By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
When in Washington, carpooling the kids or schmoozing politicians and diplomats with her hubby, she simply refers to herself as "George's lovely wife." As in Mrs. George Stephanopoulos, spouse of the newsman who hosts ABC's This Week. But don't kid yourself. Alexandra Wentworth is fast proving to be a hot Hollywood property whose critically acclaimed cable TV show, Head Case, evenly competes with This Week for major star "gets." In her show, which resumes on Starz starting March 20, Wentworth plays an undisciplined Hollywood psychiatrist to major entertainment figures, including Jerry Seinfeld, Macy Gray, and Hugh Hefner, who amazingly agree to sit on the couch in an unscripted, semi-tongue-in-cheek session.
Not really that much different from the more serious This Week, she suggests. "I'm always selling George on cross-pollinating guests," says Wentworth. "I mean, Jessica Simpson is a Republican. Wouldn't you like to know what she thinks about stuff?"
The daughter of former Reagan social secretary Muffie Brandon Cabot, Wentworth is giving the notion serious thought, as she likes politics more than she lets on. Next season, for example, Ali tells us that she'd like to steal away some of George's guests. "I would go Rush Limbaugh. I would go Karl Rove—people I would really like to bite into, so to speak," she says. "I'm going to try next season, I really am. All they can say is no."
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