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I- '! t ! 1 3 JillJavkson 's U HOLLYWOOD ... Hilary Swank's name gets bigger and bigger as her career grows with every film -- and she's not going to change it. My men- tor Frances Marion told me in the old days that a movie star had to have a pretty name like Bessie Love. But not today. If you're a star and your name is Ivanivich and you want it to stay that way, it stays that way. Hooray for independence ! Aside to Vivian M. of Hamong, La.: Yes, I knew Dean Martin. We first met when I had radio and TV shows in New Orleans, and he guested. Then I came out here to Hollywood and was in the movie "Airport," in which he starred. For six weeks I sat in the plane that he "piloted," and we all chatted during breaks and everyone got to know everyone else pretty well. If I see one more long blond hairdo, parted in the middle, hanging straight as if ironed, I'm going to type bad words. Let's hear it for the brunettes a bit. P.S. I'm a blonde (but it's short and parted on the side). It's a while yet till October, but already Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are readying their act for "Carousel of Hope," a big charity event to benefit childhood diabetes. It's going to be a gala gala event, with Jay Leno as emcee. Halle Berry and Quincy Jones also will participate. Since its founding 32 years ago, the Carousel of Hope has raised more than $75 million! Wonderful, wouldn't you say? Aside to Florence G. of Atlanta: You ask if I knew Jimmy Durante. Yes and no. Back when I first started out on TV in New Orleans, he would bring his act to the Blue Room of the Roosevelt Hotel. Then he would come to my studio for an interview. He was a lovely, sweet, funny man, but that was on a business basis. I really didn't know him personally. But I do know he was a wonderful entertainer. Julia Roberts looks different every time she makes an appearance on "The Late Show." Her hair is a dif- ferent color each time. Also, it seems like every interview David Letterman does with the stars, they always talk about their kids and their dogs. I wish Dave would take that bite out of his leg and get it over with. Just joking, folks ! BITS 'N' PIECES: Great combina- tion: Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver team in a thriller titled "Cold Light of Day." ... When I started writ- ing a showbiz column, the red carpet was just a rug for guests to walk on in lieu of the cement pavement. Now everything is "red carpet, red carpet." It's a star .... Heard on a golf course: One golfer to another, "What's your handicap?" Replies the other guy, "Honesty." ... And Hollywood is called "The Land of Make Believe" because actors always make believe they are someone else. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Dean Martin 1. U.S. STATES: What time zone is the state of Alabama in? 2. LANGUAGE: What does the Greek prefix "crypto" mean? 3. SCIENCE: What does an ichthyologist study? 4. MOVIES: What was the name of the spaceship in the film "Alien"? 5. ABBREVIATIONS: What was the ab- breviation D.A.R. stand for? 6. MUSIC: Who wrote the Beatles' song "Here Comes the Sun"? 7. MEASUREMENTS: The word "oc- terLnial" refers to a period of how many years? 8. MATH: What is an improper fraction? 9. GEOGRAPHY: What did the Afri- can nation of Burkina Faso used to be called? 10.RELIGION: What was Pope John Paul II's real name? ANSWERS 1. Central 2. Hidden 3. Fish 4. Nostromo 5. Daughters of the American Revolu- tion 6. George Harrison 7. Eight years 8. A fraction where the numerator is greater than or equal to its denominator. 9. Upper Volta 10. Karol Wojtyla (c) 2010 King Features SyM_ Inc. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This could be the time to try soothing whatever bad feel- ings might be lingering 'twixt and among colleagues, friends or family members. But be sure you do so without favoring any side. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An idea is only an idea until you put that clever Bovine mind to work to develop it from concept to substance. This could lead to something re- of the week could have some disconcert- ing moments, but approaching them with a calm, unruffled attitude goes a long way toward helping to get things nicely settled down. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Getting used to change continues to mark much of the week. But accepting what you have to do makes adapting that much easier. A welcome visitor could turn up sooner than expected. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Learning how to live with a decision is a challenge, but one you Leos andLeonas could really enjoy. You'll also be pleased to see your social life take that upsurge you've been hopmg for. VIRCK) (August 23 to September 22) Use- pears to be a disappointment. You could find that it proves to be quite the contrary. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your ability to maintain a balance between sense and sentiment once again helps you sort through apparently conflicting choices and ultimately arrive at the right decision. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Before you seek the advice of colleagues about a potential career move, you might be better off getting counsel from someone who won't be affected by the choices you make. SAGrITAR1US (November 22 to Decem- ber 21) It can be a Challenging week for some relationships if the normal give-and- take flow changes with one side doing most- Anew opportunity could bring with it much anticipation along with some anxiety. Take time to sort out your options as well as your emotional considerations. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Are you sure you have all the facts you need to let that matter move to another level? Don't be rushed into a decision unless and until you feel it's the right thing to do. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Pace yourself as you prepare to take on that more demanding project. Be careful not to let your energy reserves drain away. Take time to relax with people close to you. BORN THIS WEEK: You have the ability to see both sides of a situation. You would do well as a couiaselor or a judge.