- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2007

Big house call

The first sign Paris Hilton may be cracking in jail came Tuesday when her shrink and lawyer made a two-hour house call at the lockup, the New York Daily News reported in yesterday’s editions.

Dr. Charles Sophy, the psychiatrist who last month declared the 26-year-old hotel heiress too “distraught and traumatized” to testify in a civil suit against her, rushed to her aid just 35 hours after she checked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in California.

“I don’t discuss my patients,” said the media-savvy Beverly Hills psychiatrist, who has his own Web Site, when asked about his visit.


The celebrity news Web site TMZ.com also reported that Miss Hilton had been crying on the phone, complaining that she wasn’t able to sleep or eat and that her 12-by-8-foot cell was “freezing cold.”

Miss Hilton, who is being housed in isolation for her safety, is expected to serve up to 23 days for a probation violation stemming from a booze-related driving conviction. Inmates at the Lynwood facility are allowed “professional” visits from attorneys and others assisting in their legal defense during the week between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Because Miss Hilton can afford to pay “meeting” fees for lawyers and other pros, she can duck the weekday loneliness other inmates experience while waiting for family visits, which are allowed only on Saturdays and Sundays.

An anonymous admirer tried to send Miss Hilton a dozen red roses and a fruit basket, but the delivery was rejected because inmates aren’t allowed to receive gifts.

Meanwhile, the New York Post says Miss Hilton is rumored to have agreed already to give her first post-prison exclusive interview to Barbara Walters and ABC’s “20/20.”

End of an era

Jay Gates, director of the Phillips Collection, announced his retirement yesterday, effective with the appointment next year of a successor by the Phillips’ board of trustees. His announcement comes exactly nine years after he assumed the post.

Where there’s a Will

Along with making movies and advising pal Bruce Willis on jealousy issues over ex-wife Demi Moore, actor Will Smith is the ideal dad — both on-screen and off, according to a survey conducted last month by MarketTools on behalf of Blockbuster Inc.

The two-time Oscar nominee topped the poll’s Movie Dads You’d Most Like as Your Own category, garnering 19 percent of the vote for his portrayal of stockbroker/motivational speaker Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Following were George Banks (played by Steve Martin) in “Father of the Bride,” with 18 percent; Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 17 percent; Bernie Focker (Dustin Hoffman) in “Meet the Fockers,” 12 percent; and Jack Butler (Michael Keaton) in “Mr. Mom,” with 8 percent.

Mr. Smith — father of Trey, Willow and Jaden — also topped Blockbuster’s list of Celebrity Dads You’d Most Like as Your Own, with 25 percent of the vote. Russell Crowe (father of Charlie and Tennyson) was a distant second at 8 percent. Ben Affleck (father of Violet) and Brad Pitt (father of Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh and Pax), round out the pack with 7 percent of the vote each.

Jack Nicholson, as Jack Torrance in “The Shining,” led the category of Movie Dads You’d Least Like as Your Own with 35 percent. Also on the dubious list: Jim Carrey as Fletcher Reede in “Liar, Liar” (16 percent); David Prowse as Darth Vader in “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back” (13 percent); Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” (13 percent); and Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham in “American Beauty” (6 percent).

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