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Travolta: Scientology could have saved Smith

John Travolta says that if Anna Nicole Smith had followed the teachings of Scientology she’d be alive today.

The “Pulp Fiction” star says that if the late pin-up could have been saved if she had undergone treatment of Narconon, a controversial drug and detox treatment inspired by the writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.  Smith and Travolta appeared together in the movie “Be Cool.”

Narconon supporters swear by the program, but a number of health professionals have questioned its effectiveness. 

“It’s so sad,” Travolta said while in promoting his latest flick, “Wild Hogs.” “We could have helped her with Narconon but didn’t get a chance to. I wish we had.”

A toxicology report hasn’t been released on Smith, but methadone and other prescription drugs were found in the Florida hotel room where she died earlier this month.

Gumming up the works
Who says Britney Spears isn’t as hot as she used to be?

Not one, but two pieces of gum once chewed by the “Toxic” singer are for sale on eBay. The opening bid for one is $350, and $500 for the other.

One seller claims to have retrieved the chomped-on gum when Spears went to visit her estranged hubby, Kevin Federline, in Tarzana, Calif. on Feb. 21.

“Myself and a few other onlookers gathered downstairs and watched the photographers mob her,” noted the entrepreneurial gum-retriever. “At one point Britney got mad and yelled at them and a bit later she spat out her gum on the nearby grass. I gathered it shortly after and took it home where I put it straight into my ziplock bag. Also nearby I found a gum wrapper, but I do not want to speculate if that is hers. Nonetheless, I will include that too, because it could be.”

Notes the seller: “Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime chance!”

Notes from all overPorn star Eddie Stone, who appeared at an audition for Janice Dickinson’s reality show, has blasted her on his MySpace site. “[Dickinson] is a foul, foul woman [whose] crass sense of humor isn’t clever, witty or in any way becoming of a woman in her 50’s,” wrote Stone, who says he went there because he believed it was merely an audition for Aussiebum, the underwear line.  . . . Rap producer Timbaland is preparing to go into the recording studio with Madonna.  . . . Mariah Carey says she’d sell her Manhattan apartment only to a diva — because only a diva would live there. The 12,000-square-foot triplex was featured on MTV’s “Cribs,” which didn’t show just how diva-ish it is. “I have four closets,” Carey told Hello. “There’s one for lingerie, a shoe closet I designed with the architect Mario Buatta, and a pretty area for clothes with moving wardrobes and a bunch of shelves where I do fittings with stylists. The closets are a big part of my life, it sounds obsessive — but they are pretty fabulous.”

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