Celebs look to snag the swag before Emmys
With the Primetime Emmy Awards on just a couple of days away, Hollywood is swimming with stars. They're beckoned by gift suites and parties around town, while round-the-clock preparations are under way at the Nokia Theatre, where the awards will be presented Sunday.
Nearly a dozen gift suites scattered throughout the city drew celebs in search of free jeans, handbags and other luxury goodies.
Rachel Leigh Cook, “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Maurice Greene and stars from “High School Musical” were among those collecting gifts at Melanie Segal's Celebrity Emmy House in West Hollywood, a multistory private home with views of the storied Sunset Strip. Stars perused blow dryers, blue-tooth headsets, shoes and sunglasses.
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Gift suites “are a big deal,” said actress Monique Coleman, who grabbed candles, bath products and a Rock the Vote T-shirt. “They shouldn't be taken for granted.”
Her “High School Musical” co-star Kaycee Stroh called the freebies “a huge blessing,” adding that she was most interested in finding hats and jewelry.
At the Secret Room suite, stars such as Deborah Gibson and Zorianna Kit stocked up on vegan cosmetics and electromagnetic-charged water. Some had eyelash extensions applied. Others indulged in psychic readings and chair massages.
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