, the little hitch that George hasn’t dropped to one knee and presented the English rose with an engagement ring doesn’t move things along very well.

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Catching up with the parties: After Arnold Scaasi launched his new book, “Women I Have Dressed (Or Undressed),” at Le Cirque, where all his fans and friends turned out, he gave a little dinner for a dozen in the dining room, including Mica and Ahmet Ertegun; Don Hewitt and his wife, Marilyn Berger; Catharine Hamilton of Chicago, the head of American Friends of Versailles; Gillian Fuller of Los Angeles, New York and Mexico; Mona Riklis Ackerman and her beau, the political columnist Richard Cohen, and Parker Ladd, Scaasi’s partner to whom the book is dedicated.

At the party, there were more women present that Arnold has seen undressed than dressed. He has a tough life. In the group were those such as Nan Kempner; Jamee and Peter Gregory; Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross, whose wedding party is Monday at The Rainbow Room; Barbara Taylor Bradford; Mary Higgins Clark; Joan Didion; Christopher Buckley; Tommy Hilfiger; Mary McFadden; Kenneth Jay Lane; André Leon Talley; Barbara Walters; Joan Rivers; Linda and Morton Janklow, and RCA Music Group head Clive Davis. Read the book. It’s a lot of fun and filled with little bits and pieces that nobody knows or knew until now but Arnold.

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