Archive for Monday, June 26, 2000

People, Faces & Things

June 26, 2000


Dixie Mrs.
Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines tied the knot over the weekend after her group performed in Las Vegas.
Maines, 25, stole away to A Little White Wedding Chapel on Saturday to marry actor Adrian Pasdar, said group spokeswoman Kathy Allmand.
The Dixie Chicks Maines, Emily Erwin and Martie Seidel have sold more than 15 million CDs and are currently on their first headlining tour. Their hits include "Ready to Run" and "Goodbye Earl."

Jacko faces lawsuit
Michael Jackson's longtime promoter is suing the singer for $21.2 million, saying he backed out of a plan to perform New Year's Eve concerts on both sides of the international date line.
German-based promoter Marcel Avram filed suit Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif., claiming Jackson agreed to four performances, including two Dec. 31 in Honolulu and Sydney, Australia.
Jackson performed at the first two concerts, but in October pulled out of the New Year's Eve shows. When Jackson dropped out, Avram said, he "was left to explain Michael Jackson's erratic behavior and to pay all of his bills."

Opry gal
Country singer Pam Tillis said the invitation she got Saturday night fulfilled a lifelong dream.
While performing on the Grand Ole Opry radio show, singer Little Jimmy Dickens asked the singer of hits like "Maybe it was Memphis" if she would join the cast of the 75-year-old show.
"Let me think about it. Yes!," Tillis said. "This is a special night. This is a lifelong dream to join. I want to send thanks to Dad and God."
Tillis is the daughter of country star Mel Tillis. She will be inducted into the cast on Aug. 26.
The Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running radio show in the country. It has not missed a weekly broadcast since 1925. It airs on WSM-AM in Nashville, Tenn.

No gay old time
Controversial radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger says efforts by gays and lesbians to have her upcoming television show axed has taken its toll.
"I've cried more at times than I would like to admit," Schlessinger told Time magazine. "It's been agonizing."
In the issue on newsstands today, Schlessinger expounded on her earlier controversial remarks concerning homosexuality.
"Not being able to relate normally to a member of the opposite sex is some kind of error," Schlessinger said in the interview. "We were biologically meant to give birth to more people."
She also said that despite protests over her Paramount-syndicated show, she has not been asked to tone down her approach. The show is scheduled to debut Sept. 11.
"They hired me because I'm outgoing and direct," she said.

Slum attraction
A replica of the slum house in Limerick, Ireland, where writer Frank McCourt endured the miserable childhood recounted in the Pulitzer Prize-winner "Angela's Ashes" has been opened as a tourist attraction.
The squalid house is complete with flaking plaster, overflowing open drain and puddle on the kitchen floor. The exhibition also has the sound of running water and children playing to help recreate the atmosphere.
McCourt, who has long lived in the United States, infuriated many in his Irish hometown by depicting it as being full of cold, cramped houses in rat-filled streets. Many older residents said the extent of the poverty was exaggerated.
"The place is split down the middle between those that are fans of 'Angela's Ashes' and those who hate it," said John King of Shannon Heritage.
"We took the attitude that no matter what image it presents, Limerick can still be a winner. Given the global success of the book and film it seems the most sensible way to get people to come here."

Lancome's makeover
Let the beauty battle begin: In a move seen by industry insiders as a clear challenge to cosmetics giant Estee Lauder, the French-based Lancome has chosen the statuesque Uma Thurman as its new face, says Mr. Showbiz.
The Oscar-nominated beauty ("Pulp Fiction") will be the first American to promote the cosmetics company. Thurman joins French actress Juliette Binoche who replaced model-actress Isabella Rossellini as Lancome's pitchwoman when the "Blue Velvet" actress was deemed too old in hawking the upscale makeup line.
Estee Lauder has long employed the newly Hugh-less Elizabeth Hurley, 35, as its "look" Uma, wife of scruffy actor Ethan Hawke ("Hamlet"), is five years younger.

'Titanic' heroine stalked
A cyberstalker who goes by the name Dina has sent "Titanic" heroine Kate Winslet several menacing e-mails, reports E! Online.
London police are investigating the matter after Winslet's U.K. agents received an e-mail warning that the actress may be in danger. The cyberstalker has sent several messages to the unofficial Kate Winslet Fan Club Web site, many of which claim that "she" intends to attack, rape, and kill the star.
In another post, the stalker said that she plans to find Winslet's new home, which the pregnant actress, 24, recently purchased with her husband, film director Jim Threapleton. The fan site has removed all information regarding Winslet's residence as a precaution.
The frightening e-mails have been traced to the literature department of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. No arrests have been made yet.
Winslet is no stranger to stalkers she shrugged off a threat two years ago when a 26-year-old man who claimed he was a freelance photographer followed her everywhere, even parking his car outside her home each morning. He was arrested.

Today's birthdays
Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 60. Singer Mick Jones is 45. Singer Chris Isaak is 44. Singer Patty Smyth is 43. Singer Terri Nunn is 39. Actor Chris O'Donnell is 30.

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