2011 Tony Awards

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Christie Brinkley Wins $35k Diamond Watch After Aiding “Gift-Suite Escort”

Stars: they’re not just like us! It’s hard to imagine any regular earthling being able to relate to Christie Brinkley‘s pre-Tony adventure, as described in Page Six. The supermodel/new Chicago star was being taken to the gifting suite, where celebs pick up free crap in exchange for attending the event, when her “gift-suite escort” fainted. Though the paper says Brinkley “took on the role of doctor,” it seems Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer scored orange juice and a cookie for the poor woman, while Brinkley “fanned and reassured the dazed young victim until paramedics arrived.” Because that’s what doctors do: fan and reassure.

While it was certainly nice of Christie to not step over her ailing escort and head straight to the free shwag, the former Mrs. Billy Joel did eventually get something for her trouble—a $35,000 diamond-encrusted watch that she “won” from Audemars Piguet (presenters were given keys to try and unlock a box containing the bounty). No wonder she was so chipper during the ceremony! It’s nice to know that good deeds don’t go unrewarded…at least when you’re famous.

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TONY Awards Red Carpet: The Older Ladies Do It Better

What was in the water when these ladies were growing up? ‘Cause we’ll have some! The 2011 TONY Awards took place yesterday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and we’re in awe of the slew of all the “older” actresses that walked the carpet. We’re not being derogatory about age at all. We genuinely think that the so called young Hollywood lot could learn a thing or two from ladies like Edie Falco (aged 47), Ellen Barkin (57), Brooke Shields (46) and Marg Helgenberger (52) because they looked incredible. Christie Brinkley looked pretty damn fine too, but we didn’t like the strapless blue gown she wore. And God Bless her soul, we love you Whoopi Goldberg, but what the hell were you wearing? She had some bizarre hat and an outfit that looked like it was made from cheap curtains on, which you’ll able to see in our gallery below.

A word about the gentlemen during the evening. Could Neil Patrick Harris (he was the host of the show) and partner David Burtka get any more handsome? Al Pacino could have taken a couple of styling tips considering he wore a weird headband, but his girlfriend, gorgeous Lucila Sola (who is 40 years younger than him) didn’t seem to mind. Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle all suited up too, so take a look at the pictures and tell us what you think.

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