Monica Lewinsky ‘is permanently stained’ by Bill Clinton scandal
WITH BILL ZWECKER September 8, 2011 7:06PM
Monica Lewinsky in 2006
Updated: November 9, 2011 1:10PM
M onica Lewinsky.
Now, there’s a name that has not been in the news much lately. The world’s most famous White House intern reportedly is living a fairly lonely, solitary life and, while not as desperate as profiled in the National Enquirer, “Monica’s situation is certainly not a happy one,” a source very close to Lewinsky told me.
† Believe it or not, Lewinsky’s big dream is to launch her own public relations firm — a concept that draws guffaws from anyone remotely connected to PR.
Even a Lewinsky friend tells me, “While Monica really has a good sense of PR strategizing, she frankly doesn’t realize she will never escape the Clinton scandal — something most clients want nothing to do with.
“I hate to make a bad pun — but she is permanently stained by that scandal.”
In the meantime, Lewinsky, who’s now 38, reportedly has been working free-lance (behind the scenes) for a public relations firm owned by a friend.
† The source also said that Lewinsky is lucky to be the beneficiary of some family trust funds that provide for her major source of income. Her handbag business has flopped, and she no longer owns her own home. She splits her time between condos owned by Lewinsky family members in both Los Angeles and New York.
† Lewinsky’s social life is a fairly quiet one. She often eats out in restaurants alone and rarely dates.
“Unfortunately, there are a number of lowlifes out there who want to date Monica only in order to try to tell their buddies they slept with the girl who gave Bill Clinton [sexual favors] in the White House,” added the source.
SHOULD BE FUNNY: The final lineup of roasters for the upcoming televised celebrity roast of Charlie Sheen has been announced. Comics Jon Lovitz, Patrice O’Neal and Amy Schumer, plus actress Kate Walsh and TV veteran William Shatner will join previously announced Anthony Jeselnik, Steve-O, Jeffrey Ross, Mike Tyson and roastmaster Seth MacFarlane.
A special appearance by rock guitar-meister Slash is also promised for “Charlie Sheen Is Playing With a Full Deck!” — taping Saturday and slated for broadcast on Comedy Central on Sept. 19.
OUT OF STYLE: In the wake of disgraced ex-Dior designer John Galliano being convicted by a French court of making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris bar, Hollywood fashionistas are quickly dumping their Galliano gowns.
While some frugal types supposedly are merely pulling out the dresses’ labels, Tinseltown stylists say that won’t work. Galliano’s creations were so iconic they are too easy to spot.
The talented designer is considered finished professionally due to his now-revealed deep-seated anti-Jewish feelings.
“He’ll never be able to design under his own name — unless it’s in North Korea or Iran,” a top Hollywood stylist told me Thursday.
CHICAGO CONNECTION: Not only was much of “Contagion” (opening Friday) filmed in Our Town with stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law, but the film’s producers turned to Loyola University Medical Center and Dr. Jorge Parada to add a touch of authenticity.
Parada, director of infectious disease and prevention at LUMC, personally selected appropriate medical texts and papers on infectious disease — and they’re featured in the movie, about a virus that kills millions.
PRIORITIES, PRIORITIES: People are laughing about Lindsay Lohan saying she can’t afford to see a psychiatrist but can spend hundreds weekly on coloring and styling her hair and getting extensions, nail treatments and facials.
TAKE A BOW: Emmy winner Mary Tyler Moore — who won our hearts as Laura Petrie and Mary Richards but also touched us with searing dramatic roles, as in her Oscar-nominated role in the North Shore-made “Ordinary People” — will be honored with the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award at the 18th annual SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.
† Congrats to popular McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, who will be the honoree at the “Dinner of Champions” annual fund-raiser for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Thursday night fete at Navy Pier will be emceed by WLS-Channel 7 anchor Kathy Brock and feature headliners Tom Dreesen and former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira and her husband, Richard Cohen, who will share their story of living with MS.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on WFLD-Channel 32