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December 14, 2001

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Winslet marriage sinks

London The three-year marriage of Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton ended Thursday after the High Court granted her petition for divorce.

Her petition was in a list of 30 cases that a district judge approved in a 90-second hearing at the London divorce courts.

The decree nisi, or interim divorce, was granted three months after the "Titanic" star and her 27-year-old former husband split up, on the grounds of his alleged unreasonable behavior. A decree nisi is not a final divorce order, but a court spokeswoman told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity the divorce could be finalized "within days."

The couple met on the set of the 1998 film "Hideous Kinky," of which he was the assistant director. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Mia.

In court documents made public after the hearing, the 26-year-old Winslet stated she'd had no contact with Threapleton since September. Neither attended the brief hearing.

McCartney holds Harrison's hand at last meeting with ex-Beatle

London Paul McCartney told Thursday of his last meeting with George Harrison, two weeks before "the quiet Beatle" died of cancer last month.

"The best thing for me was seeing him for a couple of hours and laughing and joking and holding his hand," the former Beatle said in an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. He later realized he had never before held Harrison's hand.

"We'd been to school together and got on buses together and we didn't hold each other's hands," McCartney said. "It was like a compensation; he was rubbing his thumb up and down my hand and it was very nice."

He said he and former Beatle Ringo Starr had spoken about their loss, "just to touch base and say 'what a bummer.' It's difficult to know what to say."

McCartney, who recently released "Driving Rain," his first album of new material in four years, also said he was planning to play live dates with a new band next year.

Judd ties knot in Scotland

Los Angeles Actress Ashley Judd married racing driver Dario Franchitti in Scotland, her publicist said.

The newlyweds were married Wednesday, but the location was not released. The maid of honor was the bride's sister, country singer Wynonna Judd, and the best man was the groom's brother, Marino Franchitti.

Judd wore a satin Empire-waist dress with a full-length beaded lace coat while her new husband wore a kilt, according to a statement from Judd's publicist, Annett Wolf.

News reports said the couple had planned to marry at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, where Madonna and movie director Guy Ritchie married a year ago.

The guest list reportedly included Michael Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and actresses Sandra Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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