Article Search



 Charlize's role in John Kerry's rise to fame

    August 17 2004 at 08:20PM

Washington - Democratic presidential contender John Kerry has a soft spot for South African actress Charlize Theron but is adamant that second wife Teresa Heinz-Kerry changed his life, he has told GQ magazine.

The men's magazine questioned Kerry, who he thought was the sexiest actress of all time, and he replied: "I think Charlize Theron is pretty extraordinary ... Catherine Zeta Jones ... and Marilyn Monroe ... I thought she was funny. Complicated. And obviously very attractive, very beautiful."

But the 60-year-old Massachusetts senator saved his highest praise for his heiress wife in the interview released in the September edition of GQ.

He said being a bachelor senator in Washington after the breakup of his first marriage was not "good days".

"After my first marriage, I was like a lot of people who had a relationship that doesn't work - you want to make sure that the next one does. And you're a little gun-shy and apprehensive and nervous. And Teresa gave me a sense of confidence about relationships that filled that.

"I'm confident about a lot of things, but I'm not somebody who's blind to human frailty and to the need for humility. We all have our flaws. And Teresa, you know, gave me just a great sort of strong, clear commitment to who I am.

"So you know, she loved me. And I think that kind of love is very compelling."

Kerry said he liked the music of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Bob Dylan and named ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and cyclists Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong among his sporting heroes.

His greatest sporting moment was scoring a hat-trick for Yale against Harvard in a soccer match. "I think I got down on my knees and hit the ground," he said.

Kerry also spoke about overcoming prostate cancer - he was operated on in 2002 a few months before announcing his presidential run.

"There's not much that scares me. So I'm not worried about things Ncertainly not dying, because too many of my friends did. So I think it empowers you to go out and tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may."

Of his feelings for President George Bush and his family's political dynasty, Kerry said: "I like Junior, but I like the senior Bush enormously. A very decent, thoughtful guy. And I have great respect for him." - Sapa-AFP

Email StoryPrint Story



     Online Services

         FREE Newsletter
Sign up to receive IOL's top headlines daily and stay in touch with the news.
 
   We respect your privacy.

     Breaking News
      Top 5 News Stories
      Top 5 World Stories

     Reader's Favourites
      Top 5 Reads - Yesterday
     Related Stories      More North America Stories


Get the attention of someone special, or why not create your own logo instantly. To receive updated ringtones, graphics or wallpapers, go to www.cellphonefun.co.za and have some fun with your phone!!


     Entertainment      Motoring
'Project Fame' rolls out top five for grand finale
Reality bites
Yesterday - today's story

     Business
Burger King to serve a meal fit for investors
Alstom top candidate for British warships tender
Battles keep black gold on the boil
Corsa bakkie - better deal for work and leisure
Loeb comes home for third time in Rally of Germany
More models could pinch profits for Europe's carmakers
Czech MotoGP thriller blows title race wide open
Madiba invites black MX star to ride at Sun City GP

     Travel
Feel the wind in your hair and race the sun
Scenic Paris draws tourists from far and wide
Bubble baths on the Blue Train
Pussies galore at the Meow Mix Café
Chugging toward the midnight sun
     Careers
Make-up artists - making looks count
Ad professionals get 'top-up' courses
Training unemployed to create new ventures
Small business owners to benefit from exhibit
Employers need not pay skills levy in vain