- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Cross to bear

Actress Marcia Cross, who is expecting twins in April with her stockbroker husband, Tom Mahoney, has been put on bed rest, her spokeswoman said yesterday.

“This is a precautionary measure only,” publicist Heidi Slan said in an e-mail to Associated Press.

Producers of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” in which Miss Cross, 44, stars as the persnickety Bree Van De Kamp, have decided to move production at the end of this week to the actress’s Los Angeles home for two days, according to a story posted on TV Guide’s Web site.

Miss Cross, whose character isn’t pregnant, had planned to film just two more shows following the Feb. 11 episode because it was becoming too difficult to hide her pregnancy, TV Guide reports.

Berry baby talk

Could Halle Berry be pregnant? The Oscar-winning actress, 40 — who is dating Gabriel Aubry, a Canadian model nine years her junior — has spoken about her desire to have or adopt children, the Arizona Daily Star reports. Last week, Hollyscoop.com reported through unnamed sources that the twice-married star “might be expecting.” On Jan. 4, the Montreal Gazette reported that Miss Berry, who was “flashing a large diamond ring on her engagement finger,” and Mr. Aubry recently were in the Los Angeles bakery Sweet Lady Jane asking about wedding cakes. Calls and e-mails to Miss Berry’s rep went unanswered.

Piaf pic a go for fest

A biopic on the roller-coaster life of France’s beloved torch singer Edith Piaf will open the 57th Berlin International Film Festival next month, organizers said yesterday. French filmmaker Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en Rose,” starring Marion Cotillard as the legendary songstress, will open the competition among about 20 pictures for the event’s coveted Golden Bear top prize, reports Agence France-Presse. French stars Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud and Emmanuelle Seigner, all featured in supporting roles, also are expected for the red-carpet premiere.

Miss Piaf, best known for such classics as “Non, je regrette rien” and the film’s title song, became a French icon because of her soulful voice and turbulent life. She spent some of her illness-wracked early years in the brothel her mother ran before garnering international fame in the 1940s. Her death of cancer in 1963 drew hundreds of thousands of mourners to the streets of Paris.

Clive O’s new gig

Clive Owen will be the face in ads for Lancome’s new men’s grooming products, including a fragrance and anti-aging skin care line, AP reports.

Mr. Owen, 42, was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 2004’s “Closer.” His screen credits also include “Gosford Park” and “The Bourne Identity.” The British actor joins a stable of other well-known faces in Lancome ads, including actresses Uma Thurman and Isabella Rossellini.

By George, he’s got it

Frasier” star Kelsey Grammar will play Professor Henry Higgins in a semistaged, concert version of “My Fair Lady,” AP reports. The classic Lerner and Loewe musical, based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” will play four performances, March 7 through 10 at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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