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Celebrity of the Day

September 30, 2000

PETA WILSON, actress and former member of Australian national basketball team

* Hometown: Sydney and Papua New Guinea

* Residence: Hollywood Hills

* On women in Australia: "Australian men maybe set the pace for Australian women because they're very strong. . . . I think they're built like modern Vikings. Not all of them, but a lot. . . . So the Australian women are dealing with a strong animal there. Look at our [male] symbols . . . like Mel Gibson and Paul Hogan. These are quintessential Australian men. . . . It's a very male-dominated country, so the women have to be strong." (as told to Entertainment Asylum)

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