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An anagram is a type of word play, a result of rearranging the letters of a word or group of words to produce other words, using all original letters exactly once. It's amazing what kind of hidden meanings one can find in a name... for better or for worse.

The names of celebrity gossip mainstays and other noteworthy folk can be worked around to mean any number of things, ranging from the strangely appropriate ...

Old Skool Britney

Brangelina = Brain angle
Hayden Panettiere = Penitent, dear? Yeah.
Kim Kardashian = I am a kind shark
Simon Cowell = "Lemon, I scowl!"
Olivia Mojica = Ciao, I'm jovial.
Kevin Federline = Keen, fine drivel
George Walker Bush = Blush, war ogre geek!
Mario Lavandeira = I am a liar and over
Dustin Diamond = Undid saintdom

... to the highly amusing ...

Christopher Ivery = Oh, rich perversity
Anna Nicole Smith = Slim, innocent: Aha!
Calvin Broadus (a.k.a Snoop Dogg) = Good spark, unsocial vagabond
Stefani Schaeffer = Fat, fish-face sneer
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty = OK, mastered spotted hyena
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes = Hedonist miracles make out
Miss USA Tara Conner = Urinates on sarcasm

... to the purely nonsensical ...

Alec Baldwin = Nice bad wall!
Maksim Chmerkovskiy
= Hmm... is maverick sky OK?
Crazy Joe Simpson = Spicy major zones
Sanjaya Malakar = Am lanky as a jar
Jayden James Federline = Sanely jeered jam fiend
Kingston James McGregor Rossdale = Good morning! Crassest jerks gleam
Kristin Cavallari = Trivia link rascal

... to the suggestive and lewd ...

Axl Rose = Oral sex
Mel Gibson = Big melons
Lauren Conrad = Rude on carnal
Peter Sarsgaard = Grr (as a pederast)!
Michael Jackson = Manacle his jock
Madonna Louise Ciccone = Occasional nude income
President Clinton of the USA = To copulate, he finds interns

... to our personal favorites ...

Britney Spears = Best PR in years
Victoria Beckham = Am abortive chick
The Hollywood Gossip = God! Whoops! Hostilely!

by Mischalova at . Comments

Move over, Ashley Judd.

You're no longer the celebrity face of the University of Kentucky athletic department. As proven by the ad campaign below, that honor now falls to Tara Conner.

While we bet the school would sell even more tickets if it paired this former Miss USA with her ex-kissing partner, Katie Blair, we can see why just a glimpse of this beautiful face would spur interest in college hockey.

But if you're a university looking for an advertising edge, here are a few other ideas The Hollywood Gossip staff has come up to help spur ticket sales:

If all else fails, you can always hand out copies of the Lauren Conrad sex tape at the gates.

by Mischalova at . Comments

Sorry, guys. We wish this headline read "Tara Conner Shacks Up with Katie Rees in Las Vegas" as much as you do.

Instead, it appears as though the former Miss USA - she turned over her crown to Rachel Smith a few weeks - is remaining in Los Angeles with some guy she meant during this year's pageant.

Reports state that Conner has already moved into his home, in fact, as she's more hooked on him than she ever was on cocaine.

Yeah, right.

There's no word yet on how Tomiko Nash and other ex-contestants feel about Tara's move away from New York. But The Hollywood Gossip staff wishes this buddy of Donald Trump all the best in any career move she makes out there.

Maybe she could babysit for Marcia Cross' twins.

by Mischalova at . Comments

Stay sober, Rachel Smith. That's the best advice we can give the new Miss USA.

Smith, 21, will no longer be known simply as Miss Tennssee any longer, as she beat out finalists Meagan Yvonne Tandy of California; Cara Renee Gorges of Kansas; Helen Salas of Nevada; and Danielle Lacourse of Rhode Island.

The true focus of the evening, of course, wasn't Smith. It was the woman placing the tiara on her head: Tara Conner.

"It has been the most unforgettable year of my life and I'm back, and better than ever," Conner proclaimed after she took the stage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to answer questions from cohosts Nancy O'Dell and Tim Vincent of Access Hollywood.

