Waitress lands dream Cannes role to croon for Clooney

AN 18-year-old waitress with dreams of stardom landed the gig of a lifetime last night — singing for George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

Victoria Hart was chosen to sing at a charity party in Cannes last night hosted by Clooney.

The exclusive A-list bash aboard a €120-million mega-yacht moored off Cap d’Antibes is the hottest ticket of the film festival and has been billed as “the party to end all parties”.

The benefit bash was being held to raise money for humanitarian aid in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Clooney timed the bash to coincide with tomorrow’s world premiere of his new Ocean’s 13 film.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were on the guest list, along with Pitt’s Ocean’s 13 co-stars Clooney, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle.

Guests paid up to €150,000 for a ticket.

Teenager Victoria was asked to perform after being recommended to organisers of the lavish event.

She is taking time off from her day job waiting tables at the Naked Turtle restaurant and bar in Richmond, south west London.

The venue employs “singing waitresses” who perform jazz numbers at the end of their shifts.

Victoria, who grew up in Great Warley, Essex, before moving to London to pursue her dream, explained: “I went to meet one of the organisers a couple of weeks ago and he sat me down and said ‘we might have a party for you’.

“I was in a bit of a bad mood that day, but then they said, ‘Guess who’s going to be there? Brad Pitt and George Clooney.’ I couldn’t stop laughing.

“God knows what I’ll be like when I see Brad and George. I’m excited about seeing Brad. I may have to push Angelina overboard!”

Victoria said: “I’ve seen a brochure of the yacht and it’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.

The teenager has studied music at college for the past two years and has recorded her debut album, although she has no record deal.

Victoria described her music as “kind of a female version of Frank Sinatra”.

“It’s kind of like 1940s and 1950s big band stuff with a contemporary twist — modern lyrics and references to the internet and that sort of thing,” she said.

Meanwhile, a reworked version of Quentin Tarantino’s “exploitation movie” arrived at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday after an original double-bill featuring the cult director’s film flopped at the US box office.

Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell, 56, and Rosario Dawson, 28, originally ran as part of Grindhouse, a double-feature homage to 1970s exploitation movies by Tarantino and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez.

But the high-profile $100m film was cut into two for European audiences after Grindhouse took a mere $12m at its Easter weekend US opening.

Tarantino, 44, is a favourite at Cannes — Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or in 1994 and he was jury president in 2004.

Death Proof premiered last night and features Kurt Russell as a deranged stuntman builds a killing machine car and sets about murdering young women.

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