THE SCENIAC: Desperate in Hollywood

Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer

On Wedneday night, the paparazzi lined up in front of the small boutique SUGAR on La Brea, just down the street from Pink’s famous hot dogs. Cameras flashed, white paper lanterns floated in the air, and women with surgically plumped lips teetered on 4-inch heels for Christina Fulton’s pre-Mothers’ Day charity event.

In case you don’t know who Christina Fulton is (and you’re excused if you don’t), she is an actress and the former almost-Mrs. Nicolas Cage. She dated the actor in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and they have a son together. Considering Cage put in an appearance at her event (new, younger wife in tow), it would seem that they have remained close, but not too close. He stayed for less than 10 minutes.

According to IMDB, Fulton’s most recent role was in “The Red Shoes Diaries 14: Luscious Lola” (2000) She was also one of the stars of “High Maintenance 90210" on E!, in which she was described as “an actress with very demanding expectations” and dispensed household wisdom like, “Don’t give me anyone who has bladder problems or whose cat has herpes or anything.”

Tonight Fulton was hawking customized baseball caps to benefit The Single Mom charity, a charity which Fulton herself started to benefit mothers raising children on their own. They were mostly trucker hats affixed with a sparkly rectangular patch that said “Single Mom” or “Mom Squad” or “Single Mom Available.” Some of them had jeweled pins attached to them as well. They were selling for $45, which made them a bargain compared to the dog shirts Fulton makes, which were also on sale. Those would run you $160.

“I’m an actress, I’ve been in 16 movies, and I’ll always be an actress, but I thought, what can I do to give back?” she said, towering more than a foot over this reporter in 5-inch gold heels. “And then I said, I want to make a clothing line to give back. I want every stitch to mean something. This isn’t about trends. This is about a movement.

“There are leaders and followers, and I’m quite the leader,” she continued, throwing her shoulders back a little. “It’s grassroots now, but I think about people like Bono. He was probably like me one day. I love Gandhi, and he said ‘Be the change you dream of.’ I really think I’m doing that. I’m on a crusade.”

Then an older woman tapped her on the shoulder. “Your dress is stunning,” she said.

“Thanks,” said Fulton, plump lips gleaming. “It’s Cavalli.”