A major movie studio needed an escort to accompany their biggest teen queen to an elaborate banquet. The banquet, which included such distinguished guests as President Roosevelt, was to celebrate the closing of the wildly successful New York World’s Fair in 1940. The studio tapped the young, handsome son of a wealthy and politically-connected businessman. After the banquet, he took our smitten star – who had just gotten over a breakup with a notorious ladies man – to his suite at the Waldorf-Astoria. They had a nightcap and spent the next several nights together. Soon after, he gave the starlet a diamond engagement ring and asked her to marry him. The young man enlisted not too long after, and although the two never married, they kept up a steady correspondence as “good friends”. In later years, he would go on to become even more famous than the girl.
Celebrity 1 and Celebrity 2 hate each other for several reasons. But for right now Celebrity 1 really hates the fact that Celebrity 2 is grabbing the headlines. So Celebrity 1 will soon be announcing something that was supposed to be a secret for a while longer. Why the change in schedule? Simply because Celebrity 1 wants to push Celebrity 2 out of the media spotlight right after the New Year. Celebrity 1, who adopts an I’m-so-above-it-all attitude in public, is actually very competitive and very, very calculating in private. In fact, Celebrity 1 has struck a deal with a certain media source for an exclusive announcement involving a change in family structure. Very shrewd, and certain to grab magazine covers from Celebrity 2 throughout much of 2009.
We called this one three months ago. The title still holds. Everything will be very, very civil on the outside. Neither is expected to publicly blab about the details. However, behind the scenes, there is a flurry of activity over money and outsiders. Both members of this celebrity couple have considerable fortunes, but one has more than the other, and wants to block the less-wealthy one from claiming a piece of that both now and in the future. The negotiations have been cautious, however, due to both parties showing interest in someone outside the marriage since the decision to split was made several months ago. One has been spending a lot of phone time with an old flame who is now married. The other has been finding comfort in the constant company of a same sex member of their staff. The attorneys will hammer out the money, but it will interesting to see if either uses the other’s outside relationship as private or public leverage.
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Which couple has several difficult decisions to make now that their fake marriage is over? This gay, opposite-sex married couple were both in the closet for professional reasons, and agreed to the fake marriage to enhance each other’s professional image. However, now that the marriage is over, one of them may be coming out of the closet. That leaves the other, an actor, to decide whether to come out themselves or pretend that they are shocked – shocked! – that their spouse turned out to be gay. Both are unattractive options, as the former may hurt the actor’s career, and the latter would just be a lie which could result in hefty financial penalites.
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Which actor is completely confusing Santa this time of year? She made contributions to several charities during this holiday season. Sounds generous, right? Except that she then sent notes to her staff telling them that in lieu of a holiday bonus, that donations had been made in their names to a charity (no, it wasn’t The Human Fund!). Naughty or nice?
I have been a good girl all year. But I am sad, because I am getting older. In my profession, that is a no-no. Could you please bring me a new face and body for Christmas? While everyone is involved in the rush of the holiday season, they won’t even notice that I will be meeting you and your elves in your outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills. And then I can appear on stage at the Academy Awards with a new face and body and and claim that it is all due to good genes or clean living or diet and exercise or any other excuse I can think of at the time! Oh, and while I can’t give you any of the credit, I can promise that I will bring you some milk and cookies.
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Which acting couple with a bit of an age gap between them is having trouble acting like their home life is going well? One discovered that other had briefly cheated on them, and they have been [Read more…] about Gaps in Age and Fidelity and Sobriety
Who is going to have to pay through the nose to stay in the closet? Sometimes a gay actor will marry a member of the opposite sex in the hopes that it will boost their hetero credibility and expand the range of roles offered to them. The trouble with this strategy is that if the relationship doesn’t last, the ex has a tremendous amount of leverage over the actor. Such is the case of this network TV star whose fake marriage is over. The star’s attorney is trying to get their client to settle quickly and quietly to prevent the ex from spilling secrets. However, the star is now weighing the hefty cost of paying off the ex versus outing themselves.
Which actor should modify his behavior before his actress wife kicks him to the curb? The couple was dining out at a trendy restaurant when the wife noticed that he was blatently checking out every attractive woman who walked by. She warned him once to stop. When he did it again, she stood up, swore at him loud enough for several tables to hear, threw her napkin at him, and then stormed out of the restaurant. Given his history, it’s a little hard to blame her for being sensitive.
Which professional athlete from a major city is playing Scrooge this holiday season? He makes millions every year from his sport, and millions more in product endorsements because of his superstar status. He certainly makes sure that he and loved ones live the good life. When it comes to giving to others, though, he is certainly less than generous. Instead of cash bonuses for his staff, he gave them an assortment of products that he received for free from the companies he endorses. And his total contributions to charities this year? Less than he makes in 15 minutes. Bah, humbug.