- The Washington Times - Monday, May 17, 2004

Amazing Grace

New York Post

In an unlikely turn of events, Amazonian disco diva Grace Jones is set to join the British aristocracy, marrying the Viscount Ivor Wimborne.

The viscount’s cousin, British socialite Nicky Haslam, told the London Daily Telegraph that Miss Jones already has ordered her dress and also ordered a hat from Irish milliner Philip Treacy.”A final date hasn’t been set, but Ivor is still as in love as ever,” Mr. Haslam tattled.

Miss Jones, 56, who menaced Roger Moore’s 007 in the Bond film”A View to a Kill,” is nearly 20 years her fiance’s senior. It will be her fourth marriage.

Peekaboo

Agence France-Presse

Alexandra Kerry, daughter of likely Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, walked up Cannes’ celebrated red carpet for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s”Kill Bill: Vol. 2” — wearing an off-shoulder black gown that offered a see-through view of the 30-year-old under the camera flashes.

Miss Kerry, who is showing a short film at the festival, was tailed by the press during her stay at Cannes, but French newspapers reported that her staff had steered reporters away from questions concerning her father.

Her film,”The Last Full Measure,” is being presented in the Short Film Corner section and describes the ravages wreaked on an American family by the Vietnam War.

“The characters are fictional,” Miss Kerry said.”I wasn’t born when my father came back from Vietnam.”

Up in smoke

Internet Movie Database

Kate Winslet was caught up in a real-life drama on the set of the upcoming movie”Romance & Cigarettes” when a fire broke out.

The Oscar-nominated actress was filming a fantasy sequence with on-screen love interest James Gandolfini in which he dreams of becoming a firefighter and rescuing her from a burning building. Between takes, the special effects sparked onto a beam in the abandoned building and started burning.

Luckily, a group of off-duty New York firefighters were on the set to serenade Miss Winslet in the scene and were able to rush to the aid of the panicking film crew. Trucks from a nearby New York fire station rushed to the set, and actor Steve Buscemi, who was a fireman before starting his acting career, also helped dampen the flames.

Fortunately no-one was hurt during the fire, which took an hour to extinguish.

Screen debut set

Associated Press

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys will make her film debut in a Halle Berry-produced biopic about piano prodigy Philippa Schuyler.

The yet untitled film details the life of Miss Schuyler, the only child of George Schuyler, a renowned black journalist and author, and Josephine Cogdell, a white artist and writer.

Miss Schuyler, born in 1939, was a child prodigy who played at Carnegie Hall and around the world. She encountered racism as she grew older, however, and had trouble finding acceptance. She later became a journalist and was killed in 1967 in a plane crash in Vietnam.

Like Miss Schuyler, Miss Keys has a white mother and black father, and she is a classically trained pianist.

Cher to the rescue

New York Post

The family of the late, great make-up master Kevyn Aucoin doesn’t like Mr. Aucoin’s ex-boyfriend Jeremy Antune, but Cher sure does.

The ageless diva has been helping Mr. Antune pay his bills and is even sending him to school, sources told the New York Post.

“This sounds like something Cher would do,” a representative for the Oscar-winner said.

Mr. Aucoin’s family and friends see it differently. They believe Mr. Antune is an opportunist and say that Cher, who claims she was Aucoin’s best friend,”never came to see him when he was dying and didn’t go to his funeral,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying.

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

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