- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

Gathering Moss

Speaking from Bogota, Colombia, Naomi Campbell publicly supported fellow supermodel Kate Moss, who has lost three modeling contracts and is being investigated by London police on allegations that she used cocaine.

“Kate Moss is my friend… I think it’s like everybody is being bad to her,” Miss Campbell said in the Colombia capital, where she was judging a modeling competition, according to Associated Press.

“It’s not the first time it has happened in the world… it’s really like a vendetta,” she said, adding that she herself nearly self-destructed from cocaine abuse.

Pictures published in a British tabloid appeared to show Miss Moss using cocaine.

Miss Moss, 31, issued a statement last week apologizing to “all the people I have let down.”

Color’ of money

Entertainment magnate Oprah Winfrey plans to invest more than $1 million in a theatrical production of “The Color Purple” and said she’s had “a secret dream” to work on Broadway.

Miss Winfrey starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 movie adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel and was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Sofia.

A “Purple” musical opened in Atlanta last year to critical jeers.

Miss Winfrey told the New York Times: “I hope… to open the door to the possibilities for a world of people who have never been or even thought of going to a Broadway show.”

Tie that binds

Hollywood’s favorite May-December couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore tied the knot before 100 guests last weekend, according to published reports.

Mr. Kutcher, 27, and Miss Moore, 42, were married at a private home Saturday night, Us Weekly and People reported on their Web sites.

According to the magazines, the wedding guests included Miss Moore’s ex-husband, Bruce Willis, and their three daughters, Rumer, 17, Scout, 14, and Tallulah, 11; actors Wilmer Valderrama, Lucy Liu and Soleil Moon Frye; and Miss Frye’s husband, Jason Goldberg, who co-produced the MTV television show “Punk’d” with Mr. Kutcher.

Happy curves

Jennifer Lopez may be a diva, but the diva doesn’t do diets.

“At the beginning, when I first started doing music and movies, I had this attitude that I didn’t have to be like anyone else,” the Internet Movie Database reports J.Lo as saying.

Currently on husband No. 3, Latin crooner Marc Antony, Miss Lopez said she once handed a pink slip to an employee who insisted she thin down in the interest of conformity.

“I had this manager who was very critical of my shape, he felt that everyone should look like Heather Locklear — thin and blonde.

“I fired him.”

Crooner in crash

R&B; singer D’Angelo, popular in the 1990s until his reported drug use and run-ins with the law, was critically injured in a wreck outside his hometown of Richmond.

D’Angelo, 31 (born Michael Eugene Archer) was in a 2003 Hummer sport utility vehicle Sept. 19 when it crossed the roadway and struck a fence, ejecting the singer, State Police Sgt. Kevin Barrick told AP yesterday. The singer was not wearing a seat restraint, Mr. Barrick said.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.


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