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April 15, 2010

Sandra Bullock Dries Her Tears... In Vermont

HBDEAwXaaGK_Pxgen_r_363xA A few days after Sandra Bullock took home the Oscar for best gal-next-door actress, it was revealed that her motorcyclist husband Jesse James was slumming it with a woman who has multiple facial tattoos and a fascination with White Power. Classy.

Naturally, our pal Sandy went into hiding after the philandering was revealed. What else do you do when your husband, whom you credit your career turnaround, has been caught engaging in a colossal act of scumbaggery?

But Sandy, sweet Sandy, didn't bury her head under a mountain of eiderdown pillows on her California king-size bed. No, the Blind Side sasspot repaired to the Vermont countryside where she could cry on the shoulder of her sister Gesine far from the long lenses of the Hollywood paps. Gesine used to own the eponymous bakery in Montpelier and currently peddles fancy French macarons (they're not macaroons, you philistine hayseeds) from somewhere in southern Vermont.

According to, Sandy (I call her Sandy because we're chummy like that) spent Easter noshing on Greek specialties at the Fair Haven Inn. Mihaela Ieremias, owner of the Fair Haven resto confirmed that in fact Sandy B., her sister Gesine Bullock Prado and Gesine's husband Raymond dined there with a few other folks on the day that Jesus rose from the dead. But Mihaela's lips were sealed beyond that.

"I don't want to give no more answers," Ieremias said when I called her yesterday to confirm the rumor. "We want to respect everyone's privacy so when they come back a second time, they can come back and be safe. And I don't want to say any more than that."

So there.

An anonymous "source" for online celeb gossip rag said "Her sister seemed very protective of her, but Sandra looked strong. She was far from a wreck." By strong, do they mean she looked jacked like a weight-lifter? What's she supposed to look like — a whipped dog?   

What I find so hilarious about this little bit of goss is that if Sandra Bullock was licking her wounds in St. Tropez or even St. Petersburg, we would hear about it. But once celebrities cross the force field that surrounds our little state, they seem to be safe from the prying eyes of the public. Or at least the public that cares about celebrity.

Bullock ate at the Fair Haven Inn on Easter, which was April 4 according to my 2010 Puppies of the World calendar. It took more than a week for that information to be disseminated, most likely via Pony Express, to New York and L.A. publications that actually care about this stuff.

Not one Vermont media outlet reported that one of the hottest movie stars of this decade currently embroiled in a tabloid-ready domestic meltdown stepped foot in our tiny nation-state. Either we suck at our jobs or we just don't care that much about them fancy Tinseltown cityfolk. I'd like to think it's the latter, however, since I am part of the media, I am compelled to admit the former. 

Vermont has a long history of celeb shielding. Where else could Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly tootle around in their Land Rover without anyone giving them so much as a passing glance? Where else could Karl Lagerfeld (Unkie Karl to me) bring a small platoon of rentboys without anyone batting an eyelash? Legions of other famous people from Whoopie Goldberg to Michael J. Fox to William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have taken up temporary residence here with practically no fanfare. Just look at Rusty DeWees, the Logger — he lives in Vermont year-round and no one cares.

Vermont is like the Mustique of the north, minus the tanning potential. If you're famous, you can come here and be left alone. To that end, I'm extending a special invitation to celebrities of all stripes (except professional baseball players and Miley Cyrus) — come to Vermont. We won't even notice you're here. 


Who's Sandra Bullock?

We already have the professional baseball players - The Spaceman is here.

Don't be so hard on the Vermont media, according to Gesine's facebook page, Confections of a Master Baker,

"There's a lovely article in Star Magazine that says we had a family dinner at an inn in VT for Easter Dinner. Sadly, never heard of the inn in my life. Also physically impossible as I was in Chicago for our 11th anniversary as Ray was working on a film there. So while I'm sure this is some...thing you already live by, I can say it from very personal experience that you can never, ever believe what you read."

I guess Vermonters don't care about celebrities except enough to write this trying-to-be-pithy-but-just-achieving cattiness-post. Waxing poetic about how we Vermonters don't care about celebrity and gossiping about celebrity in the same breath just seems smarmy.

Worth a fact check on this as it seems the woman at the Fairfield Inn is a liar. Sandra Bullocks sister was spotted by many on Easter day in Chicago - how could she possibly have been with "sandy" in Vermont. If you looking to blog about star sightings or ramble nonsence celeb gossip- Move somewhere else!!! Spare us please, most of us could really care less.
P.s when did Perez Hilton become a credible media fact source? Seriously?

Dear Jojo,

Thank you for your charming comment.

Two thoughts:

1. Here's a fact that was checked (by me). It was the Fair Haven Inn, not the Fairfield Inn.

2. Please see part 2 of this subject, in which I correct the erroneous blog post, here:

Good job Lauren..

Whats wrong with her these days?

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