- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Knock on Wood

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has been dumped by his wife of 23 years after he ran off with a teenage cocktail waitress, London’s Daily Mail reported Monday.

Jo Wood, 53, reportedly left an angry message on her husband’s phone while he was on a 10-day bender at his Irish retreat with 18-year-old Ekaterina Ivanova, the newspaper says.

Mr. Wood, 61, was said to be drinking two bottles of vodka a day with Miss Ivanova after meeting her in a Soho bar at 4.30 a.m. and partying with her in London before flying them both to his County Kildare vacation home. Left behind at the family home in Kingston Upon Thames, Mrs. Wood reportedly thought they were just drinking buddies and believed they had gone on a painting holiday.

However, Mrs. Wood reportedly decided to end her marriage after stories surfaced that her husband had whisked Miss Ivanova away to Ireland, where she has since posed nude for him. Those claims were strengthened Monday with reports that one of Mr. Wood’s nude paintings, which is on sale in Ireland for $16,000, is of the Kazakhstan-born Miss Ivanova.

“Photography Nude 11” is one of 60 of his paintings on display in Gallery Number One in Dublin, 20 miles from the house in County Kildare to which Mr. Wood fled with the teenager.

Gallery staff say Mr. Wood — who is worth an estimated $140 million, according to the New York Daily News — has yet to visit his exhibition. They also say he has not revealed the identity of the model.

Stern stuff

The National Building Museum has chosen architect Robert A.M. Stern, dean of Yale University’s architecture school, as the winner of this year’s Vincent Scully Prize. The $45,000 award, which will be presented Nov. 12 at the museum, was established 10 years ago in honor of another Yalie, Mr. Scully, a popular art history professor. Mr. Stern, who runs a New York City practice, was chosen for his teaching, writing and promotion of traditional architecture and town planning.

Kate gets ‘Nine’

Kate Hudson has beaten out Sienna Miller and Anne Hathaway for the role of Stephanie in “Nine,” the movie version of the Broadway musical, starring two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as a man who loves women. Miss Hudson joins a stellar cast, which includes Penelope Cruz and Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Judi Dench. A new song, “Cinema Italiano,” was written for Miss Hudson’s character, a journalist for Vogue, who also gets a sexy dance number with Mr. Day-Lewis.

The film is based on the 1982 Tony-winning musical adapted from director Federico Fellini’s autobiographical film, “8½.” The Broadway production, which starred Raul Julia, won five Tony Awards, including best musical.

Over and out

Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman have ended their relationship after five years of dating, People magazine reports. VanityFair.com first reported the split. The couple’s over-the-top videos about fictional flings with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have become huge Internet hits since airing on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in February.

Also calling it quits: Actress Megan Fox has broken off her engagement to Brian Austin Green of “Beverly Hills 90210,” says the Philadelphia Daily News, citing a story in Rav magazine. The pair dated for four years.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Deborah K. Dietsch from staff, Web and wire reports

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