- The Washington Times - Monday, June 12, 2006

Top dollar for Babs

People who get tickets for Barbra Streisand’s Verizon Center performance may be the luckiest people in the world… but they’ll need lots of cash to do so.

Tickets for the Oct. 13 concert are priced from $100 to $750 and will go on sale Monday, the downtown entertainment venue announced yesterday on its Web site. Il Divo, the male “pop opera” quartet, is the opening act.

Reuters news agency reports that Miss Streisand will play 20 concerts in October and November — her first concert tour in more than 10 years — to raise funds for several charities.

Damon’s a dad

Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Bozan, are the parents of a baby girl, Isabella, their first child, the actor’s publicist said yesterday.

“Mother and baby — everyone — is wonderful, fine,” publicist Jennifer Allen said. The baby was born Sunday in a Miami hospital, Miss Allen said. No other details were released.

The couple were married Dec. 9 in New York City during a private ceremony attended by the bride’s daughter, Alexa, then 7, from a previous marriage. It was the first marriage for Mr. Damon, 35.

Mr. Damon shared a best-screenwriting Oscar with longtime friend Ben Affleck for 1997’s “Good Will Hunting.” The two also starred in the movie.

Mr. Damon’s screen credits also include roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “The Bourne Identity” and “Syriana.”

Potty training needed

Lindsay Lohan infuriated Vogue editor Anna Wintour at last week’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards because she made too many trips to the bathroom, the Internet Movie Database reports.

Miss Lohan, who arrived with Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld, was a guest of Miss Wintour’s at the bash, but the fashionista insists she will never associate with the actress again. “She got up to use the bathroom to powder her nose six times in two hours,” an unnamed source told the New York Post. “Wintour leaned over and whispered to a Vogue staffer: ‘Tell her, if she gets up one more time, she will never be invited to one of my events again.’”

Miss Lohan’s date, Mr. Lagerfeld, was then told, “Karl, this is your guest; control her,” the source was quoted as saying.

Financing romance

Tom Cruise finally seems to have decided how much Katie Holmes is worth, the Denver Post reports. According to a report in Life & Style Weekly, the couple’s prenuptial agreement will give Miss Holmes as much as $33 million, meaning a wedding could be in the offing. Miss Holmes will receive $3 million a year up to $33 million for each year that she is married to Mr. Cruise, plus a palatial home in Montecito, Calif. If the marriage lasts longer than 11 years, the prenup is voided, and California’s community property law kicks in — meaning half of Mr. Cruise’s fortune would go to Miss Holmes.

Ain’t love grand?

Frat house probe

Authorities have raided the Dartmouth College fraternity house that inspired the 1978 movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” AP reports.

Court documents regarding a search were sealed, and authorities said only that Thursday’s raid on the Alpha Delta house was part of a two-year investigation.

Police removed 10 crates and two bags of evidence, along with two sledgehammers, a videotape and a computer, according to the Valley News of Lebanon. George Ostler, lawyer for the fraternity members, declined to comment except to call the search a “major interruption.”

Police Chief Nick Giaccone wouldn’t comment on the investigation except to say that drugs are not the focus and that more arrests are expected. A 19-year-old student was arrested at the Hanover, N.H., house on a drug charge, but police said it wasn’t related to the investigation.

William Walker, vice president for public affairs at Dartmouth, said in a statement that the school was cooperating with the investigation.

“National Lampoon’s Animal House,” starring the late John Belushi, portrayed college fraternity debauchery. One of the writers, Chris Miller, was a 1964 Dartmouth graduate and a member of Alpha Delta.

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

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