- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A song for his Mrs.

This time he’s singing about an “East End Girl.”

Billy Joel, who famously sang about ex-wife Christie Brinkley in his hit “Uptown Girl,” is releasing his first pop single in 14 years.

According to Associated Press, “All My Life” will be available on People magazine’s Web site Wednesday and can be downloaded from ITunes starting Feb. 20. Mr. Joel, 57, wrote the song as an anniversary present for his present wife, Katie Lee Joel. It also will be in stores later this year.

Mrs. Joel, 26, hosted the first season of the Bravo TV series “Top Chef.” She also writes a culinary and lifestyle column for Hamptons Magazine. The couple were married in 2004 at Mr. Joel’s mansion in Oyster Bay.

The Piano Man also will sing the national anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl and begins his latest tour Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Babs’ generous gift

Barbra Streisand has donated $10,000 to a performing arts high school in Minnesota, which says her record label plans to contribute an additional $10,000 worth of audio-visual gear.

The St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, which serves ninth through 12th grades, announced the donations Tuesday, AP reports.

Terry Tofte, the school’s executive director, says he first learned of the gifts last month, adding that the school had no contact with Miss Streisand’s staff up to that point and that he didn’t know of anybody at the school who had even attended her Oct. 24 concert at the nearby Xcel Energy Center. The Streisand Foundation told the school that the superstar identifies an arts organization to support in the cities where she tours.

Miss Streisand’s tour was ranked the second-highest-grossing tour in North America last year, generating $92.5 million in gross sales, with an average ticket price of $298.36, according to Pollstar, the industry trade magazine.

Liz disses first hubby

Film legend Elizabeth Taylor is describing her first husband, Conrad Hilton Jr., as a “cruel” drunk in a new magazine interview, the Internet Movie Database reports.

The actress was a teenager when she exchanged vows with the hotel heir in 1950 and was so smitten with the handsome socialite that she studied Catholicism to be his wife. However, she admits she never took the union seriously enough and divorced Mr. Hilton — who is the uncle of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton’s father, nine months later after discovering he had a drinking problem.

In a candid new expose with Interview magazine editor Ingrid Sischy, the actress recalls, “When I got a divorce … I never told the court why, but he was cruel. When he drank it all came out, and I hadn’t seen that before because he was on the wagon the eight months we were engaged.”

Miss Taylor, who went on to wed another seven times, also said she had an inkling her first marriage wouldn’t work out as she stood before the archbishop on her big day.

“When I had to swear in front of the archbishop to be a good wife and all that stuff, I had my fingers crossed behind my back because I didn’t know if I could be a good wife,” she said.

Boohoos for Barbaro

Kristin Davis, the usually cheery actress — whose “Sex and the City” character, Charlotte York, dearly loved her equine friends — was irate when asked about the death of Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner that was euthanized Monday after a long struggle with leg trouble since fracturing an ankle in the Preakness Stakes.

According to TMX.com, Miss Davis became short with photographers and began yelling, “I don’t wanna talk about it, please, please,” before trotting away.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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