Hollywood spends on the election

As we put another Election Day to bed, it’s interesting to note where some Hollywood types put their campaign donations this year. According to the New York Post, director Stephen Spielberg was generous with Democrats, sending some of his cash to Michigan, to Rep. Gary Peters as well as to Democrat Alison Grimes in her battle against Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, in Kentucky. Grimes also got contributions from a slew of Tinsel Town notables, including Spielberg, Danny DeVito,Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Black, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld,Tom Hanks, Cameron Diaz and Nicholas Cage. On the GOP side, Marlo Thomas donated to Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, producer Jerry Bruckheimer sent money to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Donald Trump spread $100,000 among 15 Republican candidates.

All about the dress

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who brought womankind the wrap dress in the ’70s, confesses in her new memoir “The Woman I Wanted to Be” that despite her many loves (which included doomed superstar model Gia Carangi and actor Richard Gere), “only two men were truly great loves. I married both of them.” That would be Prince Egon von Furstenberg and movie mogul Barry Diller, to whom she is still wed. The prince was wealthy, but their high-flying life was so decadent that von Furstenberg bailed out for the independent life of a working woman, running her fashion empire. As for Diller, their bond was immediate, surprising many. “His friends were incredulous. No one had known him with a woman before. That made me feel that I was the most special woman in the world,” von Furstenberg writes.

As for the famous wrap dress, “I owe everything to that little dress: my independence, Cloudwalk, my children’s education, the trips we took, the donations I make, the Bentley I drive, my place in fashion history ...”

Brown on the attack

Looks like those court-ordered anger management classes aren’t working: Chris Brown fired off a bunch of insults via Instagram (“trout mouth” among other things) last week to Toni Braxton’s sis, Tamar Braxton, after the latter criticized Brown on her show “The Real.” Tamar fired back: “Should have and could have picked up the phone!! ... or watched the show for yourself!!! At least that's what REAL men do!” Brown better dress up for his performance Friday on the “Soul Train Awards 2014” because Tamar is hosting the awards’ Red Carpet Show on Centric. The Soul Train Awards Red Carpet Show airs at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 on Centric, with the Soul Train Awards airing an hour later, 8 p.m., on Centric and the BET Networks.

Anjelica for the TKO

In an excerpt in the latest Vanity Fair (on sale Nov. 11), from the second volume of her memoirs, “A Story Lately Told,” Anjelica Huston reveals that after reading about one of ex-boyfriend Jack Nicholson’s romantic indiscretions in “Playboy,” she got a little physical with him. “I beat him savagely about the head and shoulders. He was ducking and bending, and I was going at him like a prizefighter, raining a vast array of direct punches,” Huston writes. Nicholson was a good sport about the beatdown. Huston replied, “You’re welcome, Jack — you deserved it.”

Compiled by Susan Whitall

Today’s birthdays

Kevin Jonas, 26

Sam Shepard, 70

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