Lena Dunham loves the “Eloise” books so much she keeps the character with her always, in a tattoo on her back.
It wasn’t the $ 3.7 million book advance that did it for Lena Dunham. The high point of her short career so far has been a friendship with an eccentric illustrator of the “Eloise” books, she tells Confidenti@l. “If my career stopped now, it will have been worth it, because I attracted the attention of Hilary Knight,” said Dunham at the screening of her new movie about the artist, “It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise.” Knight had sent a letter to Dunham when he heard she was an up-and-coming TV star who had a tattoo of his famous character on the small of her back. “Shortly after that, I went over to his apartment to spend time with him and Matt (Wolfe, who directed the short documentary), who is one of my closest friends and one of my favorite filmmakers,” said the “Girls” creator during the event at the Plaza’s Palm Court.
Knight tells us he was thrilled to see the tattoo in person. He said Dunham gave him a peek the third time they met. “I was impressed, especially (at) the location,” said Knight, “Not everyone gets to see that area.” With all due respect, Hilary, everyone with HBO has seen that area a few dozen times.
MAYBE NOT SAINT PATRICK
He’ll be back. For sure. Patrick Schwarzenegger is playing the role of Spring Breakinator in Cabo, Mexico, where he was spotted at an Irish bar getting friendly with a gal pal who was not Miley Cyrus. Schwarzenegger, a 21-year-old student at USC, took to Twitter Monday to explain himself. “Omg. It’s one of my best friends girlfriend (sic),” he wrote. Yahoo! news reported the friend-of-a-friend is a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority girl and further claimed “he also did body shots off of her.”
Kathy Griffin says she’s left a leaky ship at “Fashion Police.”
LEAKS ARE IN ‘FASHION’
The “Fashion Police” had too many snitches, according to former top cop Kathy Griffin. “I’ve never worked on a show with so many leaks,” Griffin said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM program Monday. “It seems like people’s ‘sources say’ were always calling.” Griffin denied there was friction between her and co-host Kelly Osbourne, despite reports to the contrary. “It’s a leaky boat over there,” she said.
Charlotte McKinney in a shot for the Buffalo David Bitton calendar.
McKINNEY IS HARD TO TOP
If there were a “Dancing With the Stars” topless edition, Charlotte McKinney would have it in the bag. The model and “DWTS” contestant posed sans shirt for the Buffalo David Bitton 2015 calendar, and the photos are can’t-miss. The 23-year-old Florida model has been drawing comparisons to Kate Upton since appearing in a Carl’s Jr. ad during last month’s Super Bowl.
Rihanna gets together with Jim Parsons (l.) and Steve Martin at an appearance in New York for their new animated feature, “Home.”
BIG RIRI HOOP-LA
March Madness brings April music. The only thing certain about the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament is that it will end with Rihanna at the Final Four. RiRi, along with the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Bleachers and Kacey Musgraves, will perform at the March Madness Music Festival in Indianapolis during the basketball extravaganza April 3-5. Rihanna and Bleachers take the stage Saturday, April 4, with the other three acts playing the following day.
LAST SEATS FOR THE SUPER BOWLES
First families and first loves came together at Studio 54 this weekend to get one last look at “Cabaret” before it closes on March 29. First daughter Jenna Bush Hagler was there on Friday, and Jonny Lee Miller, who starred as Sienna Miller’s lover in “After Miss Julie,” which was Sienna’s Broadway debut, swung by on Saturday. Sienna, who stars as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret,” was wearing sunglasses Monday to cover a bruised eye that she injured on set last week. She relaxed by taking her daughter Marlowe out for cupcakes in the West Village.
Gigi Hadid and boyfriend Cody Simpson find the water’s fine in Miami.
GIGI DEEPLY IN LOVE
They’re tall and tan and thin and lovely. Model of the moment Gigi Hadid, 19, spent the weekend with her boyfriend, Australian singer Cody Simpson, in Miami Beach. The pair epitomized young love as they splashed around in the ocean, hugging and kissing each other. Hadid and Simpson were in town for the Victoria’s Secret Spring Break Pink Party.
Jessica Simpson had a hair-raising moment with hubby Eric Johnson in SoHo over the weekend.
JESS CAUGHT IN STICKUP
While out and about in SoHo on Sunday, Jessica Simpson had a hair-raising “There’s Something About Mary” moment midstroll. Simpson, whose hair looked like something sticky was making it defy gravity, visited the Intermix boutique with husband Eric Johnson while wearing a very Texas-appropriate orange fringed jacket.
THEY SAID IT
“I’ve been having sex 500 times a day.”
— Kim Kardashian on her quest to get pregnant on “Keeping Up”
“I never said it!”
— Ryan Gosling says he didn’t coin his “Hey girl” catchphrase
Wiz Khalifa and pals were in the fast lanes in Times Square.
KHALIFA’S ON A ROLL
“Rolling Papers” rapper Wiz Khalifa was rolling strikes and hitting the gong over the weekend. Khalifa and a group of his alley cat pals swung by Bowlmor Lanes Times Square on Sunday where they were spotted drinking Patron and ringing a gong in the middle of the alley every time anyone bowled a strike. It was a busy week of “sports” for the 27-year-old music man, who’d also made his WWE wrestling debut a few days earlier.
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