- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2008

Freeman divorcing

Morgan Freeman is divorcing his wife of 24 years, his attorney has confirmed.

According to a report published Wednesday by the Internet Movie Database, Mr. Freeman, 71, denied claims he was splitting from his second wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, in June amid reports that the Oscar-winning actor had been unfaithful. However, Bill Luckett, a Mississippi lawyer and Mr. Freeman’s business partner, confirmed the split just days after the star was involved in a serious car accident, IMDB.com reports.

Mr. Luckett said the two “are involved in a divorce action” and added that “for legal and practical purposes [Mr. Freeman and Miss Colley-Lee] have been separated since December of 2007.”

Mr. Freeman was involved over the weekend in a wreck with Demaris Meyer. She has been described as the actor’s friend. Mr. Freeman and Miss Meyer had to be cut free from the car before they were airlifted to a Tennessee hospital, where the star has undergone surgery for serious injuries to his left arm and shoulder. Miss Meyer reportedly suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Calls to Miss Meyer’s home on Wednesday were not answered, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Freeman married Miss Colley-Lee, a costume designer, in June 1984. He has two children with his first wife, actress Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, whom he married in 1967.

Royals joining 007

Princes William and Harry are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with another famous countryman of theirs: James Bond.

According to People.com, the producers of the spy series announced on Wednesday that the two will join leading man Daniel Craig and other stars of “Quantum of Solace” for the film’s world premiere Oct. 29 in London.

Per the princes’ request, proceeds from the event will benefit two charities: Help for Heroes, which aids wounded members of the armed forces, and the Royal British Legion, which provides support for those now or formerly on active duty and their families.

Also due to attend the gala are Oscar winner Judi Dench and Gemma Arterton, who co-star in the film, which picks up one hour after the conclusion of Bond’s last escapade, 2006’s “Casino Royale,” according to producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

The movie — the 22nd in the Bond franchise — opens in the United States on Nov. 7.

Alicia Keys and Jack White already have recorded the title tune, to be released by J Records in October.

A tune for Heather

Paul McCartney reportedly is opening up about his ex-wife, Heather Mills, in a song — and despite a bitter divorce battle that lasted two years, his words couldn’t be more loving, the New York Daily News notes.

The former Beatle recently recorded an acoustic ballad titled “My Soul” (reportedly with Miss Mills in mind) that will be released on an album in October, according to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.

The tune is said to be a “very emotional and a very powerful song.” The love melody also addresses some of the rumors about Miss Mills’ past, including claims she was a high-class call girl.

At another point, Mr. McCartney writes, “I was awakened by magic. I was alone in this world. Take me away from here.”

Referencing the death of his first wife, Linda McCartney, Mr. McCartney is said to be talking about the way in which Miss Mills saved him from a dark and depressing future.

In the end, a close friend of Mr. McCartney’s said, the song means “Paul just feels sorry for [Miss Mills]. [He] knows Heather is a complex person and deeply misunderstood — but that she has hardly helped herself by being less than transparent about her life.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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