- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Doomed duo

Jerry Lewis and the late Dean Martin barely spoke during the last 10 months of their decade-long partnership, according to an excerpt from Mr. Lewis’ forthcoming memoir, “Dean & Me (A Love Story),” as published in an upcoming edition of Parade magazine.

The longtime friends shocked the showbiz community when they broke up after starring together in movies, radio and nightclubs. Their final show was at the Copacabana Club in New York City on July 24, 1956. Mr. Martin died at 78 on Christmas Day in 1995.

The rub, according to the 79-year-old Mr. Lewis: He wanted to grow as a comedian and actor, while Mr. Martin wanted his own TV show.

“I couldn’t shake the childish hope that, just like a fairy tale, everything would be all better. But I knew that Martin & Lewis’ days were numbered,” Mr. Lewis says in Parade, due on newsstands Sunday.

Holmes’ sweet home

Tom Cruise is buying a mansion in suburban Toledo, Ohio, so that fiancee Katie Holmes, already in a family way, will have a hometown residence near her parents after the power couple’s imminently expected wedding.

The three-story red-brick home with white pillars, said to be one of the most imposing residences around, is in a posh Ottawa Hills neighborhood five miles west of town. It boasts nine bedrooms, eight fireplaces and eight bathrooms.

“Word is getting out,” our Toledo source tells us. “People are already going by the house real slow. It’s a mansion.”

Mr. Cruise, 43, went through a third party to enter a contract on the place, owned for 18 years by Toledo asbestos-removal magnate Dale Bruhl. Closing, at an undisclosed price, is set for Tuesday.

Rumors over the weekend had it that the Hollywood couple are moving up plans for a wedding in Mexico to November from Christmastime, in part because Mr. Cruise knows that Miss Holmes’ devout Catholic parents, tight-lipped lawyer Marty Holmes and wife Kathleen, were none too pleased with the news of an out-of-wedlock child. Miss Holmes, 26, is a graduate of Toledo’s Notre Dame Academy.

Another sign that Miss Holmes soon will nest back home: The village of Ottawa Hills already has approved an application for a fence to be built around the property, we’re told.

Sigourney in the mist

Sigourney Weaver will speak at the National Press Club today to talk up new programs (on cable’s Animal Planet and in conjunction with the Washington-based nonprofit Conservation International) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the unsolved murder of Dian Fossey, the scientist whom the Oscar-nominated actress played in 1988’s “Gorillas in the Mist.”

Miss Weaver is the honorary chair of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which works internationally to save mountain gorillas from extinction.

The group is planning several events to honor Miss Fossey’s work, including one in conjunction with the December premiere of Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” remake.

“We are putting on a fundraiser using ‘King Kong’ as a focus,” Clare Richardson, chief executive of the fund, told Reuters news agency.

Rockin’ in Indochina

Danish pop band Michael Learns to Rock is set to play Cambodia’s first-ever international rock concert and has urged more foreign groups to perform there.

“This will be the beginning of bringing artists to Cambodia,” band leader and drummer Kare Wanscher told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse.

The band will play for an audience of 700 in the Cambodian Television Network studio in Phnom Penh tonight. All other Cambodians will have to settle for a live broadcast.

Compiled by Scott Galupo and Ken McIntyre from staff and wire reports.

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