She also revealed her future plans included writing a book, doing correspondence work and trying some acting. Perhaps Tara and Antonella Barba could team up for some sort of stage performance. Who wouldn't by tickets to that?

Before the show, Conner summed up her year by following in the third person footsteps of Jennifer Hudson: "The reign of Tara was miraculous. Literally, because I got sober during it, and that's the most important thing."

Donald Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants with NBC (where the pageant will stay for the next three years), told People magazine before the telecast, "We're very happy with Tara, very proud, and hopefully she will have set the example for many people that have problems with drugs and alcohol."

We can only hope Jesse Metcalfe is listening.

by Mischalova at . Comments

Rosie O'Donnell may hate Donald Trump.

But the billionaire has made quite the impression on someone much better looking.

Former coke head and beauty queen Tara Conner stopped by "Last Call with Carson Daly" on Friday night and admitted she'd still be a user (or worse) without The Donald's help.

"I'd probably still be using," she said.

"I could be dead or in jail, I'm grateful."

Daly also asked the soon-to-be-unthroned Miss USA what she thought of Britney Spears' coming and goings from Promises rehab.

Like a true pageant winner, Conner kept her answer diplomatic:

"It's different strokes for different folks, I had to stay put because my disease was progressed way too far to be jumping in and out."

Conner, however, did not comment on the chances of another Miss USA, Shandi Finnessey, to win Dancing with the Stars.

by Mischalova at . Comments

It's not easy remaining sober.

Just ask Britney Spears.

But it looks as though Tara Conner has made it alcohol-free for three months now. So it's about time the 2006 Miss USA winner got her partying hat on!

Tara and this year's beauty pageant contestants attended a Hollywood nightclub to celebrate the, well, crowning achievement recently.

It's safe to assume that Katie Rees was invited, if only because it makes for a more exciting story.

Meanwhile, no word on whether or not Donald Trump stopped by to congratulate his project, but we do hope other alcoholics take notice.

It is possible to change, Britney.

Jason Filyaw can show you the way.

by Mischalova at . Comments

The Lexington Herald-Leader recently caught up with our favorite redeemed beauty queen, Tara Conner:

I read that you are up for a starring role in a Broadway production of Chicago. Is that true?
I have been talking with the people at Chicago, so, you know, I've been working with them a little. I'm not sure when this is going to take place, or if, but it's a possibility that it could. I'm not sure yet.

* The Hollywood Gossip note: First Ashlee Simpson and now Tara Conner. This show really goes after the most talented, huh?

What was your rehab experience?
Rehab for me was basically like an awakening. I had troubles. We all have issues we have to deal with. It's kind of funny that it happened during my reign as Miss USA.

(It was) the worst time for that to happen, but in the same sense, it was the best time for all of this to happen. It made me truly appreciate the little things in life, made me truly appreciate my job and the role in this society. It humbled me a lot. It taught me how to be honest. It taught me to be the genuine Tara. I didn't know who she was.

* The Hollywood Gossip note: She's someone that talks in the third person, obviously. We can't wait to hear what Britney Spears has to say about the Britney Spears stint in rehab.

What kinds of things did you discover about yourself while you were there?
There was a lot of things -- being dishonest. I was very dishonest before. I had many masks that I wore on a daily basis, basically just out fear of unacceptance. I felt inadequate. It was a very, very hard time for me.

I learned to find my confidence and my self-esteem. I learned that I can face this life without fear because that's what holds us back. I don't have to wear a mask. It's kind of like: "Take me or leave me, love me or leave me," because this is who I am, this is what I've done, but this is how I am today, and that's what really matters.

We've heard a lot of stories lately of young, famous women (e.g. Lindsay Lohan) having problems with addiction and heading into rehab. What effect do you think this has on the public's perception of addiction and rehabilitation?
I hope this has the correct effect. A lot of people assume that addicts and alcoholics are people who let things get out of control, they don't take responsibility. A lot of people look at it as an easy way out.

