Celebrity News: 22nd March 2002
Berry Considered Suicide
Oscar nominee Halle Berry
was so depressed after her 1997 divorce she was on the brink of committing suicide. Berry, who was also going to take the lives of her two dogs, was sitting in her car inhaling the deadly exhaust fumes when the thought of her mother made her see sense. She says, "I was going to sit in the car and asphyxiate myself. As I sat there sort of waiting for it to happen, and something was telling me on the right side of my brain, 'Girl, don't do it.' I thought, 'What is my mother going to think if she finds me dead in this car?' I couldn't do that to her. So I got out." Berry believes her suicidal thoughts came about because, "I was still using men and my mate to identify who I was. And when that was gone, then I was nothing." Now, though, the actress, remarried to singer Eric Benét
after divorcing baseball star David Justice
, feels, "more clear about who I am. I like the woman that I've evolved into. And I would never harm her now."
Kate Moss Is Three Months Pregnant
It's official: Supermodel Kate Moss
is three months pregnant. And the British catwalk queen plans to get married to lover Jefferson Hack before giving birth. Kate, 28, says she was surprised at the news and hadn't planned to start a family with magazine editor Hack just yet. But despite that, she's clearly overjoyed at the thought of being a mom. Kate says, "It's true... I am pregnant. The baby is due in October and I couldn't be more delighted." She announced the news after going for a three- month scan, although she had known about her impending motherhood since taking a home pregnancy test a month ago. Kate is now ready to ditch her old partying ways and embrace a healthy lifestyle after years of pushing her body to the limits. A close pal says, "Kate has been changing her priorities for the past couple of years. The news was a bit of a shock at first. But she is overjoyed... in fact she couldn't be happier." According to Britain's The Sun
newspaper, the pair are also planning to wed now that they have a child on the way. A pal told the paper, "Jefferson proposed last year and Kate accepted." Kate and Hack have been together for 15 months after meeting at a party for the magazine Dazed And Confused
, of which Hack, 30, is editorial director.
Nicole Kidman: My Daughter's Choosing My Oscars Dress
Oscar-hopeful Nicole Kidman
is letting her daughter Isabella choose her Academy Awards outfit - because the nine-year-old has great taste. The statuesque Australian star is nominated for Best Actress for her role in Moulin Rouge
and is well-aware that the eyes of the world will be turned on her choice of attire come Sunday night. But rather than spend hours agonizing over what to wear, Nicole's letting Isabella do the hard work for her by making the decision. She says, "Bella's going to give me the thumbs-up on what I'm going to wear Sunday night. I'm dressing for a nine-year-old. I never go through a big selection, because I hate making decisions. Besides, Bella's got a good eye. For me, it's about having a good night. I'm not obsessed with 'I've got to win' - I'm just going to have a laugh. I want to wear - with a little help from my daughter - something I can have some champagne in, and eat in. Something with a bit of room." And Nicole, 34, acknowledges that her stunning BAFTAs outfit - a revealing black Yves Saint-Laurent
number with plunging neckline - was certainly eye-catching. She laughs, "That
was a dress. Yves asked me to wear it and I did, in his honor. It was nice, although probably a bit too hot for Los Angeles."
Zeta-Jones Hires Local Lad For Building Work
Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
flew a workman 5,500 miles from her home town to fit and fix windows on her Los Angeles mansion. The beautiful wife of Michael Douglas
sent family friend Dan Whalley a $10,000 first-class return ticket because she wanted a handyman she could trust. Dan, 23, has taken two weeks off from his shopfitting job in Swansea to complete the job. Catherine's brother Lyndon, 27, a former carpenter who now handles her movie deals, rang Dan to explain his sister had security fears about using locals. A pal of Dan's says, "Hollywood won't change him. He's due back this weekend and he'll be straight into his local for a pint."
Cage Tries To Win Back Presley
Actor Nicolas Cage
is doing his best to win back his ex-girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley
. Nic is trying his hardest to reconcile with the daughter of Elvis Presley
with frequent cross- country phone calls and gifts after splitting from her last month. The 38-year-old had been so busy directing Sonny
in New Orleans, Lisa, 34, reportedly felt he was ignoring her needs - especially her burning desire to secure a record contract - so fled to her Florida home. However, Cage is back in Los Angeles and the distance seems to have made their hearts grow fonder - they plan to see each other when she returns to her other home in the Californian city.
Rosie's Thrilling 40th
Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell
celebrated her 40th birthday Thursday with Elton John
, Matthew Broderick
, a flasher and 40 other new 40-somethings. Broderick celebrated his 40th birthday with O'Donnell and Elton agreed to perform on her show, but the party really started after the show ended. Rosie took her entire audience, made up of fellow 40th birthday revellers and the woman who bared her breasts on the show earlier this month, to a local Burger King fast food restaurant. Meanwhile, pal Celine Dion
sent the birthday girl a framed and signed gold disc.
Theron Appeals To Korea Over Cat Boiling
has written to the South Korean government to appeal against the country's practice of boiling cats alive. The animal and human rights supporting actress took the action after reading reports that living cats are being boiled to extract their "juice" before being eaten. She wrote, "I urge the government of South Korea to ensure cats and dogs receive full protection from intentional cruelty and torture." Theron has also recently taken part in a controversial anti-rape campaign in her native South Africa.
Ron Howard Plans The Alamo At Battle Site
Oscar-nominated director Ron Howard
has been meeting with Texas governor Rick Perry with a view to revamping the classic western tale of the battle of The Alamo. Perry's pal Russell Crowe
suggested Howard scrap plans to remake The Alamo
- about the Texas independence battle - in Hollywood and instead talk to the governor about making the movie at the site of the original battle. Howard says, "It wouldn't quite make sense to make the movie anywhere else. We're making that case to the studio." Crowe became great friends with Perry when he played shows with his rock group 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts in 2000 in Austin, Texas, and was made a city freeman.
Buddhist Put Seagal "Under Spell"
's business partner claims the actor broke a contract to star in four movies after falling under the spell of a Buddhist "spiritual advisor". Julius R. Nasso
, Seagal's partner for 15 years, wants $60 million in damages from Seagal, who was convinced he would be reincarnated as a lesser being if he went ahead with the movies, budgeted for $125 million. The star was reportedly told to spurn "his children from two previous marriages, his movie production companies and others," by the man known only as Mukara. Nasso says, "This Mukara started interfering, and told Steven that he wasn't allowed to wear black or shoot a gun. I feel sorry for him a little bit. I don't know if he's being misled or brainwashed or what." Nasso's lawyer, Robert Hantman, says, "He just wants what's fair."
Flockhart And Ford Flock Together
's relationship with Harrison Ford
is so serious, the Ally McBeal
actress has demanded bosses rewrite her script so she can spend more time with her beau. According to Us Weekly
, sources at Fox - the TV network that makes the hit legal show - say the diminutive screen beauty has insisted on alterations to her schedule so she can be wined and dined by Ford at her leisure. One source explains, "She specifically asked that her part be written so that she would appear in only the first few scenes of the show and that they taped in three days, so she could spend time with Harrison." Calista, 37, was arm in arm with 59-year-old Ford at a party for the recent Golden Globes, where the separated star was awarded a lifetime achievement statue.
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