- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2007

Fit for a princess

Hundreds of guests attended the first birthday party Saturday for Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn.

Pink balloons decorated the iron gates in front of Louisville, Ky., socialite Tricia Barnstable Brown’s home, where Miss Smith and Dannielynn’s father, Louisville native Larry Birkhead, met at a party on the eve of the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

Invited guests had to surrender their cell phones before entering and sign a release form promising not to take any pictures. Dozens of children attended the party with their parents, many bearing large stuffed animals and other gifts.

A hot-air balloon shaped as a birthday cake adorned the front yard. Yellow police tape stretched around the yard and about a half-dozen off-duty police officers guarded the property.

Guest Tina Showalter said there was “a huge castle as big as a house” in the back yard along with bubble machines and a white carriage.

About a dozen onlookers hoped to get a glimpse of a celebrity, but they left disappointed.

Miss Smith, a former Playboy Playmate, gave birth to Dannielynn a few days before the death of her son, Daniel, 20, in the Bahamas. Miss Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February at age 39.

Howard K. Stern, her lawyer and companion, initially claimed to be Dannielynn’s father, but Mr. Birkhead, Miss Smith’s ex-boyfriend, eventually proved he was the father.

Paris when she sizzles

Paris Hilton is suing over the use of her picture and catchphrase “That’s hot” on a greeting card.

Miss Hilton sued Hallmark Cards Inc. in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles seeking an injunction and unspecified damages to be determined at trial.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, the card is titled “Paris’s First Day as a Waitress” and shows a photo of Miss Hilton’s face on a cartoon of a waitress serving a plate of food to a patron. In a dialogue bubble she says, “Don’t touch that, it’s hot.” The customer cartoon asks, “What’s hot?” She answers, “That’s hot.”

The suit says Miss Hilton owns the trademark “That’s hot,” which was registered on Feb. 13.

The lawsuit claims commercial appropriation of identity, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of publicity, false representation that Miss Hilton endorses the product, and infringement of a federally registered trademark. The damages would be based on profits from the $2.49 cards, said Hilton attorney Brent Blakely.

Hallmark defended the card as parody, which is normally protected under fair-use law.

“Some of Hallmark’s new humor greeting cards are parodies of today’s most popular celebrities and politicians,” said Hallmark spokeswoman Julie O’Dell in an e-mailed statement. “These cards take a satirical look at news and gossip surrounding these public figures, including Paris Hilton, and we do not believe Hallmark has violated any of Ms. Hilton’s rights.”

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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