Marquardt's been broken up with Hugh Hefner since last fall, and now the Girl Next Door is stepping out with her latest love, director Nicholas Carpenter. "He's funny and sincere and really sweet," Marquardt said at the Us Weekly/Russell Simmons soiree at a private mansion in Beverly Hills. "He's so cute!"
Although the buxom blonde and Carpenter met "a long time ago," when he directed her and fellow Girl Next Door star Holly Madison in the indie horror flick The Telling, the romance didn't begin until a couple of months ago. "I'm very happy," Marquardt said.
Meanwhile, across town, Jay-Z held court at Japanese restaurant Katsuya in Hollywood.