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LADY Colin Campbell is said to be seeking a U.S. publisher for her novel, "Empress Bianca," which was yanked from stores in Britain after Lily Safra threatened to sue Arcadia Books, which didn't want to pay for lawyers. Billionaire widow Safra - having outlived two wealthy spouses who died under mysterious circumstances - claimed readers might think the husband-killing protagonist was based on herself. All the books were "pulped," as they say. According to the buzz at DaTommaso's restaurant, Campbell is confident she'll find a publisher in the U.S., where libel laws are more lenient. Meanwhile, her ex-husband, New York-based literary agent Lord Colin Campbell, isn't remembered very fondly by some back home. The Daily Mail's Ephraim Hardcastle reports the ex-pat was "alleged by his official father, the 11th Duke of Argyll, to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Dimitri of Russia." Is that so bad? The columnist adds: "Campbell's most publicized career move, as an antique dealer, was to sell the shrunken heads of murdered missionaries." Campbell tells us that it was just one head and that it turned out to be a rather worthless monkey skull.

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