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December 7, 2006
Seeing stars

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Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer

OK, so Wednesday night, I hit up a red carpet event at the California Museum, where Arnold and Maria (above) were inducting the inaugural class into the California Hall of Fame. It was pretty fun to attend such a fete right here in Sac, because there is nothing so fun as seeing famous people in real life and then gossiping about them later. So. In the spirit of idle water cooler fodder, here I go.

Arnold and Maria, 'cause they count: Arnold, as always, was very tan. Maria, as always, was wearing a very cute outfit. This time, it was a black ensemble with the most adorable flared lace sleeves. If I had to wear a lady suit, which I have vowed never to do, it might look like that.

Clint Eastwood: Wow. He is exactly like you'd imagine - tall, old and handsome. But man, getting him to talk is like pulling teeth. He is indeed a man of few words.

Alice Walker: I know Clint was supposed to be the big draw and all - and if the red carpet groupies were any indication, he was - but I swear, I saw Alice Walker, whom I love, love, love, and I almost couldn't speak. She is just so dignified and obviously about 30 times smarter and more insightful than everyone else, I was blown away.

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Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer

Billie Jean King (above): Love. Her. What a sweet pea. Even after all her accomplisments and fame, she's still delighted and a delight. I want to go over to her house and have her feed me a casserole or something.

Frank O. Gehry: Love him, too. Of all the inductees, he gave the funniest speech by jokingly plugging one of his buildings, as if the most-celebrated architect of our time needs the publicity.

Ron Reagan
: Should follow in his father's footsteps and be a politician, if only for his marvelous speaking voice.

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