Slugger Barry Bonds, who's on a home run tear this year for the San Francisco Giants, becomes a free agent at the end of the season and we think he'd fit in fine in Dodgertown. Where else could his wife and friends arrange for Farrah Fawcett to show up at his 37th birthday party?
Bonds' wife, Liz, threw the bash while the Giants were in town playing the Dodgers a couple of weeks ago. We're told that Bonds' birthday actually is July 24, so he didn't suspect a thing when the Dodgers' Gary Sheffield invited him out for a few postgame pops. As the two ballplayers strolled into the West Hollywood hot spot the Belly Lounge, about 100 teammates and friends jumped up, shouting "Surprise!"
Fawcett, who posed for pictures with the birthday boy, was radiant on the arm of Beverly Hills sports super agent Rick Thurman. Later, Fawcett and her new beau slipped into a seat at a dark corner table, reports our spy witness.
As a special treat, Bonds' idol, Bill Cosby, phoned from the East Coast with birthday greetings. The Coz stayed up half the night to make the call, we're told. What a guy.
Others who helped make Bonds' night were ballplayers Rick Aurilia, Marvin Bernard and Eric Davis, Heather McDonald of MTV's "The Lyricists Lounge," and actor Paul Walker, whose film "The Fast and the Furious" surprised everyone at the box office.
President P. Diddy?
The rapper and fashion plate formerly known as Puff Daddy has a new album out. He also has his eye on the highest office in the land. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, 31, says that he'd make a better president than George W. Bush with only "two months on the job."
"He's whacked," Combs recently ranted to our colleague Geoff Boucher, a Times staff writer, during a recent interview at a Hollywood recording studio. "He needs to pay attention to what's going on. He has three more long years ahead of him. He has a problem because white people are starting to hate him."
The Puffster added, "Everybody is wishing that Bill Clinton was back in the White House, with the disco ball, having a party, because at least he was doing things that were moving the country forward." And what would Combs bring to the White House?
Jenna's Summer Job
Despite what Puffy has to say about him, the president may not be as down on Hollywood as other Washington politicos. We hear that first daughter Jenna Bush is working as a summer intern at Brillstein-Grey, the production powerhouse behind "The Sopranos," "Just Shoot Me" and the late, lamented "News Radio." The 19-year-old, whose underage drinking exploits recently made headlines, is learning about the working world by running errands and making copies.
"We can neither confirm nor deny the participants in our intern program," a receptionist for Brad Grey told us.
There was an attempt to keep everything hush-hush; a memo issued a week ago swore employees to secrecy. So of course someone leaked the news to the Web site http://www.inside.com. Spies told the Webbies that little has changed at the Beverly Hills offices of Bernie Brillsteinand Grey, except for the burly Secret Service agents lurking in the parking garage.
Jenna could meet some really cool famous people this summer since B-G's talent management division represents Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, John Malkovich and Marcia Gay Harden. But a little word of warning: California's drinking laws are tough. Legal navigator Mark Geragos advises that if Jenna is caught dipping into the hooch, she could face up to a year in jail, stiff fines and educational visits to the county morgue and a hospital emergency room.
Truth Versus Fiction
A jury in London considering perjury and perversion of justice charges against Lord Jeffrey Archer ended its second day of deliberations Monday without a verdict.
The British thriller writer and Tory politician is accused of fudging evidence to win a 1987 libel case against a London tabloid that reported he consorted with a prostitute. The trial at the Old Bailey featured testimony from the women in Archer's life--his wife, his former mistress and his personal assistant.
In its final weeks, the courtroom drama began to resemble an episode of HBO's "Six Feet Under." Jurors were told that the prostitute in question had been struck and killed by a fleeing robbery suspect on the eve of trial. A man who Archer said could prove his alibi also is deceased. And, as lawyers made their final arguments, Archer and his family filed into the courtroom dressed in black. Jurors learned that his 87-year-old mother had just died of a stroke.
Times staff writers Gina Piccalo and Louise Roug contributed to this column. City of Angles runs Tuesday-Friday. E-mail: email@example.com.