Miami Beach High School graduate Marcy Ross was thrust into the limelight this week after a photo of her and Oscars host Seth MacFarlane ended up on the gossip website of another local product, Perez Hilton.
The photo showed Family Guy creator MacFarlane walking out of a Beverly Hills power lunch spot with a smiling Ross. The caption referred to MacFarlane and a “mystery” woman and cheekily implied there might have been something more than dining going on.
You guessed it: The “mystery” woman is Ross, the happily married mother of two — and the sister of Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan.
Ross, who recently resigned from a top position at Fox Broadcasting Co., says the meeting was just about good food and companionship.
“I’m flattered they thought I’d be Seth’s type,” Ross tells me. “I’m not his type. He likes them much younger.
“But I worked with Seth on Family Guy and American Dad for years, and we’re great friends.”
Hilton’s the guy who, in 2007, breathlessly announced the death of Fidel Castro and Miami police’s preparation for riots. So, how likely would it be that he’d have the correct information about an innocent lunch between two adults?
“It’s all absurd, but it’s Perez,” Ross said. “Seth and I and everybody else had a good laugh about it.”
Said big brother Kaplan: “We had Perez at signings at Books & Books. He’s amusing.”
Hilton didn’t respond to an email for comment.
Heat is on circuit
The yearly Women of Tomorrow fundraising gala had a distinct Miami Heat flavor over the weekend.
For one thing, Heat President Pat Riley and wife Chris took place at the head table to help the nonprofit — founded by former NBC 6 boss Don Browne and ex-anchorwoman Jennifer Valoppi — raise more than $700,000 to send young women to college.
And then, the black-tie gala was a coming-out party of sorts for Savannah Brinson, Heat superstar LeBron James’ fiancée.
Brinson said it was her first society gala since the couple arrived from Cleveland nearly three years ago. And she seemed impressed with the pageantry, the gowns and the decorations.
Plus, Brinson running into James’ boss (Riley) and showing him she’s getting involved with Miami’s social fabric was an added bonus.
“This is amazing,” the 26-year-old mother of two said as she surveyed the lavishly decorated room. “I’ve never seen anything quite like this. I really like the cause, which is to send young girls who can’t afford it to college. Nothing could be more important.”
Brinson told Gossip Extra she’s trying to start her own charity program to distribute prom dresses to high school girls who can’t afford them.
The family of dead South Florida saxophonist Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band’s legendary “big man,” has been cleared to go to trial later this year on a complaint against three doctors who treated him.
The musician died a week after a massive stroke in 2011, but brother William Clemons contends in a lawsuit that the death was avoidable.
According to the complaint, Palm Beach County doctors Robert Jacobson, David Dodson and Keith Meyer should have prescribed Clemons the blood thinner Lovenox before his carpal-tunnel hand surgery.
Clemons’ family asserts that the doctors’ failure to administer the drug likely caused the stroke.