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Monica Lewinsky Puts Blue Dress Behind Her

By Anne Cohen

Monica Lewinsky is putting her beret behind her — and her blue dress too.

Now 40, Lewinsky speaks out in the June edition of Vanity Fair. The time has come, she writes, “to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”

After nearly 10 years of silence, the question is: why now?

Lewinsky explains following the tragic suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi in 2010 — after the 18-year-old was secretly shown kissing another man via Webcam) — ”my own suffering took on a different meaning.”

“Perhaps by sharing my story,” she explained, “I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?”

The article, a preview of which is available on VanityFair.com, serves up nuggets of gossip on a silver platter (and promises a lot more to come).

On Bill Clinton:

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

“Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position… . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

On Beyoncé:

She requests one correction of Beyoncé, regarding the lyrics to her recent hit “Partition”: “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’”

On finding jobs:

“I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.” After moving between London (where she got her master’s degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics), Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, Oregon, she interviewed for numerous jobs in communications and branding with an emphasis on charity campaigns, but, “because of what potential employers so tactfully referred to as my ‘history,’” she writes, “I was never ‘quite right’ for the position.

On her future:

It is time to stop “tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)

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Marc Mezvinsky's Apartment For Sale

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

If you can’t keep up with the Clintons, you can at least try and live like them.

Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton’s banker hubby, is unloading his $4.5 million apartment at the Grand Madison, a 12-story, 191-unit building at 225 Fifth Avenue, the Real Deal reported. Mezvinsky, 35, had reportedly purchased the three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bath condo for $4 million in 2008.

The couple, who had been living in the apartment since their wedding in 2010, have just closed on a $10 million 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, 6 1/2- bath apartment at the nearby Whitman, across from Madison Square Park. The five-story luxury building has a key-locked elevator and one apartment per floor.

According to the New York Post, Clinton’s rep noted “Chelsea and Marc love the neighborhood and are excited to be staying close by.”

President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured the apartment in March and gave their seal of approval, pausing to take pictures with some of the construction workers.

In the meantime, for a mere $4.5 million in spare pennies, you too can get a taste of the high life.

Check out the couple’s new pad below:

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Bill Clinton Wins Father Of The Year

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton

It’s not everyday that your achievements in fatherhood merit both recognition from the community and a TextFromHillary.

Former President Bill Clinton was honored by the National Father’s Day Committee at the 72nd Annual Father Of The Year Awards, during a lunch benefiting Save The Children on Tuesday. Presented with the award by daughter Chelsea, he joked:

“I [received] a text message from Hillary [Clinton] saying, ‘Congratulations. I think you deserve this.’ In our family, that’s a very big deal,” he said in his acceptance speech. The honor has been given out by the National Father’s Day Committee since 1942.

It’s unclear which was more significant (after all, quips from Hillary are rare gems.

Chelsea, whose presence at the ceremony was a surprise, gushed over her daddy.“Every day he’s my dad, and I don’t need an award to tell me he’s the best that I ever could have hoped for,” she said. “But I’m grateful he’s getting the recognition that I, of course, his unapologetically biased daughter, think he’s always deserved.”

The 33-year old added that hubby Marc Mezvinsky will have a hard act to follow. “Of all reasons that I’m proud of my father, I’m most proud that he’s my dad and that he’s always been there for me. And he’s set the bar very high for my husband, as Marc [Mezvinsky] and I think about having our own children,” she said. “He has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.”

In his acceptance speech, Clinton added that despite his heavy load of responsibilities, first as Governor of Arkansas and then as President of the United States, his daughter has always been his first priority. According to Parade magazine, he concluded by recounting an episode from Chelsea’s birth, during which he had to fight with the hospital staff who wouldn’t let him be present for his wife’s Cesarean section “If you send her into that room without me, I think you’re making a big mistake … I want to see my daughter born,” he remembered saying. Eventually, the doctors gave in. “They let me go in and hold Hillary’s hand. I saw Chelsea come out, and it changed the hospital’s policy on letting fathers into the delivery room when surgery was required. And from that day to this, I have believed without the shadow of a doubt that it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”

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Stars Flock to Salute Barbara Streisand

By Anne Cohen

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James Brolin and Barbra Streisand

The movers and shakers of the glamorous set were out in droves Monday night to raise their glasses in a toast to Barbra Streisand, who was given the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin award at Avery Fisher Hall Monday night.

