December 10, 2011
Gretzky's daughter a wild child
By LINDA MASSARELLA, QMI Agency
LOS ANGELES - By all accounts, Wayne Gretzky's 22-year-old daughter, Paulina, is a good kid.
But she is known for hanging with an iffy crowd, which includes a convicted felon, admitted drug addicts and a Las Vegas peep show performer.
Sure, there are lots of iffy people in Hollywood, so you can't judge a gal by her associations.
But that doesn't make it easy for a parent to swallow.
While the other four Gretzky kids are following their hockey legend dad's conservative, upstanding path -- the oldest boys, Ty and Trevor are both in university on athletic scholarships -- the Great One's first-born was always a bit of a wild child.
"Boys are easier to raise than girls," he has told friends on more than one occasion.
Of course, everybody heard how Gretzky last month persuaded his daughter to close her Twitter account, where she had been posting rather racy photos of herself.
"Wayne has always given her a lot of leeway, he always supported her in what she wanted to do," said a source close to the Gretzky family.
"At the same time, he realizes she still needs some guidance."
Paulina saw no need to attend university and moved out of the family home after high school to live with friends in Hollywood.
Fair enough -- the lovely lass wanted to shine in her own limelight as a singer and a model. She did have some success when her song, Collecting Dust, was played on an MTV show and released on iTunes.
As for modelling, though, that hasn't quite happened -- with the exception of a Flare magazine cover shoot with her mother, Janet, way back in 2005.
The first time I heard Paulina's name spoken in connection with some troubled teens was in 2009 while reporting on the infamous Hollywood "Bling Ring."
The "Bling Ring" was a group of a few rich, bored teens that got their kicks breaking into the homes of such stars as Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom.
Paulina was in no way involved.
She was, however, good friends with a member of the group, Alexis Neiers, a pal she had known from high school and with whom she shared modelling aspirations.
It was Neiers' idea to film her own involvement in the burglary ring and make it into a reality TV show called Pretty Wild.
The first episode aired in 2010 -- with Paulina co-starring as a "concerned friend."
Neiers, 20, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation on a felony charge of residential burglary for the Bloom break-in.
Paulina was also friends with Neier's adopted sister, Tess Taylor, Playboy's, 2010 Cyber Girl of the Year. Paulina has posted many photos of them partying together over the years.
In December 2010, Neiers was arrested on a probation violation when officers found her with a black substance that resembled tar heroin.
She was ordered to a year of rehab.
A few weeks later, Taylor confessed to an opiate addiction and checked herself into rehab as well.
Paulina's newest BFF is Holly Madison, the former Hugh Hefner concubine who appeared in his reality TV show, The Girls Next Door.
Madison, 32, currently stars in Peepshow, a stylized stripper show in Vegas and Paulina has often posted about their friendship.
What does all this mean for the future of the Gretzky firstborn?
Will she finally get her wish and become a star on her own merit?
Despite the fact Paulina closed her Twitter account, her followers doubled from last month to almost 50,000.
As they say in Hollywood, any publicity is good publicity.
Any bets Paulina's modelling career will finally get the kickstart it needs?