- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Goin’ to the chapel

Rebecca Romijn, whose screen credits include the “X-Men” films and “Rollerball,” is engaged to actor Jerry O’Connell.

The couple became engaged during the weekend in New York after dating for a year, US Weekly magazine reported yesterday. Joy Fehily, Mr. O’Connell’s publicist, confirmed those details to Associated Press.

No other details were available.

Miss Romijn, 32, was previously married to John Stamos (television’s “Full House”) for six years. After their divorce was finalized in March, she dropped Stamos from her last name.

Earlier this year, Miss Romijn finished filming “Man About Town,” which features Mr. O’Connell. The couple also worked together on “The Alibi,” which has not been released.

The 31-year-old Mr. O’Connell, whose films include “Stand by Me,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Tomcats” and “Mission to Mars,” stars in the NBC medical crime drama “Crossing Jordan.”

The write stuff

A collection of letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to a beloved godson sold at auction yester-day for $82,300, the auctioneer Bonhams said.

The series of 50 letters to Thomas Faber, a member of the Faber and Faber publishing family, includes poems and illustrations that formed the basis of Mr. Eliot’s 1939 children’s book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” which was dedicated to Mr. Faber. It went on to inspire the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats.”

The collection had been valued at $45,000 to $54,000. One buyer bought the entire set, Bonhams spokeswoman Josephine Olley said, but she declined to identify the purchaser.

Mr. Eliot, who died in 1965, worked for many years as an editor at Faber and Faber and eventually became a director of the firm. Thomas Faber became a Cambridge University physicist and died in 2004.

The auction included 84 other letters from Mr. Eliot to Mr. Faber’s mother, Enid, which sold for $99,620 to a different bidder, Miss Olley said.

Celebrity spirits

Bottles of wine bearing images of Greta Garbo will go on sale Oct. 1 to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Swedish actress, according to the Internet Movie Database.

About 350 cases of the limited-edition sparkling wine, called the 2001 Greta Garbo Brut Rose, will be priced at $42 per bottle and sold exclusively at Domaine Carneros Winery in Napa, Calif.

Meanwhile, a line of tequilas from the estate of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo will join the growing list of celebrity-inspired libations later this month.

Frida Kahlo Tequila will be introduced initially in Mexico as well as three major American markets — New York, Los Angeles and Miami — with plans to expand nationally in 2006.

“[Miss Kahlo] enjoyed tequila very much,” says Jorge Gutierrez, president of Dorado, Pizzorni & Sons LLC Importers, which will manufacture the beverage.

“She would drink it to inspire herself to do her paintings. She was very Mexican and proud of her country.”

Change of heart

The Swedish clothing chain Hennes & Mauritz yesterday said it will drop a planned advertising campaign with model Kate Moss after she admitted to recently using cocaine, Associated Press reports.

H&M; initially said it would proceed with Miss Moss in the campaign, but company spokeswoman Liv Asarnoj says that “after evaluating the situation, we have decided that a campaign with Kate Moss is not consistent with H&M;’s clear disassociation from drugs.”

The company will call in another model for the campaign, Miss Asarnoj says.

H&M;, Europe’s largest fashion retailer, had planned to use Miss Moss to help launch a new collection designed by Stella McCartney that will hit stores in 22 countries in November.

Miss McCartney, daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney, will design a limited women’s collection of about 40 items that will go on sale in 400 stores Nov. 10.

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

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