- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

It’s over — again

Eminem’s dysfunctional relationship with his wife, Kim, has hit another low. He filed divorce papers yesterday, less than three months after remarrying her.

The filing on behalf of Marshall Bruce Mathers III, Eminem’s real name, was confirmed by two employees of the Macomb County, Mich., clerk’s office, Associated Press reports.

The Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper and Mrs. Mathers remarried on Jan. 14, a month after the couple announced they were getting back together. Their first marriage ended in October 2001 after two-plus years. An ugly legal fight included a custody battle over their daughter, Hailie.

Eminem, 33, and Mrs. Mathers, 30, reconciled in late 2004, and he announced in December that they would get back together. The pair, who were high school sweethearts, grew up in the suburbs along Eight Mile Road, Detroit’s northern border.

Wright’s dark side

Frank Lloyd Wright’s wife manipulated the sex lives of unwitting young proteges of the great architect of the Guggenheim Museum, forcing heterosexual and homosexual students to have dalliances with each other and making them do manual labor on her husband’s live-in utopian compound.

That’s one of the many torrid revelations in “The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship,” an upcoming tell-all from Regan Books, the New York Post reports. The 704-page tome by Roger Friedland and Harold Zellman is due in bookstores Sept. 1.

Ten years in the making, the book details Mr. Wright’s (1867-1959) bipolarity, his veiled anti-Semitism and his love-hate relationship with homosexuals. He called them “pansies” and “degenerates” but surrounded himself with them in the 1930s at his reclusive Arizona colony, Taliesin, where studly apprentices roamed the grounds in bathing attire and harem costumes. The book also describes scenes there of nervous breakdowns, drug usage, shady business dealings and interactions with flaky mystics. It also tragically chronicles how Mr. Wright’s drug-addicted daughter, Iovanna, tried to kill his wife twice — once with a meat cleaver — and ended up in a mental asylum.

Brooks’ ex abducted

The ex-wife of country music star Garth Brooks was kidnapped at gunpoint by a man who worked on her farm near Tulsa, Okla., after she cooperated with a bail bondsman who wanted to arrest the worker, authorities said.

According to Associated Press, Sandy Brooks had allowed the bondsman onto her property Monday to apprehend the man, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The worker responded by drawing a weapon, forcing her into a car and ordering her to drive away, said Barry Lamb, undersheriff of Rogers County. After driving for several miles, Sandy Brooks stopped the car and fled into a convenience store, Mr. Lamb said. Quintine Cornelius Harper was arrested and charged Tuesday with kidnapping and weapons offenses, police said.

Sandy Brooks and Garth Brooks were married for 15 years. The couple have three children. Mr. Brooks married singer Trisha Yearwood in a private ceremony in December at their home northeast of Tulsa.

Say it isn’t so

An Indian movie director said yesterday he hopes to persuade Paris Hilton to play the role of Nobel laureate and prospective Catholic saint Mother Teresa in an upcoming film, Globeandmail.com reports.

“Her features resemble Mother Teresa,” director T. Rajeevnath told Agence France-Presse. The filmmaker said Miss Hilton, who co-stars with her former friend Nicole Richie in the reality series “The Simple Life,” is on his short list after a computer-generated image showed a close facial match between the hotel heiress and the Albanian-born nun.

Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, worked among the poor in the teeming slums of Calcutta, with the Missionaries of Charity. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

“A meeting with Paris Hilton is scheduled for the end of April,” Mr. Rajeevnath said.

Miss Hilton’s previous film experience includes appearing in a homemade sex video made by a former boyfriend that was featured on the Internet and parts in several B-movies, including “House of Wax” and “The Cat in the Hat.”

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


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