Called a “true legend and hometown girl,” Streisand is the first woman to have written, produced, directed and acted in an American film, the New York Daily News reported.

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve been called ‘bossy and opinionated,’ ” said Streisand. “Well, I guess I am. Three cheers for bossy women!”

Former President Bill Clinton handed Streisand her award, while Liza Minnelli serenaded her with renditions of “Funny Lady” and “Isn’t This Better.”

Among the glittery guests were Blyth Danner, George Segal, Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeremy Irons, and Streisand’s hubby, James Brolin.

Way to go Babs!

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Chelsea Clinton On Hillary, And Running For Office

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton at CGIU

In an intriguing interview on Monday’s “Today Show,” Chelsea Clinton said that she would be open to running for office someday.

“Right now I’m grateful to live in a city, in a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president, my senators and my representative,” she said, adding that “If at some point that weren’t true and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I’d have to ask and answer that question.”

As for whether or not her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be running for president in 2016, anything is possible.

“I deeply respect and appreciate all of the admiration and respect and gratitude for my mother’s service,” Clinton said. “As a daughter, I very much want her to make the right choice for herself. I know that will be the right choice for our country, and I’ll support her in whatever she chooses to do.”

After years of shrinking from the spotlight, Chelsea Clinton has stepped up her game. She recently took a leading role at CGIU, the Clinton Global Initiative’s meeting for college students, where she appeared with daddy Bill and moderated panels and discussions, and appeared on the cover of Parade on Sunday.

Surprisingly, Chelsea doesn’t attribute her interest in public service to her parents, but rather to her grandmother, Hillary’s mother, who died in 2011. “She probably didn’t think of it as urging,” Chelsea told “Today,” “she definitely thought of it as, you know, grandmotherly nagging, and she exercised that prerogative often.”

Bubbe knows best.

Watch the whole interview here:

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Chelsea Clinton and Hubby Buy $10.5M Condo

By Anne Cohen

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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Hey NoMad, you have new neighbors!

Chelsea Clinton and hubby Marc Mezvinsky have signed a contract for a $10.5 million condo across the street from Madison Square Park, the New York Post reported Thursday.

The couple will be moving into 5000-square-feet on the fourth floor of 21 East 26th Street, including four bedrooms, six and a half baths, a media room, and views of the park (see pictures below). The gigantic master suite has two baths and two dressing rooms — essential for any couple who plans on staying married.

Condo fees are $4,342 a month, and the monthly real-estate taxes are $7,913, MSN Real Estate reported.

The aforementioned full-floor condo is located in a new Flatiron development called The Whitman, a residential building converted from a 1924 showroom owned by the plumber’s union. Tres chic.

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Babs Gives $10 Million for Women’s Heart Health

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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On June 14, Barbra Streisand opened her home and her wallet for women’s heart health. Tired of gender inequality in cardiovascular disease research, Streisand hosted a fundraiser dinner for the cause under a tent on the property of the Malibu home she shares with her husband, James Brolin.

Joining Streisand were many of her showbiz friends, some of whom paid as much as $100,000 per couple to support the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Streisand herself donated $10 million toward the establishment of the research and treatment center. The Los Angeles Times reported that she has also solicited additional $1 million gifts from celebrities such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, media mogul Barry Diller, designers Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren and financier Ronald Perelman.

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Clintons: Surviving as MOTB, FOTB and Converting

By Ilana Arazie

“If you can survive being an MOTB, being the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism seems like a relief,” Hillary Clinton quipped recently to fellow MOTB – Mother of the Bride – U.S. Special Envoy To Combat Antisemitism Hannah Rosenthal at an event honoring Rosenthal in Washington.

Clinton has been taking time from Middle East policy to help her daughter Chelsea with tastings and dress fittings for her upcoming wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on July 31. Specifics of the wedding have been kept so quiet that “details are harder to ferret out than the president’s Afghanistan strategy,” the New York Times Style Section declared this Sunday.

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