Aussie actor ANTHONY LaPAGLIA almost missed out on appearing at the People's Choice Awards because he couldn't find a black suit.

The actor was in the middle of moving from New York to Los Angeles and most of his clothes were still in boxes when he realised at the last minute that he was scheduled to present at the ceremony last week (11JAN04).

He says, "I'd completely forgotten. I was moving house. I had no idea where a black suit was, so I ran home and went through boxes and I found it. I put it on, I showed up and I did it.

"It's a good job they didn't have Smell-o-vision. It was bad."

19/01/2004 00:12