People: Jan. 1, 2000

DON'T HATE HER BECAUSE SHE'S BEAUTIFUL

The plastic-surgery debate is over: if three hours under the knife can transform LINDA TRIPP into a Rene Russo doppelganger, rhinoplasty should be covered by universal health care. According to the National Enquirer, Tripp, tired of being a national punch line, visited Beverly Hills, Calif., surgeon Geoffrey Keyes, who resculpted her nose, removed the bags from under her eyes and sucked fat from her neck, chin and other parts. "It's amazing," marveled Lucianne Goldberg to the New York Post. "It looks like she's had a head transplant." Almost. Meanwhile, Tripp dyed her hair and shed...

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