- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Where’s Terry?

At Monday’s American Ireland Fund Dinner, Brian Moran - former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, candidate for governor of Virginia, brother of Rep. James P. Moran and (most important resume item) Irishman - was making the rounds, glad-handing and politicking.

Notably absent from the crowd - which featured Pittsburgh Steelers owner and Ambassador-to-Ireland-designate Dan Rooney, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen and a host of Irish-American members of Congress - was Mr. Moran’s rival for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Terry McAuliffe, who revels in his Irishness.

Elizabeth Smith, a spokeswoman for the McAuliffe campaign, said Mr. McAuliffe was at a previously scheduled fundraiser.

Too busy for the Taoiseach, eh?

The Washington Times also caught up with Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, and inquired about the craziest thing he ever did on St. Patrick’s Day. “Nothing you can publish” was his terse reply.

Ditto for former Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton: “I’m with the senator on that one.”

Could there be pictures out there of these fellows with dyed green hair that we should know about?

As for other no-shows, mistress of ceremonies Norah O’Donnell was keen to point out the absence of a belly bump. She told the crowd that the first time she hosted the dinner, she was pregnant with her twins. The next year, she was pregnant again. “This year, I have an announcement to make,” she said. “My three children are doing just fine.”

- Stephanie Green

Critical condition

British actress Natasha Richardson was hospitalized after falling on a beginners trail during a lesson at the famed Mont Tremblant ski resort near Montreal, the resort and published reports said Tuesday.

IrishCentral.com reported that the Tony Award-winning actress and wife of actor Liam Neeson was in critical condition with a head injury. Mont Tremblant said Miss Richardson, 45, fell and later reported not felling well, Agence France-Presse reports.

Miss Richardson belongs to a British acting dynasty. She is the elder daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson. Her grandparents were actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson; her uncle Corin Redgrave and aunt Lynn Redgrave are actors, and so is her sister Joely Richardson. Mr. Neeson immediately left the filming of “Chloe” in Toronto to be with his wife.

Mercer winners

Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland will receive the 2009 Johnny Mercer Award in June in New York, Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Hal David announced Tuesday

The team, known as Holland-Dozier-Holland, often was credited with developing the Motown sound in hits written for the Supremes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and others. The team won 79 BMI Pop Songwriter Achievement Awards for its compositions.

Short takes

• Fave indie-film actress Parker Posey is going off-Broadway next season to be featured in “This,” a world-premiere comedy about the ups and downs of a woman turning 40.

• Singer Amy Winehouse appeared in a London court Tuesday and denied a charge of assaulting a woman in September after the Berkeley Ball charity event.

• Reuters news agency reports from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, that pop diva Madonna has said she may adopt another child there.

• Also from Reuters: “Saturday Night Live” cast member Andy Samberg has been tapped to host the upcoming MTV Movie Awards in May, the cable network announced Monday.

• Compiled by Richard Slusser from staff, wire and Web reports.

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