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Beyond The Red Carpet


From cheap skate to sticky fingers, while Winona Ryder is no- torious for her clothing swipe in a Beverly Hills boutique, my experi- ence with Hollywood celebrity- sticky-fingerness is with the less famous of the Hilton sisters. Nicky Hilton was out here in Oz a few years ago doing numerous campaign and magazine shoots. I was battling away in the early infancy of my jewellery design company, when i was asked to send in on consignment an assortment of jewels that Nicky could wear for different shoots. Jumping at the chance, I did up a little gift pack for Miss Hilton to keep of three pairs of chandelier style earrings valued at about $500. It was to my surprise when only ten of the twenty-five pieces of jewellery I sent in for the stylist


Beyond The Red Carpet with Samantha Wills I


t is with great pleasure that I am now an official Beast social correspondent! I will be out and about reporting on all the red carpet (and some not-so-red- carpet) events in and around the Eastern Suburbs, spilling the goss on all of the month’s events. As the Sydney social scene shut down over the Chrissy/ New Year period, it is just about to kick back into full speed of the bubbly, canapés, paparazzi and air kisses that is the Sydney circuit. As I get back into it this month, my following column is a reality on the age old saying of “To whom much is given, much is expected”... Take golfer Tiger Woods for example, who is one of the highest paid sportsmen of all time. A few years back he was playing blackjack at the


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Hard Rock Hotel. At $10,000 a hand to play, a cocktail waitress stopped by his table with some drinks. The golfing superstar tipped her $5 and his then girl- friend, Elin Nordigren, reminded Tiger he’d already previously tipped her, so he reached up to


It was to my surprise when only ten of the twenty-five pieces of jewellery I sent in for the stylist to select from for the shoot were returned! I was told that “Nicky liked them, so she just took a few pairs”... oh and a pair for her cousin also.


the waitress’ tray and took back his five bucks! You wouldn’t want to dig into that multi gazillion dol- lar fortune now would you Tiger?!


to select from for the shoot were returned! I was told that “Nicky liked them, so she just took a few pairs”... oh and a pair for her cousin also.


As I’ve come to learn, the above are not rare cases in the world that is multimillion dollar Hollywood, but it makes good sense as to why they are so rich... they really don’t pay for too much!


Samantha Wills is a celebrity ac- cessories designer and director of Samantha Wills Pty Ltd (read this column online at www.sa- manthawills.net. If you’re having an event (backyard BBQ’s don’t count) let us know and your shin- dig could be featured in the next instalment of ‘Beyond the Red Carpet with Samantha Wills’.


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