- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 22, 2006

If Star Jones Reynolds has a wish, it’s that women will read her latest book and find hope. “I don’t want every woman to think they can be me,” she said Saturday night, answering a question about her dramatic weight loss of 150 pounds. “The doctors and I got together and planned my program. I’m not here to tell women what to do. I just hope they read it and become the best they can be.”

Miss Jones Reynolds, known mainly as the diva “lawya” on ABC’s “The View” and as Payless shoes spokeswoman for her own line of “Starlet” footwear was in town for book readings and a party to celebrate her recently published memoir, “Shine: A Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love.”

@:The book tells of her humble beginnings, college on scholarship, legal and television careers and over-the-top 2004 wedding to financier Al Scales Reynolds, who joined her to share champagne and sushi with Alma Brown, entrepreneur Mark Ein, and D.C. mayoral candidate Michael Brown at the luxe Kalorama penthouse of local businessman Morris Reid and his va-va-voom wife, Jaci.

@Text.rag:Svelte and chic, shoulder-length auburn hair in a flirty flip and wearing false eyelashes, Miss Jones Reynolds gave a short reading from her book, recalling her physical and spiritual crises three years ago, and her dreams of success.

“My dreams got me into a whole heap of trouble when I was planning a wedding,” she said to all-round laughter. “Al said, ‘You don’t want a wedding, baby, you want a parade.’”

She solicited corporate sponsors for the nuptials, cried tears of joy when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton showed up and closed down several blocks of Park Avenue to accommodate all the gawkers. She and her husband now live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan (in an apartment recently featured in Architectural Digest) and summer in the Hamptons.

They hooked up three years ago at Alicia Key’s album release party despite having met five years previously at another function.

“She was a little more full-figured,” Mr. Reynolds says now. “She was sassy and sexy and she was smoking a cigar.”

The pair have no plans for children. “We’re trying to enjoy marriage,” Mr. Reynolds added before revealing that writing “was very therapeutic” for his 43-year-old wife, who is already planning another book and more book parties, to be sure.

Just then, the author leaned back on a coffee table and sent a champagne flute crashing to the floor.

“Isn’t that embarrassing?” she announced, clearly intent on continuing her confessional mode. “That was me.”

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