To be quite honest, rehab is one of the hardest things you can ever go through. It's not the hardest thing. Because you have to sit down and you have to face yourself and you have to work through your stuff. No one wants to sit down and look themselves dead in the eye and admit, "This is your flaw. This is a flaw of yours."

How do you think your time as Miss USA will change future pageants? Do you think this has changed the public's perception of pageant queens and those people up on stage?
I used to look at pageant queens and think to myself, "Wow, they're perfect. I could never be them." In a lot of my interviews, people would say, "Did you expect to win?" and I'd say, "I went into complete shock." I didn't think that I was lucky enough. And when I said I didn't think I was lucky enough, deep down I thought, "I'm not perfect. How am I ever supposed to pull off this job that's perfect?" ... We're not perfect women. We're humans just like everybody else. We all make mistakes, we all have our own problems. I'm sure we can find an issue with everybody. Nobody's perfect.

* The Hollywood Gossip note: Except for fellow pageant winner, Katie Rees.

by Mischalova at . Comments

It was probably not the day at the beach that Miss USA Tara Conner had in mind.

With winds whipping on a frigid February afternoon, the occasional kissing partner of Katie Blair was at Jones Beach yesterday, doing a photo shoot to promote Donald Trump's $40 million planned catering facility, Trump on the Ocean.

"I'm good," said Conner, modeling off-the-shoulder bridal dresses. "I'm cold, but I'm fine."

And clean. And sober. We assume, at least.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump himself told Newsday in Wednesday's editions that using Conner as "the face" of Trump on the Ocean will help revamp her image.

Avoiding any nude Katie Rees-type pictures might also help - despite disappointing legions of men around the world.

Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, said at a much-publicized press conference in December that Conner could keep her crown if she straightened up.

"We are trying to get Tara in the mainstream in a positive way," he said, before muttering something under his breath about Chelsea Cooley rotting in Hell.

Conner thanked Trump for giving her a second chance, but avoided commenting on the feud between the billionaire developer and The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell that developed over his decision to let her keep her title.

"I just want to finish my lunch," Conner when asked about the long-running disagreement.

by Mischalova at . Comments

Forget you, Tamiko Nash!

The runner-up to everyone's favorite Miss USA has blown her chance to make headlines with Tara Conner - so the recovering alcoholic is running it back with a different, younger, occasionally lesbian beauty queen.

Indeed, Conner hooked up with Miss Teen USA Katie Blair once again ... this time on a runway.

The lovely ladies took part in the Tadashi Shoji fashion show Sunday morning, doubling as pageant-level arm candy for the designer. We're surprised Heidi Montag wasn't also invited along for PR purposes.

Conner continued her tour of contrition clad in a vampy black number, while her ex-kissing partner wore a short gold dress. This time, sadly, there was none of that impromptu girl-on-girl action these two have become famous for.

They need to invite Katie Rees along next time.

by Free Britney at . Comments

Embattled Miss USA Tara Conner, fresh out of rehab, is making the rounds on the talk show circuit in an attempt to rehabilitate her (oversexed, alcoholic) image.

Matt Lauer, host of NBC's Today Show and universally recognized sexy beast, recently became one of the prime stops on Tara's post-rehab tour.

Matt Lauer: King of Cool

Neither was into it.

As you can see, Lauer just wants bigger ratings. What is a sober, regretful Tara Conner going to do for him? Now she's just another sweetheart from the South. He'd be better off bringing back Tom Cruise for another debate on the merits of psychiatry.

As for Miss Coke Head USA, her mind is clearly elsewhere as well. Like us, she can't get those pictures of fellow disgraced beauty queen Katie Rees out of her head. We know Tara's into girl on girl action, but keep it together, girl! You're on TV!

Yeah. How these two even carried on a conversation is beyond us. But there's little doubt that Chelsea Cooley and Tamiko Nash were fuming when they watched it.

Tara Conner Biography

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Dallas, Texas
Full Name
Tara Elizabeth Conner
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