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Though her big-screen debut was marked by terrific acting but a series of bad wigs, Alison Lohman was just peachy about her schizophrenic looks at the “White Oleander” premiere Tuesday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

“My favorite was the Goth look,” she said, referring to her turn in a boarding house with fellow street urchins Taryn Manning and Samantha Shelton. “And I got to put on more makeup.”

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Lohman’s current brunette crop is for the upcoming “Matchstick Men.”

“I’m really an ash blonde, but I like what I have right now, although that’ll probably change soon,” she explained. “I’m not a very conservative person.”

Also in attendance were fellow castmates Michelle Pfeiffer and Robin Wright Penn.

Fifteen years ago, when he was spending most of his time in Washington redecorating Blair House, the President’s official guest house, with the late Mark Hampton, Mario Buatta got so nervous he broke out in a full-fledged case of hives. Recently, he was back in Washington for a day of parties — lunch at Blair House, a reception at the White House with President George and First Lady Laura Bush, and dinner in the State Department diplomatic rooms with Colin and Alma Powell — to celebrate 200 donors to the private foundation, Blair House Fund.

Party organizer Mary Ourisman made sure to sit next to Buatta because she had heard he was never boring. Ever the merry prankster, he didn’t disappoint.

“He had a plastic fork with an expandable handle which shot out the length of the table and he speared a macaroon cookie off Ann Johnson’s plate,” said Ourisman. “Later, he put on a beard, mustache and toupee, and he had these funny little teeth.”

Buatta got his real opening, though, when Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) started talking about his Senate campaign. Buatta pulled out his billfold and passed a wad of money to the Senator.

“His face turned pale,” recalled Ourisman. “When he looked down, it was a million dollar bill.”

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