- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mrs. O on People list

Breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate made the cover of People magazine’s 100 most beautiful people issue Wednesday, a list that also welcomed newcomers first lady Michelle Obama and “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson, Reuters news agency reports.

Mr. Pattinson’s vampire-loving co-star Kristen Stewart, teen music idols Nick and Joe Jonas and “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel also made the coveted roster for the first time in the celebrity magazine’s annual issue that hits newsstands Friday.

Miss Applegate, 37, star of ABC’s “Samantha Who?” won admiration for going public last year about her breast diagnosis. She later underwent a double mastectomy.

Penns to end union

Sean Penn has filed for legal separation from his wife of 13 years, Robin Wright Penn, Seattlepi.com reports, citing reports from TVGuide.com and the syndicated entertainment show “Extra.”

Mr. Penn, 48, and Mrs. Wright Penn, 43, each filed for divorce in December 2007, but the paperwork was dismissed in April 2008 at the couple’s request. The Penns have been married since 1996 and have two children together, daughter Dylan, 18, and son Hopper Jack, 15.

The couple was last seen together at the Academy Awards, where Mr. Penn won his second best actor Oscar for “Milk.” But Mr. Penn raised eyebrows when he neglected to thank his wife during his Oscar acceptance speech. After the ceremony, Mr. Penn, with his wife by his side, explained the omission to “Access Hollywood”: “She knows,” he said. Mrs. Wright Penn elaborated, saying they knew there wouldn’t be “enough time,” notes People.com.

The couple began dating in the early ‘90s, following Mr. Penn’s divorce from Madonna in 1989, and married in 1996.

Calls to the couple’s rep were not immediately returned, TVGuide.com reports.

Bling returned

Rihanna will get back $1.4 million in borrowed jewelry she was wearing the night she was reportedly beaten by Chris Brown.

Prosecutors agreed to have the jewelry photographed for evidence if it is needed at a trial. The 21-year-old singer’s attorney had requested a judge’s order for the items’ return, but an agreement was reached Wednesday morning.

Donald Etra said after the hearing that it will allow Rihanna to return the items to companies that lent them to her. She wore the jewelry, described as a pair of earrings and three rings, to a pre-Grammy party, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Brown was arrested Feb. 8 and charged nearly a month later with assault likely to produce great bodily injury and making criminal threats.

Braxton suing Lloyd’s

Toni Braxton thought she was covered when she bought “nonappearance and cancellation insurance” from Lloyd’s of London insurance prior to her residency at Las Vegas’ Flamingo Hotel in 2006.

However, the Grammy-winning songbird had to cancel her stage show at the hotel because of heart problems.

Now she’s suing the insurance provider for an undisclosed amount, Perezhilton.com reports.

Although the Bowie native had purchased the correct form of insurance, Lloyd’s of London claims Miss Braxton’s heart problems were due to a “pre-existing condition” and refused to pony up the money to the hotel for their losses.

Miss Braxton obviously disagrees.

Hef wants Holly back

Hugh Hefner wishes that his ex Holly Madison would move back into the Playboy mansion.

The couple split in October after dating for seven years, but Mr. Hefner, 83, tells Los Angeles Confidential she’s still the “love of his life.” The magazine hits newsstands on Friday.

Miss Madison, 29 - who dated Criss Angel for three months after calling it quits with Hef - has moved on though.

“I loved my time at the mansion and think the world of Hef,” she told Fox News in response. “There comes a time in everyone’s life where they need to go their own way.”

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

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