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Celebrity Q&A: Why did it take five years for Shania Twain to release her new album?

Posted December 1 2002



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Shania Twain's new album, Up!, is superb. But why did we have to wait five years for it?

Part of the reason was that Shania's last CD, 1997's Come on Over, was the biggest-selling album ever made by a female singer (35 million copies), and she was determined she wouldn't release her next record until she was totally satisfied with it. Equally important, the 37-year-old superstar began a new lifestyle three years ago when she and her producer-husband, "Mutt" Lange, sold their 3,000-acre estate in upstate New York for $7.5 million and bought a $30 million, 19th century chateau in Switzerland.

Shania had just completed a 100-city international tour when they made the move. "After two years on the road I needed a break from stardom," she says. "Switzerland provided the perfect answer." There were rumors at the time that her absence had put a strain on her marriage, but Shania denies this. "We got through it and we're closer than ever," says the five-time Grammy winner, who gave birth to her first child, Eja, 15 months ago.

Owen Wilson is a good actor, but why doesn't he have surgery to correct his crooked nose?

Wilson's nose was broken twice during his youth, first when he was in ninth grade, then again when he was playing football at the University of Texas. He wasn't concerned at the time since he was more interested in writing for the screen than in acting. But in 1994, when he joined up with a former college friend, Wes Anderson, to write a comedy titled Bottle Rocket, the budget was so small that Owen reluctantly agreed to keep costs down by co-starring with his acting brothers, Andrew and Luke. To everyone's surprise, his performance was deemed first-rate and, though he continues writing (he co-wrote The Royal Tenenbaums), he has since concentrated on his acting career, which includes such major productions as Armageddon, Meet the Parents and Behind Enemy Lines. He has decided against a nose job because, he says, "my brothers would never let me forget it."

Wilson recently completed the Jackie Chan thriller Shanghai Knights, a sequel to 2000's Shanghai Noon, and is working on The Big Bounce, a remake of a 1969 Elmore Leonard thriller that starred Ryan O'Neal. At 34, he's still single, though he had a relationship with singer Sheryl Crow a few years ago.

She may not be the world's greatest actress, but in Femme Fatale Rebecca Romijn-Stamos leaves no doubt that she is one of the world's sexiest beauties. Does she have any new movies in the works?

Rebecca recently completed the sequel to her breakthrough hit, X-Men, in which she played an evil mutant whose sole garment is a coat of blue paint. Now 30, the model-actress was born in Berkeley, Calif., the daughter of a Dutch furniture maker. While she was at college, a French agent persuaded her to try her luck as a model in Paris, where she landed the cover of Elle and became a top model. After three years, she returned to New York, and it was while shooting an assignment there for Victoria's Secret that she met her husband, former Full House star John Stamos. Currently, she is working on her toughest acting challenge so far, a co-starring role with Robert De Niro and Greg Kinnear in a horror movie titled Godsend.

I was surprised to read that Catherine Zeta-Jones is expecting another child in the spring. Isn't she concerned about the effect so much time away from the cameras will have on her career?

The Welsh-born actress seems to have mellowed since her marriage to 58-year-old Michael Douglas in 2000, and she's especially happy that the new baby will be a girl, thus providing a sister for 2-year-old Dylan. Even though she has had to put several projects on hold, including the sequel to her 1998 hit The Mask of Zorro, Zeta-Jones will continue earning a handsome income from endorsements, including a contract with Elizabeth Arden that will bring in an estimated $8 million over four years. And fans will be able to see her in two already completed movies, a lavish version of the stage musical Chicago, due Dec. 27, and a George Clooney comedy titled Intolerable, due April 11.

Copyright © 2002, South Florida Sun-Sentinel



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