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Get healthy with George Hamilton


He’s known as an actor, playboy, Dancing with the Stars contestant and tanner extraordinaire.

But truth is, like all humans, George Hamilton is growing older. Not that the 73-year-old is taking his age sitting down.

The part-time Aventura resident was recently named to the advisory board of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and is sharing his views on health and wellness.

“Age is just a number if you eat right and make sure your body has the nutrients it needs,” says Hamilton, who has teamed with the Heart Health Foundation on the George Hamilton Health Makeover campaign. Go to to enter a contest in which the winner receives a trip to L.A. to partake in various good-for-you activities with the debonair star like food shopping, cooking demo, dinner and a workout. Safe to say: no tanning sessions.

Sad tale

Her life started as Vickie Lynn Hogan, a pretty but plain girl who grew up in a small Texas town and transformed herself into a voluptuous Playboy pinup. Her life ended as Anna Nicole Smith in a suite at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Feb. 8, 2007. See the tragic meets trashy story play out 8 p.m. Saturday on Lifetime’s original movie, Anna Nicole, starring Agnes Bruckner ( The Woods, Vacancy 2). It covers all the bases: from the model’s start as a dancer in a topless bar to her creepy marriage to decrepit millionaire J. Howard Marshall ( Martin Landau) and untimely death from an overdose at age 39.

Get cooking

He’s a rock star chef without the music. Makoto Okuwa, who has an eponymous modern Japanese restaurant at Bal Harbour Shops, is busy in NYC putting the finishing touches on a sure to be fabulous six course James Beard Foundation Dinner on Thursday night. It’s a pretty big deal, as it’s his first as headliner.

“I don’t get nervous,” Makoto said before his trip. “I worked under [Iron Chef] Morimoto so you could say I like competition and challenges overall.”

Believe it or not, when cooking for himself at home, Makoto doesn’t turn to slicing and dicing raw fish.

“I don’t really eat Japanese food anymore,” he says. “I love Italian food; I make my own pasta. And I’m a big meat eater.”

Fancy feet

Watch the progress of two locals who are in the Top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance. The Fox series is just launching into the live shows; the first elimination starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Curtis Holland, 19, impressed judges with his energy, speed and enthusiasm. “I’m like a machine gun,” the tap dancer said about his style. “I’m working to be the fastest person alive. I just go crazy just flying across like an eagle.”

Alexis Juliano, 18 and of Coral Springs, is a fellow tapper. She says she wants to “emotionally engage” the audience as well as “mesmerize” them with her feet.

Madeleine Marr

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