Funnyman Billy Crystal carries his toothbrush in his tuxedo pocket every time he hosts the ACADEMY AWARDS - because it brings him luck and reminds him of where he came from.

The ANALYZE THAT star used to give his OSCAR speech as a child while he was brushing his teeth to go to bed after the awards - and the toothbrush has remained a major item of his big show wardrobe.

He says, "The first year that I hosted the show, I brushed my teeth before I went out on the stage, I just took it (toothbrush) and put it in my pocket - just to remind me where I came from.

"It's now become a fixture when I do the show."

22/06/2004 09:33