Sunday, October 17, 2004

Italians chide De Niro

Associated Press

Actor Robert De Niro said “serious communications problems” led him to miss two appearances in Italy.

“It was a complicated situation and I’m not sure how it was handled at their end, but it certainly wasn’t handled properly at mine,” Mr. De Niro said in a statement issued Friday by his publicist.

“I was a guest in their country, and the last thing I would want to do is to offend anyone,” the statement said.

The Italian-American actor was to receive the Golden Ambrosius award, which takes its name from Milan’s patron saint Ambrose, on Thursday from the mayor of Milan. Mr. De Niro’s publicist said the actor arrived late and the officials did not wait for him.

“It got complicated,” publicist Stan Rosenfield said Saturday. “Bob was 45 minutes late getting there or 40 minutes late and they didn’t wait.”

Milan Mayor Gabriele Albertini, who said he waited 40 minutes, said the actor’s failure to pick up the award was “an incredible display of bad manners.”

Bored of the ring?

San Francisco Examiner

Jessica Simpson was recently spotted without her wedding band, fueling rumors that she and husband Nick Lachey are headed for Splitsville.

But the singer told In Touch magazine that she just forgot to put it on before she left the house. “I just sometimes accidentally leave it in the jar with the jewelry cleaner,” she explained.

Isley battles IRS

San Francisco Chronicle

R&B legend Ronald Isley was indicted in Los Angeles on Wednesday for evading taxes over a five-year period.

Los Angeles authorities have confirmed that the singer, 63, has been charged with five counts of tax evasion and one count of failing to file an income tax return.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claims the singer deposited royalty checks for himself, which belong to his Isley Brothers bandmates, including his late brother O’Kelly.

Mr. Isley asked for 50 percent of his tour fees to be paid in cash on the day of the performance, of which he paid his band in cash.

It isn’t the first time Mr. Isley’s been in trouble with the tax man. In 2000 he was forced to sell off his share of his band’s music catalog to help raise money to pay a $5 million tax bill. The IRS also claims the star failed to file tax returns for the years 1997 until 2001 and in 2002 did not sign his return and failed to pay taxes due.

Mr. Isley is currently suffering from ill health after he suffered a minor stroke in London in August.

Bergman’s love child

Agence France-Presse

In a new book set to hit the shelves next month, Sweden’s master of theater and modern cinema Ingmar Bergman reveals that co-author Maria von Rosen is in fact his daughter, Swedish media reported.

Mr. Bergman, 86, and Miss von Rosen, 45, have co-written the book “Tre Dagboecker” (Three Diaries), scheduled for release Nov. 1, in which they reveal that they are in fact father and daughter, according to daily Aftonbladet.

Mr. Bergman and Ingrid von Rosen met and became involved in 1957 when he was married to ballet dancer Gun Grut and she was married to Jan-Carl von Rosen.

“Both Ingrid and I were married to other people. In the spring of 1959, Ingrid gave birth to our daughter Maria,” Mr. Bergman writes in the book, according to Aftonbladet.

But Ingrid von Rosen and Mr. Bergman, who already had six children from three different marriages, were apparently not ready to officially acknowledge their relationship.

Instead, Mr. Bergman divorced Miss Grut and married concert pianist Kaebi Laretei in 1959. The couple had a son before their marriage ended in 1969, but by then Mr. Bergman was already living with Norwegian actress Liv Ullman, with whom he had a daughter.

When that relationship soured in 1970, Bergman finally got back together with Ingrid von Rosen, who married him a year later after divorcing her husband.

The couple stayed together for the next 24 years before Ingrid von Rosen died of cancer in 1995.

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

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