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Demi Moore bouncing back, may soon start dating again

BEVERLY HILLS CA - APRIL 17:  Actress Demi Moore actress/photographer Amandde Cadenet arrive InStyle's celebratilaunch 'The Conversatiwith AmandDe Cadenet'

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 17: Actress Demi Moore and actress/photographer Amanda de Cadenet arrive at InStyle's celebration and the launch of 'The Conversation with Amanda De Cadenet' at a private residence on April 17, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for InStyle)

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Updated: November 20, 2012 6:19AM

So much has been written lately about how Demi Moore became something of a basket case in the wake of the collapse of her marriage to Ashton Kutcher, it should be noted that the actress finally is on the road to recovery.

So much so that a longtime close friend told me Thursday, “Demi is even at the point where she is beginning to think about dating again. … There’s no one on the scene yet, but she finally has come out of that long, long funk that she fell into after everything fell apart with Ashton last summer.”

That said, Moore is not thrilled to be seeing all those photos and reports about Kutcher and new love Mila Kunis.

“Can you blame her?” said a second source, also close to Moore. “After all, for all the years Demi and Ashton were together, Mila was simply a good friend of theirs — someone Ashton had long worked with [on ‘That ’70s Show’]. … It’s not easy to see photos of someone you loved so passionately looking romantic with another woman — especially someone you know well.”

As for Moore ducking the press and slipping into a side entrance at a big charity event in New York the other night, the second source added, “She knew all of the questions would be about how she’s doing, what she thinks about Ashton. … She didn’t need that.”

Everyone close to Moore is happy about one other thing. The actress clearly has put on some weight and “is back to looking like her old self,” said the first source.

† Besides Kunis, Kutcher has something else to smile about. Forbes magazine named him the highest paid actor on TV — making $24 million last year.

LOVE & ROMANCE: The on-again-off-again affair between Katy Perry and John Mayer is definitely back on — despite all the warnings about Mayer that Perry has been getting from her galpals ever since she first dated him.

Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife, Kelli Carpenter, is planning to marry cabaret singer Anne Steele next June. The two have dated for the past two-plus years but met 10 years ago on a cruise organized by Carpenter’s R Family Vacations company that runs vacations for gay and lesbian couples with kids.

O’Donnell, of course, herself has moved on and married Michelle Rounds, whom she met while doing her former “Rosie” talk show in Chicago.

Mel Gibson has a new lady in his life. The 56-year-old Oscar winner has been quietly dating Ashley Cusate, 38 — a successful Hollywood stunt woman who has stood in for Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz and Anne Hathaway, among others.

SPORTS SHORT: Tom Watson, the winner of the Masters, U.S. Open, several British Opens and three Western Opens, will be the keynoter at the Western Golf Association’s “Green Coat Gala” at the Peninsula Hotel on Nov. 9. The event raises funds for the Evans Scholars, a great program, founded in Chicago by champion golfer Chick Evans, that has been sending caddies to college since 1930.

Each year 800 caddies are provided full tuition, plus room and board — a group that now counts more than 10,000 in its alumni ranks.

BIG SCREEN BIT: Another “Scarface” is in the works. Noted screenwriter Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco,” “Quiz Show,” “House”) will rewrite a draft script penned by David Ayer — a contemporary update of the previous two films. Paul Muni starred in the 1932 original, followed by Al Pacino in the acclaimed 1983 “Scarface.”

MEDICAL MOMENT: Here’s a nice coincidence. Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, currently the 167th president of the American Medical Association, was a Senn High School grad back in 1961. Dr. Nicholas Senn — for whom the Chicago high school was named — himself was the 49th AMA president in 1897.

Meanwhile, the school’s yearlong 100th anniversary celebration begins Friday with the installation of “Senn Centennial Way” street signs surrounding the campus at Thorndale and Glenwood — courtesy of Ald. Harry Osterman (48th).

GLAD SHE’S GONE: While CouponCabin CEO Scott Kluth explained the firing of TV reality star Kate Gosselin from her blogging gig by calling her “not a good fit” with the “wonderful team and culture” at the online coupon outfit, sources say that was merely polite language for “she was too high-maintenance.”

Along with disappointing the CouponCabin folks with her blog entries — called “lame generalities” by a company source — the former “Kate Plus 8” personality was supposedly in need of constant special attention.

FIGHTING BULLYING: Chester Gregory, a 1995 graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s musical theatre program, has released a video cover of One Direction’s song “What Makes You Beautiful” — all to support National Bullying Prevention Month.

The video was released in memory of Amanda Todd, the Canadian teen who recently committed suicide after enduring many years of bullying and sexual harassment via the Internet.

Gregory, who has starred on Broadway (“Hairspray,” “Sister Act”) and at the Black Ensemble Theatre here, is also busy as a pop recording artist.

DON’T BLAME ME! With all the whispers floating around the Internet that it was Russell Crowe’s estranged wife Danielle Spencer’s relationship with Damian Whitewood that led to the couple’s marriage collapsing, Whitewood has come forward to deny all. The professional dancer — Spencer’s partner on the Australian version of “Dancing With the Stars” — has been photographed recently looking very cozy with Crowe’s wife of nine years, but he told Australia’s “Today Tonight” show that he’s “not the other man. … We were just great friends, great partners on the dance floor — and that was it.”

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Golf lovers had a field day Wednesday at Gibsons on Rush as Michigan Avenue magazine feted its current cover boy — top Brit golfer Luke Donald.

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