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Despite the background in this picture, Shirley MacLaine is not extremely fond of a certain Hilton.
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updated 12/19/2005 3:04:10 AM ET 2005-12-19T08:04:10

Shirley MacLaine wants people to know: She’s no Paris Hilton.

The longtime screen star took umbrage when someone suggested that she’s an icon. “Oh, hell, they’re calling Paris Hilton an icon,” she scoffed. “It doesn’t mean a thing to me.”

MacLaine also blasted the media for hounding her “Rumor Has It” co-star Jennifer Aniston about her alleged romance with Vince Vaughn. “If I were Jennifer, I would slug most of you,” she told reporters, according to Toronto’s National Post.

“Vince Vaughn prefers older women,” she then joked. “Jennifer is my beard. And the truth is that I’m basically having a ball and she’s taking all the guff.”

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Proud to be an American
America’s image has taken a beating in many parts of the world, but Canadian-born funnyman Jim Carrey says he’s still glad he became a U.S. citizen.

“I love this country,” he told the Ottawa Citizen about his adopted nation. “What’s going on overseas has very little to do with the ideal that is America. I think there is a lot of corruption right now. …. The basic corporate conglomerate that is America is out of control in certain ways.”

He added, “I’m proud to be here in this country. It’s given me huge blessings in every way. It’s recognized what I do and given me the opportunity to live out my dreams. I love it here. I’m happy to be here.”

Then, perhaps realizing that he was speaking to a Canadian paper, Carey added, “I’m happy to be Canadian, too.”

Notes from all over
Britney Spears, eager for a hit, reportedly has hired the songwriting and producing team of her mentor, Madonna.   . . Gwyneth Paltrow’s hubby, Chris Martin, has become an impassioned spokesman for free trade.  . . .  Victoria Beckham wasn’t acting very posh when a Spanish TV star expressed interest in the former Spice Girls’ hubby, soccer star David Beckham. “Why would he be interested in an old lady like you?” Beckham reportedly snapped at 50-year-old Ana Obergon, who according to the London Mirror was decked out in pink satin hot pants and pink legwarmers. “Go get some clothes on and act your age.”

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