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April 23, 2001

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Songbird Braxton weds

R&B; singer Toni Braxton wed Mint Condition keyboardist Keri Lewis in a private outdoor ceremony. Braxton, 32, and Lewis, 28, exchanged vows Saturday in front of 250 guests outside the 60-acre Dean Gardens estate in Atlanta.

Braxton, who won her sixth Grammy Award this year, met her husband four years ago. The Minneapolis-based Mint Condition served as her accompaniment when she opened for contemporary jazz saxophonist Kenny G on a nationwide tour.

You can go home again

With his Oscar statue stuffed in his backpack, director Ang Lee arrived in Taiwan Sunday for the first time since winning international kudos for his martial arts epic, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

Lee, the first Taiwanese director to win an Academy Award, told a small crowd of reporters and well-wishers at the airport that his Oscar "was a great opportunity for cultural interaction."

Lee, 47, will visit his parents in the southern city of Tainan in time for his mother's birthday on Tuesday. "We have nothing special prepared for him, except maybe a bowl of noodles and some eggs," Lee's mother, Lee Yangsi, told reporters from her home in Tainan.

Honoring good neighbors

Actress Jayne Meadows and her late husband comedian Steve Allen were honored for their support of World Neighbors, an international agency that works with the rural poor in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The couple had been longtime contributors to the nonprofit Oklahoma City-based organization, which celebrated its 50th anniversary Saturday with a banquet and photo exhibit.

Meadows, the daughter of missionaries in China, said World Neighbors was "strictly in Steve's heart. He was involved in every good cause." Allen died Oct. 30, a few hours after he ruptured a blood vessel in a minor traffic accident.

Think before you speak

Because she's in the public eye, Neve Campbell is careful about every word she speaks.

She doesn't have the freedom to say what's on her mind without running it through her internal editing system, Campbell told reporters, which is the opposite of the character she plays in the new movie "Panic."

The 27-year-old actress plays Sarah, a beautiful but manic young woman who meets a hired killer played by William H. Macy.

"What I love about the character is she speaks before she thinks. ... Someone in my position necessarily can't be that free," Campbell said. "She's a lot more free than I am. I can be that way with my close friends, you know."

"Panic" also stars John Ritter, Tracey Ullman and Donald Sutherland.

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