- The Washington Times - Monday, April 14, 2008

Heston laid to rest

Charlton Heston, one of the last lions of Old Hollywood, was remembered at his funeral Saturday as devoutly religious and patriotic — a man who was an imposing figure both in his politics and on the big screen.

Mr. Heston, who was born Charles Carter, died April 5 at age 84 in Beverly Hills following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. About 250 people attended the two-hour service at the Episcopal Parish of St. Matthews, a church in a wooded canyon above Pacific Palisades.

A frail Nancy Reagan entered the church on the arm of Tom Selleckand left with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other notables from Mr. Heston’s Hollywood history included Olivia de Havilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Oliver Stone and Rob Reiner.

Mr. Heston’s daughter, Holly Heston Rochell, recalled her father’s love of poetry and recited the words of Shakespeare and Tennyson. Her brother, Fraser Clarke Heston, reminisced about his father’s prowess on his tennis court.

Mr. Heston was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, often playing legendary leaders or ordinary men thrown into heroic struggles. His notable roles included Marc Antony in “Julius Caesar”; Michelangelo in “The Agony and the Ecstasy”; John the Baptist in “The Greatest Story Ever Told”; and an astronaut in a topsy-turvy world where simians rule in “Planet of the Apes.” In recent years, Mr. Heston became better known for his conservative politics and position on gun rights as head of the National Rifle Association. He also campaigned for Republican candidates and against affirmative action

Ivana hitched again.

Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of real estate mogul Donald Trump, wore a pastel pink-and-gold wedding dress when she tied the knot Saturday evening with Italian entrepreneur Rossano Rubicondi, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The wedding took place at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s opulent seaside mansion in Palm Beach. The estate also hosted the billionaire’s wedding to Slovenian model Melania Knauss in 2005.

Mr. Trump, whom Ivana divorced in 1990, attended, as did their children.

Also among the almost 600 guests expected were hotel heir Rick Hilton and his wife, Kathy Hilton, the parents of Paris, and singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.

Ivana Trump, 59, and Mr. Rubicondi, 36, have been together for about six years, her spokeswoman Catherine Saxton said. They got engaged in September, and this is her fourth marriage.

Another crash

Britney Spears’ motoring misfortunes continue.

The pop star was involved in a minor traffic accident late Saturday, but no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, authorities said.

Miss Spears was driving her 2008 Mercedes on the eastbound Ventura Freeway just east of the 405 Freeway about 8:20 p.m. when the mishap occurred, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Miss Spears was in stop-and-go traffic when her car struck a car in front of her that had stopped. The Nissan then pushed forward into another vehicle. No damage was noted to any of the vehicles.

The CHP took a report, and no one was cited.

In 2006, Miss Spears was photographed driving with her son on her lap.

A misdemeanor hit-and-run charge from an August 2007 parking-lot crash was dismissed after she paid an undisclosed amount to the car’s owner.

In October, she pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid driver’s license and later obtained a temporary California license.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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