- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 7, 2003

No shame in her game

Reuters News Agency

Four decades ago, Helen Gurley Brown made her mark with “Sex and the Single Girl.” Now, at 81, she’s still telling women how to flirt and have guilt-free sex.

The former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine said four decades of marriage have not mellowed her outlook on single women dating married men.

“You have to take what you need. You need a man. You need love. You need sex,” Miss Gurley Brown told Reuters in an interview to promote the republication by Barricade Books of her seminal tome, first published in 1962.

“Sometimes in your life a married man comes in very handy because … he’ll be nutty insane about you,” she said.

“Sex and The Single Girl” was a best seller and was published in 16 languages. It offered tips on flirting, dating, advised single women on stretching a thin budget, and encouraged dalliances with married men.

But while Miss Gurley Brown thinks women should date married men if they want, she’s not worried about anyone snaring her husband of four decades, film producer David Brown.

“If you can get David to be your paramour on Thursday afternoons at the Plaza Athenee that’s your business. I don’t think he’ll do it, but I don’t consider any man off-limits,” Miss Gurley Brown said.

Miss Gurley Brown, now the editor of Cosmopolitan’s international editions, still advises single women not to depend on married men: “That’s a mistake. You don’t want to get in the habit of having a man pay a lot of bills. Don’t expect him to be around on your birthday or New Year’s Eve.”

And, when it comes to keeping the flame alive at home, Miss Gurley Brown said she and her husband take frequent trips to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and London to stir up the romance in their lives.

“Let’s just say we continue to be sexually involved and interested in each other,” Miss Gurley Brown said.

“I stopped being a virtuous girl when I was 19 and got married at 37. There was plenty of time to indulge in whatever activities you wanted [before marriage],” she said.

Broadway bound

Internet Movie Database

Actor John Stamos has signed up to replace Antonio Banderas in the acclaimed Broadway musical “Nine.”

Beginning Oct. 7, Mr. Stamos, married to “X-Men” beauty Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, will take over as Guido Contini, the film director obsessed with women in the Tony-winning stage revival at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The 40-year-old actor has appeared in several Broadway musicals, replacing Matthew Broderick in the revival of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” and starring as the master of ceremonies in the long-running Roundabout Theatre Company production of “Cabaret” at Studio 54.

Marky Mark’s a dad

E! Online

All those boogie nights lead to this: Dirk Diggler is a daddy.

Mark Wahlberg and his model gal pal, Rhea Durham, are celebrating the birth of their first child, a daughter named Ella Rae.

Mr. Wahlberg’s publicist confirmed that the tyke made her grand entrance Tuesday in Los Angeles. No other details were disclosed.

The couple have not announced any wedding plans.

Mr. Wahlberg began dating Miss Durham in 2001, after his split with actress Jordana Brewster.

“It was sex at first sight,” Mr. Wahlberg joked to People magazine about his first meeting with Miss Durham. “I mean, we didn’t have it, but I wanted to.”

Before getting his Diggler on in “Boogie Nights,” the Boston-born Mr. Wahlberg, 32, modeled his Calvins alongside Kate Moss, and, as Marky Mark, sang with the Funky Bunch. Now he’s paying the bills with big-screen roles in such films as “Three Kings,” “The Perfect Storm ” and this summer’s hit heist caper, “The Italian Job.” He’ll next be seen on the big screen in “I Love Huckabee’s,” an ensemble comedy also starring Naomi Watts, Dustin Hoffman and Jude Law.

Miss Durham, 25, is a big-time model who, like her beau, wants to become an actress.

When asked by People if he plans to spoil his baby girl, Mr. Wahlberg chirped: “Of course I will. I spoil my dogs.”

Mac is back


After a nine-year hiatus, Macaulay Culkin is returning to the big screen, but he won’t be playing the sort of fresh-faced, lovable character that made him a child star in the “Home Alone” films. He’s starring in a low-budget independent docu-drama about a homosexual, cross-dressing, sociopathic killer.

In “Party Monster,” Mr. Culkin portrays Michael Alig, a twisted sort of Pied Piper, whose escapades eventually lead him from New York’s club scene, to a grisly killing, and, ultimately, to prison. The film, which opened Friday in limited release, is a true and truly bizarre story.

Mr. Culkin, 23, says the role was a challenge, but he was intrigued by Alig’s incredible story. “It was just so outrageous, and you wouldn’t believe it unless it was true, so I just had to be a part of it.”

In the film, Mr. Culkin, who is straight, adopts Alig’s effeminate characteristics and eccentricities. But he says he isn’t concerned how this will be received by his fans. Mr. Culkin was so fascinated by the bizarre world that Alig created, he visited him at New York’s Attica State Prison to learn more about him.

“I had to try to find a way to connect with him, and ? try to find similarities between him and I ? It’s so easy for other people to make him out to be a demon ? He was wicked, but you loved him anyway.”

Choo-choo defaced

Reuters News Agency

The steam train used in the Harry Potter films has been forced off the rails after vandals caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, the Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Hogwarts Express, which was hired by Warner Bros. for the blockbuster films, has been covered in graffiti which is estimated to cost up to $5,000 to remove.

“It’s just a shame Harry is not around at the moment to turn them into frogs,” one worker from the station yard told the Sun newspaper.

In the best-selling books by J.K. Rowling, the Hogwarts Express takes Harry and his friends from platform 93/4 to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In its more mundane existence, it carries tourists between the English seaside resort of Scarborough and York.

James Shuttleworth, from the West Coast Railway Company which operates the train, said the graffiti was “heartbreaking.”

“The people who did this are mindless toerags,” he said. “This will horrify the millions of Harry Potter fans.”

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

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