Larson, Clooney the royal couple


And the Oscar for the most envied woman in the world goes to ...?

We're guessing it would be Las Vegas model Sarah Larson by a landslide, after she shined as one of the golden girls of Oscar night.

Larson, 28, didn't win one of the coveted statuettes, but when you're parading down the red carpet with boyfriend George Clooney and sitting in the front row, you've hit the lottery of Hollywood royalty.

The former cocktail server at Moon nightclub at the Palms has been dating Clooney since things heated up in June at the Las Vegas premiere of "Ocean's Thirteen."

Larson, who grew up in Washington state and won NBC's "Fear Factor" in 2005, was stunning in a beaded ice blue, pale pink and gold Valentino provided by the designer.

Her hair was styled by Las Vegas stylist and makeup artist Melissa Conner, who said she went with "classic Hollywood glamour, a modern version of Veronica Lake or Rita Hayworth."

The floral dress "made such a statement," said Conner, "that we definitely wanted to go with a clean, fresh look."

Much is being made of the appearance being the first time Clooney, 46, has taken a girlfriend to the Oscars.

When Larson, 28, told red carpet reporters that the dress was "really heavy," Clooney made a gallant offer.

"I will carry her," he said.

GENNIFER SELLING TAPES

Gennifer Flowers tells me she is putting the tapes of her recorded conversations with Bill Clinton during their 12-year affair on the auction block.

Flowers, who came forward during Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign with details of the relationship, said she decided to part with the tapes after renewed interest surfaced. She was offered $5 million by a Japanese collector in the 1990s, she said.

Asked about the timing of her announcement coming out as Hillary Clinton continues to slide in her presidential bid, "I don't need to hurt Hillary. She is doing a fine job of that herself, along with her idiot husband. Karma is an interesting thing. If these two don't get elected, and they are a team, it will be karma coming back to visit them. It's about time."

When Bill Clinton denied the relationship during his campaign, Flowers called a news conference and played what she said were secretly recorded phone conversations.

"These are the tapes I brought forth as proof," she said.

Flowers, who lives in Las Vegas, sued Hillary Clinton, George Stephanopoulos, James Carville and others, accusing them of orchestrating a campaign to discredit her. Carville and Stephanopoulos alleged Flowers doctored the tapes.

Flowers, 58, said she has kept the tapes "very safe all these years, and when I just recently received more interest, I said, 'Why not?'

"I certainly would enjoy the money for my future security. I don't have any guarantee what might be coming."

Flowers is exploring a new book with "explosive story additions to the Clinton affair," publicist Bruce Merrin said in a release.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Las Vegas will get a two-hour version of the "Jersey Boys" with not a single song cut from the Broadway version. The Tony Award-winning musical that tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opens April 4 at the Palazzo. Tickets are on sale now at venetiantickets.com.

SIGHTINGS

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, checking out the Las Vegas Hilton's Sky Villas on Monday. The high roller suites rent for $17,500 a night but are comped for big players. A spy says he was betting $2,000 to $8,000 on blackjack Saturday at the Playboy Club, in the Palms, during a night out with some of his teammates and friends. ... Venetian headliner Wayne Brady, singing three songs Sunday with the house band The Other Side at the Salute Lounge in the Palazzo. ... Actors Freddie Prinze Jr. and Seth Green, dining Saturday at Maggiano's restaurant in Fashion Show mall in a private room that featured a Tom Jones impersonator for a friend's birthday party.

THE PUNCH LINE

"The Pentagon says it successfully shot down an old satellite over the Pacific Ocean. According to the Pentagon, this is the largest object to be shot down since Star Jones was fired by 'The View.'" -- Conan O'Brien

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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