- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2008

Torres plans tell-all

Dayanara Torres plans to spill the beans on her short and tumultuous marriage to Marc Anthony, the New York Post reports. The former Miss Universe is writing “Married to Me: How Committing to Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce,” which will chronicle how she got over her painful union with Mr. Anthony — who left her for Jennifer Lopez to find true happiness.

The ex files

In other news of the formerly married:

• Pamela Anderson is seeking an annulment from husband Rick Salomon, DenverPost.com reports. The actress wants to annul the two-month marriage based on fraud. Miss Anderson and Mr. Salomon, both 40, were married Oct. 6 in Las Vegas and separated Dec. 13. He’s best-known for making a sex videotape with then-girlfriend Paris Hilton and was previously married to actress Shannen Doherty. Miss Anderson was previously married to singer Kid Rock and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

• Former Beatle Paul McCartney will learn on March 17 just how many of his millions he must hand over to Heather Mills as part of their divorce settlement, Reuters news agency reports. Judge Hugh Bennett is set to deliver his judgment since the pair failed to reach a deal. Mr. McCartney, 65, whose fortune is estimated at $1.6 billion, married Miss Mills, 40, a former model, in 2002.

Life imitates art

In remarks at a dinner before Monday’s official opening of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Major Barbara” — George Bernard Shaw’s early 20th-century tale of love between a Salvation Army officer and a professor and Greek language scholar — director Ethan McSweeny hinted that the play’s theme might have some parallels in the contemporary world.

However, he neglected to say how close the leading lady is to his own heart.

Unbeknownst to the audience, the real-life partner of Mr. McSweeny — a District native and holder of the first degree in drama ever awarded by Columbia University — is actress Vivienne Benesch, who stars in the title role. The pair met in 1995 when she appeared in the company’s production of “Henry V.” This is the first time Mr. McSweeny has directed her in a stage role although they share a title, as co-artistic directors of the Chautauqua Theater Company, the summer theater founded by Michael Kahn in western New York state.

The couple live in New York City but often are separated by their high-profile careers. Mr. McSweeny just directed a play in San Diego about boxer Joe Louis before starting rehearsals for “Major Barbara.” Miss Benesch most recently spent six months in a London revival of Edward Albee’s “The Lady from Dubuque” with Dame Maggie Smith.

Compiled by Anne Geracimos and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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