Former Clinton female press rep. Dee Dee Myers in Chicago with new memoir

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2008-03-06T00:00:00Z Former Clinton female press rep. Dee Dee Myers in Chicago with new memoirPHILIP POTEMPA ppotempa@nwitimes.com 219.852.4327 nwitimes.com

Another female first?

There's added attention this week on Sen. Hillary Clinton's closer possibilities to making history as the first woman U.S. president to sit in the Oval Office.

And like her husband, Bill Clinton, Hillary is already very familiar with females setting new trends by stepping into famous roles previously always occupied by men.

When Dee Dee Myers suddenly resigned on Dec. 22, 1994, after serving as White House Press Secretary for the first two years of the Clinton administration, after accepting the appointment Jan. 20, 1993, it shocked the nation.

During the days of the Clinton administration, she was recognized as both Clinton's polished spokesperson in addition to Clinton's other chief adviser George Stephanopoulos, the latter being the one who would actually conduct daily press briefings rather than Myers. After Myers' departure, Stephanopoulos assumed the press secretary role.

But Myers' definite claim-to-fame and footnote in political history was holding the distinction of being the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary, as well as being the second-youngest press secretary ever.

Margaret Jane Myers, aka "Dee Dee," has finally released a memoir about her thoughts and views about the current climate of politics and women's roles for building a better future.

Her new 288-page book, "Why Women Should Rule the World" (2008 HarperCollins $24.95), is described as "a blend of social history, imagining a future in which increasing numbers of women reach the top ranks of politics, business, science and academia."

She will be in Chicago on Tuesday to sign her book and speak at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, in downtown Chicago. The event is sponsored by The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Ill., and tickets are $25. Reservations must be made at (847) 466-8880.

Myers, 46, who is still regularly seen as a commentator on NBC's "Meet the Press," MSNBC and the PBS discussion show "To the Contrary," currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Todd Purdum, the national editor of Vanity Fair magazine and the former Los Angeles bureau chief for The New York Times. They have a daughter, Katharine, and son, Stephen.

And despite leaving her job at the famed White House address at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., she's never left the headlines, whether it be good times or bad.

In 1995, while co-host of the CNBC cable show "Equal Time," she was arrested on a DUI charge and said to have been driving on the wrong side of the road, though charges were eventually dropped.

In recent years, she's also worked as a consultant and contributor to the NBC television series "The West Wing" and it's often hinted to that the character of C.J. Cregg, played by Allison Janney, on "The West Wing" is based on Myers.It's also been said she was the basis for the character of Daisy Green in the novel and the Universal Studios 1998 film, played by Maura Tierney, and also starring John Travolta, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thorton and Diane Ladd.

It's also been said she was the basis for the character of Daisy Green in the novel and the Universal Studios 1998 film, played by Maura Tierney, and also starring John Travolta, Kathy Bates, Larry Hagman, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thorton and Diane Ladd.The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at ppotempa@nwitimes.com or 219.852.4327.celebBirthdaysTV personality Ed McMahon is 85. Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is 82. Country singer Doug Dillard is 71. Actor Ben Murphy is 66. Singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes is 64. Drummer Hugh Grundy of The Zombies is 63. Singer-guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 62. Actor-director Rob Reiner and singer Kiki Dee are 61. Businessman and Oprah's beaux Stedman Graham is 57. Actor Tom Arnold is 49. Actor D.L. Hughley ("The Hughleys") and

country songwriter Skip Ewing and actress Yvette Wilson ("The Parkers") are 44. Actresses Connie Britton ("24," "Spin City") and Moira Kelly ("One Tree Hill") are 40. Actress Amy Pietz ("Caroline in the City") is 39. Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal is 36. Pedal steel player Shan Farmer of Ricochet is 34. Rapper Beanie Sigel is 34. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 31.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at ppotempa@nwitimes.com or 219.852.4327.

celebBirthdays

TV personality Ed McMahon is 85. Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is 82. Country singer Doug Dillard is 71. Actor Ben Murphy is 66. Singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes is 64. Drummer Hugh Grundy of The Zombies is 63. Singer-guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 62. Actor-director Rob Reiner and singer Kiki Dee are 61. Businessman and Oprah's beaux Stedman Graham is 57. Actor Tom Arnold is 49. Actor D.L. Hughley ("The Hughleys") and country songwriter Skip Ewing and actress Yvette Wilson ("The Parkers") are 44. Actresses Connie Britton ("24," "Spin City") and Moira Kelly ("One Tree Hill") are 40. Actress Amy Pietz ("Caroline in the City") is 39. Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal is 36. Pedal steel player Shan Farmer of Ricochet is 34. Rapper Beanie Sigel is 34. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 31.

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