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REDEYE: Hard to find celebs at RNC
It's a pretty good bet that the hip, beautiful young servers and sales clerks waiting on the 50,000 delegates, officials and news media are trying to make it in more glamorous careers.
They're aspiring actors, models, musicians.
A drummer offered Illinois delegates bite-sized salmon hors d'oeuvres at a welcoming cocktail party. The guy selling tickets at an off-Broadway show describes himself as an "actor-director-poet."
And at the Aveda makeup store at 509 Madison Ave., I met Page 498 of the current InStyle magazine, the one with Halle Berry on the cover.
Actress/model Pamela Adamic, a native of Warren, Mich., was ringing up a lipstick sale when I asked if she--like every other young New Yorker I'd met in a store or restaurant--wants to be in show business.
You bet, she said.
"I've got an Allegra ad in InStyle," she told me. Adamic is a tiny, pretty blond. But when I stopped at a drugstore to check out Ms. Page 498, I hardly recognized her in the "before" ad for Allegra-D, an allergy pill. She's all puffy-eyes and red nose, clutching a pink Kleenex under the headline, "Can't take the congestion?"
But as anonymous as that full-page ad might be for the lovely Pam, she's probably more famous than a lot of the talent appearing at the Republican National Convention that got under way Monday.
Celebrities have never been the Republicans' strong suit.
Put it this way: These "stars" are no Ben Afflecks.
In fact, most of the show biz and music types at Madison Square
Garden working for the Bush-Cheney ticket are not likely to appear in Vibe or People or even a TV Guide in this century.
I dropped by the Republican's huge press office to pick up bios of some of the "celebrity" participants in the four-day convention here and, to tell the truth, there was only one that I'd ever heard of. Well, two if you count actress Bo Derek whose career peaked as the bosomy co-star of the movie "10"--back when Jimmy Carter was president.