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'Granny' star living it up at Oscar bashes

OSCAR nominated screenwriter Kathleen O'Rourke attended her first major pre-Oscar bash in LA last night -- as she waits to see if she can scoop an award at the biggest film event in the world.

Kathleen (30) from Ballyhide, Carlow, who wrote and performed Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, has been rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Clooney.

"Tuesday night was the first of the pre-Oscar events with the screening of all the shorts. There were five live action shorts and five animated shorts. We were in a really plush place with gold statues all around, it was all very decadent," she said.

"Granny got a great response. She got laughs in all the right places and a few laughs in places which I didn't expect. It really seemed to storm."

Last night Kathleen attended a party thrown by the Irish Film Board for the Irish contingent at the Oscars, and tomorrow she'll attend the glitzy Oscar Wilde party. She told the Herald yesterday: "I've already gone to an afterparty in a very plush and hip bar, and I'm going to a drinks reception with the Irish Film Board tonight which is usually very good crack.

"On Thursday night I'm going to the Oscar Wilde party and I'm told Tom Cruise will turn up, and there's also talk of Colin Farrell. I was very lucky to get a ticket for it, it's meant to be the best pre-Oscar party."

Kathleen will be sporting an Alexander McQueen jacket from Brown Thomas under a white Dolce and Gabanna dress for the Oscar Wilde party, a piece which she says is a "once off".

And she's already met John Musker, who wrote The Princess And The Frog, and wrote and directed Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

"I was almost as excited about meeting him as I was about meeting George Clooney. The Little Mermaid is embarrassingly still one of my favourite films."

Kathleen will be given a day-long tour of Disney animation studios today before she heads off to the Oscar Wilde bash.

However, she joked: "There's a very disappointing and very strict 2am curfew on every bar..

"We went to Chateau Marmont where Marilyn Monroe used to go. It's a really nice bar, and on Oscar week places like this are really buzzing."