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Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2001

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August 18, 2001

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Nothing compares to marriage

Sinead O'Connor has tied the knot for a second time, reports E!Online.

O'Connor, 35, and her 27-year-old British journalist fiance, Nick Sommerlad, were married in a secret ceremony three weeks ago, says the Irish Mirror, a Dublin-based tabloid. The nuptials reportedly took place in Ireland, with a few close friends in attendance.

O'Connor, whose hits include "Nothing Compares 2 U," met Sommerlad in February after he was posted from London to Dublin.

O'Connor, a never-boring pop star, has refused to have the U.S. national anthem played before a New Jersey concert, become a priest in a renegade Catholic sect and declared herself a lesbian.

Before the priest-lesbian phase, O'Connor was married to drummer John Reynolds. O'Connor has a son, Jake, 12, from her ex-husband, and a daughter, Roisin, 4, from an ex-boyfriend.

Nothing neurotic about this wish

Woody Allen says he'd love to have stars like Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise appear in his films.

"Any of these guys would be great and would do, you know, a better job than I do. ... I'd have these charismatic stars in the picture. But it's hard to get them because they work 365 days," Allen said.

The 65-year-old director-actor says he can only do a few roles.

"I can play, you know, a sort of New York neurotic character close to what I am. I mean I could play a writer or a musician. ... And I can play a lowlife."

Allen's latest film, "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," opens Friday.

Mo' real life than fiction

Mo'Nique plays a man-crazy mom, Nikki Parker, on the UPN sitcom "The Parkers," which begins its third season Sept. 10.

The 32-year-old comedian, who lives in Tarzana, a suburb of Los Angeles, says the character resembles her in many ways.

"When my family members and friends watch the show they say, 'All they did is change your name,"' she told The Associated Press. "My father calls me 'Nique. I think that's why I don't consider myself an actress because I'm just being me and they just change my name on Monday nights."

Door-to-door with Venus

Wimbledon champion Venus Williams took center court in a different arena.

Williams, wearing black satin pants and a sleeveless top with an Asian-inspired design, greeted some of Avon's top salespeople Thursday at the fourth annual National Sales Representative Convention.

In her first official role as spokeswoman for the worldwide cosmetics and accessories retailer, Williams, 21, recalled her mom's stint as an Avon lady: "Her efforts helped put her (the mother) through college and definitely helped get me here."

"It's not easy out there, but you're the ones who are making this company successful and allowing me to be here," she told the salespeople during a reception.

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