Monday, August 18, 2008

Wed in California

In the biggest celebrity union since California’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Ellen DeGeneres, 50, and Portia de Rossi, 35, wed Saturday night, People and Us magazines reported.

“Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were married tonight in an intimate ceremony at their home in Los Angeles,” a spokesperson for the couple said.

Among the 19 guests were both women’s mothers.

Miss DeGeneres, a popular daytime television host who also presented last year’s Oscars ceremony after a successful comedy career, announced plans in May to marry Miss de Rossi.

At an awards show in June, Miss de Rossi, an Australian actress who rose to fame in the hit sitcom “Ally McBeal,” showed off a 3-carat diamond ring given to her by Miss DeGeneres.

Trouble in paradise

Things apparently have turned ugly in the impending divorce between TV and film actress LisaRaye McCoy and her husband, Michael Misick, prime minister of Turks and Caicos Islands, the New York Daily News reports.

Both were treated for bite wounds at island hospitals Wednesday night, reportedly after an altercation.

Mr. Misick’s spokesman told the newspaper, “LisaRaye; her cousin Phillip Travis; and her publicist, Lynn Jetter, assaulted the guard at the premier’s home, proceeded to ransack the house and then assaulted the premier and his sister. The premier at no time had any physical contact with LisaRaye.”

“No, we didn’t break in,” Miss Jetter told the Daily News. “She was at her home. Someone bit her. It might’ve been Michael or his sister, but there was shoving, and someone bit her on the shoulder.”

The romance started beautifully. Three months after meeting Miss McCoy, 41 — a Chicago native who appeared in the 2003 sitcom “All of Us” and the films “The Players Club” and “Sahara” — Mr. Misick popped the question. Their 2006 wedding at the exclusive Amanyara resort featured actress Vivica A. Fox and Miss McCoy’s half-sister, rapper Da Brat, in the bridal party. Miss McCoy, in her role as first lady, also helped boost tourism on the pristine 40-island cluster, where Keith Richards and Bruce Willis have homes along the world’s third-biggest barrier reef.

Yet the marriage deteriorated quickly amidst charges of infidelity. Miss McCoy was accused of having an affair with former Miami Heat point guard Gary Payton, who separated from his wife last week. Mr. Misick allowed BET veejay Rocsi to hold court in the mansion while Miss McCoy was away, angering her.

Mr. Payton’s spokesman denied it, and BET wouldn’t comment on Rocsi, the Daily News said.

No concert in Iran

Iran says it has not authorized a concert by Irish crooner Chris de Burgh, the official news agency IRNA reported Sunday, according to an Agence France-Presse dispatch. It would have been a first in the Islamic republic,

“No request has been made for a Chris de Burgh concert and, as a result, no authorization has been granted,” the culture ministry’s music department said in a statement carried by IRNA.

In May, Mr. de Burgh, 59, best-known for soft-rock ballads such as “Lady in Red,” visited Iran and expressed hope he would become the first Western pop star to perform in the Islamic republic since the 1979 revolution.

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