NEW YORK — The rough, tough ladies of “The View”? No problem for former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney was on the daytime show Tuesday promoting his new memoir, “In My Time,” and there were no fireworks. “The View” hosts, particularly Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, are often combative with guests they disagree with politically.

All Goldberg wondered was where Cheney had been during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Behar asked if the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would have gone differently if it wasn’t an all-volunteer army, and Cheney said that “you have to deal with the world the way you find it.”

Behar was buffered; Cheney’s wife, Lynne, sat on “The View” couch between him and Behar.

“Are you scared to be alone with us?” Behar said. “You brought your wife.”

Cheney didn’t reply.

The toughest question came from veteran newswoman Barbara Walters, who asked Cheney if the Iraq war was worth it given the human and financial costs. Cheney said it was, then stopped Walters cold when she tried to interrupt to introduce a commercial.

“I listened to the question,” he said. “I get to give the answer, Barbara.”

Cheney later opened his suit jacket to show the battery and control panel to his heart pump, both stored in his vest pockets. He said he hasn’t decided if he wants a heart transplant.

Ledger’s death deeply affecting, actress says

NEW YORK — Michelle Williams tells Vogue magazine that although life has settled since the death of her former fiance, actor Heath Ledger, it’s affected all facets of her life.

The 31-year-old actress says in the magazine’s October issue that experiencing loss has changed her daily interactions, career and how she acts as a parent and friend.

She says she now looks at life from a “lens” where everything is “impermanent.”

Ledger, 28, died in January 2008 after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Williams plays another Hollywood star whose life was cut short, Marilyn Monroe, in the film, “My Week with Marilyn.” It’s about a week of Monroe’s life in 1956 while filming the movie “The Prince and the Showgirl.”

Williams says she tried to gain weight for the role to have some of Monroe’s famous curves but it all went to her face. She opted instead to fill herself out with padding.

Williams says channeling Monroe made her feel “like being reborn.”

The OctoberVogue hits newsstands Sept. 20.

“My Week with Marilyn” opens Nov. 4.

Casey Anthony’s mom on TV

ORLANDO, Fla. — Cindy Anthony said in a television interview that daughter Casey Anthony has a history of seizures, but she is not sure if the condition had anything to do with Caylee Anthony’s disappearance in 2008.

The disclosure came during an interview with “Dr. Phil” host Phil McGraw that aired Tuesday.

Cindy and her husband George Anthony spoke with McGraw for a lengthy, taped interview. Another portion of the interview is scheduled to air Wednesday and a part devoted to their daughter’s murder trial also will be shown later this month.

Chef adds publisher’s hat to his toque blanche

NEW YORK — Best-selling chef Anthony Bourdain is wearing a new hat.

Bourdain is starting his own publishing line with Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Ecco announced Monday that Bourdain will acquire three to five books a year that “reflect his remarkably eclectic tastes.”

Bourdain is known for his popular book “Kitchen Confidential” and as the host of the Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”