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Hilton, Jennings among ‘most fascinating’ of ’04

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Jonathan Alcorn, Associated Press

Paris Hilton has been named one of the 10 "most fascinating" people of 2004" by Barbara Walters.

Walters will host an hourlong ABC News special Wednesday night (9 p.m. EST) highlighting some of the year's most prominent names in entertainment, politics, sports and business. Besides Hilton, the list includes filmmaker Michael Moore, "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

Hilton's reality TV show, "The Simple Life," became a hit. "The Simple Life 3: Interns," starring Hilton and her friend Nicole Richie, will premiere on the Fox television network on Jan. 26.

In her interview with Walters, Hilton reveals that she doesn't just sit around saying "That's hot" all day: She even reads books. And the most recent one? "Maneater," a novel about an uninhibited Los Angeles woman's search for a man.