- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 19, 2006

He wants his bling

In divorce papers, Nick Lachey is seeking spousal support from Jessica Simpson, and he wants his jewelry back.

In court papers filed Friday in response to Miss Simpson’s Dec. 16 divorce filing, Mr. Lachey cited irreconcilable differences for the dissolution of the three-year marriage.

Mr. Lachey, 32, also asked for “miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects,” part of Miss Simpson’s earnings from after the date of separation and other assets.

The couple, who starred in their own MTV reality show, “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica,” had no prenuptial agreement and in her petition, Miss Simpson asked the court not to grant Mr. Lachey spousal support.

Mr. Lachey, who gained fame as a member of the boy band 98 Degrees, had more earning power when the couple wed in October 2002. However, Miss Simpson’s fame skyrocketed during the marriage. The 25-year-old singer-actress reportedly earned more than $30 million last year, including earnings from her big-screen debut playing Daisy Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard” movie.

France honors Mailer

Norman Mailer, the one-time enfant terrible of the U.S. literary establishment, is to receive France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur medal in New York next month, the French consulate in New York announced Friday.

The award will be presented to the 83-year-old, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author at a special ceremony by France’s ambassador to the United States, Jean-David Levitte.

Born in Long Branch, N.J., in 1923, but raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Mailer garnered instant fame at the tender age of 25 with his literary debut “The Naked and the Dead” — a novel drawn from his experiences as a soldier in the South Pacific during World War II.

Since then, his output has been nothing if not varied and prolific, including 40-odd books — 11 of them novels — plays, screenplays, poems and assorted journalism.

He has married six times, fathered nine children and — never the shrinking violet — even ran unsuccessfully for the post of New York mayor in 1969.

Stolen ‘Kiss’

Actor William Hurt, nominated for an Academy Award this year for the fourth time, revealed last week that his first Oscar has been stolen.

The 55-year-old Hollywood star, who won the best actor statuette for 1985’s “Kiss Of the Spider Woman,” said the coveted statuette had disappeared during a house move last June.

“It got stolen; someone walked off with it,” he told reporters at a luncheon given in honor of this year’s Oscar nominees, including Mr. Hurt, who won a nod for best supporting actor for “A History of Violence.”

“I’m working on getting it replaced,” he said, adding that he feels “sorry” for the person who stole it.

Mr. Hurt also revealed that there may have been a delay in realizing that the statuette was missing because he does not display his Oscar and other movie awards and memorabilia in his house.

“I don’t sport trophies in my house, I don’t want my children thinking of me in that way,” he said.

Mr. Hurt has been nominated for best actor three times previously, for “Spider Woman,” for 1986’s “Children Of a Lesser God” and for the television-themed drama “Broadcast News” (1987).

Broadway bound

New York will get a little Motown razzle-dazzle when Smokey Robinson joins the Broadway cast of the musical “Chicago” on April 24.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Mr. Robinson will play flamboyant defense lawyer Billy Flynn in the long-running show. He is scheduled to stay with the show throughJune 11. By the way, Robin Givens, on leave from the Broadway cast to play Roxie Hart in “Chicago” at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, is scheduled to rejoin the New York production March 7, after the Detroit run.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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