- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Uptown girl on her own

Christie Brinkley and her fourth husband, Peter Cooke, have separated, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Cooke and Miss Brinkley married in 1996 and have a daughter.

The 52-year-old supermodel was married previously to Frenchman Jean-Francois Allaux, singer-songwriter Billy Joel and developer Richard Taubman.

She and Mr. Joel have a daughter, and she and Mr. Taubman have a son.

Biggie’s kin persevere

The family of Notorious B.I.G. has asked a judge for permission to expand its wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, contending that police Officer Rafael Perez was on duty at Petersen Automotive Museum the night of the killing.

According to AP, the request is included in a 94-page motion citing a list of incidents that the family contends show a pattern linking police to crimes involving rap stars, including Snoop Dogg and the late Tupac Shakur.

Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, was fatally shot in 1997 in a sport utility vehicle shortly after a party in Los Angeles. Still unsolved, the killing has fueled conspiracy theories. Attorneys for the Wallace family claim that officers working for a rival rap label, Death Row Records, played a role.

Officer Perez is not named as a defendant in the proposed new lawsuit, nor are other reported participants, including former officer David Mack, Death Row Records owner Marion “Suge” Knight or a former suspect, Amir Muhammad. All four men have denied involvement in the slaying. The city remains the only defendant.

Words of wisdom

Move over, Dr. Ruth and Dr. Judy. There’s a new sex advice guru in town, and her name is — gulp — Donna Hanover.

The former first lady of New York — married 20 years to ex-Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani — has jumped headfirst into her new gig as AOL’s love-and-sex coach, mincing few words as she dishes out tips to the lovelorn and the lustful, the New York Daily News reports.

You could easily imagine what her advice would have been to Judith Nathan, the current Mrs. Giuliani, who began her relationship with hizzoner while he was still married to Miss Hanover.

Actually, you don’t have to imagine.

“[If] he’s married, I would say tread very carefully… if you respect marriage, probably the best thing to do is back off and go [in] a different direction,” Miss Hanover says.

In other words, keep your paws off Rudy, Judy.

It’s too late for that — but not for the many people who need some of Miss Hanover’s no-nonsense talk.

“I’m giving this advice for all the people I have talked to who are worried they will never meet somebody,” she told the Daily News.

Last year, Miss Hanover published “My Boyfriend’s Back,” in which she recounts her story of rekindling love and marrying her high school sweetheart, Edwin Oster, in 2003.

Mr. Giuliani wed Miss Nathan in a glitzy Gracie Mansion ceremony in 2003 officiated by current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Sunny Mindel, Mr. Giuliani’s spokeswoman, said the former mayor had no comment on his ex-wife’s new career.

Young Lennon returns

Eight years after his solo debut, Sean Lennon is releasing album No. 2, AP reports.

“Friendly Fire” is due Sept. 26, Capitol Records announced Tuesday. It follows “Into the Sun,” which was released in 1998.

“There was a long period after the first album where I felt disillusioned with the machinery of the industry,” Mr. Lennon, 30, said. “It’s not that I stopped recording, playing, performing; I did all those things, just more discreetly. ‘Friendly Fire’ is an experiment to see what it might be like to do music more publicly again.”

Mr. Lennon, son of the late John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono, produced a short film for the album’s tracks, directed by Michele Civetta and featuring appearances by Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Asia Argento, Devon Aoki, Carrie Fisher, Jordana Brewster and others. He plays various characters in the film about betrayal and the failure of love, including a red-coated swordsman and a skate-rental worker.

A trailer for the film can be viewed online, but no release date has been set.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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