- The Washington Times - Monday, August 15, 2005

Cover woman

Christie Brinkley was a supermodel before the word was invented, and a large part of her popularity came through 20 years of CoverGirl ads.

The association began in 1976 and lasted until the mid-1990s. And when the company approached her earlier this year to rekindle the relationship, Miss Brinkley didn’t blink, Associated Press reports.

“We’ve been having a ball today. It’s like a time warp. It’s as if those 10 years between never happened,” she says.

What is different is that Miss Brinkley is 51, and she’s pitching Advanced Radiance, a makeup line created for women 30 and older.

“There is such an age phobia in this country and this ad is showing me being comfortable with the age I am. I think it’s a good positive image, something you don’t see enough of,” Miss Brinkley says.

Soul mates

Two years ago, Demi Moore met “That ‘70s Show” star Ashton Kutcher at a casual dinner. They’ve been together ever since.

“Talk about meeting your soul mate,” the 42-year-old actress tells Harper’s Bazaar in its September issue. “I truly feel I have been given that gift. And believe me, I wasn’t some lightweight package. I’m, like, the package that didn’t just come with luggage — I had trunks.”

While she and Mr. Kutcher, 27, would like to “expand our family,” the couple doesn’t plan to marry. “I feel that we are and that we don’t need something formal, so to do so isn’t a big deal one way or another,” Miss Moore says.

“The next phase? The growth of my partnership. The growth of our union. The growth of our family. Which is all the things we truly desire … to expand our family.”

Just friends

Vince Vaughn ended speculation he’s dating Jennifer Aniston by confessing he’s not really interested in dating anyone seriously. “I’ve never been that big on having to go home with the same girl every night,” the “Wedding Crasher” star said, according to Internet Movie Database.

Mr. Vaughn is currently filming “The Break Up” with Miss Aniston in Chicago, and the two have been photographed kissing and cuddling. However, both now deny being more than friends.

Name game

What’s in a name?

Find out on EBay.

Stephen King, John Grisham, Andrew Sean Greer and several other best-selling authors are joining Michael Chabon next month in selling the rights to name characters in their new novels.

The auction proceeds will go to the nonprofit First Amendment Project, which purports to defend the free speech rights of activists, writers and artists.

“It feels a little scary for most writers because when you’re writing you’re completely in charge. You can say this book is all mine, it’s my world,” Mr. Chabon, who sits on the project’s board, told AP. “Whether giving some of that over has any monetary value or not, we’ll see.”

Big daddy

Aussie actor Heath Ledger plans to take a year off from acting in order to hone his daddy skills.

His girlfriend, actress Michelle Williams, is due this fall. The couple met last year on the set of “Brokeback Mountain.”

“I want to spend at least a few months bonding,” the World Entertainment News Network quotes Mr. Ledger as saying.

“I might do something in the middle of next year because I’ll have had a year off by then.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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