Copley News Service
By Peggy Scott
Page Standing, general features
Lucy Lawless' wedding to Robert Tapert was alluded to in this article which summed up the prominant celebrity marriages and separations for 1998. Rob Tapert, the executive producer of XWP and HTLJ, is is referred to as her "assistant producer". Heh heh. ("Xena, Warrior Princess took a stab at love when Lucy Lawless made it legal with her assistant producer.")
[snip] During the past year, some of Hollywood's brightest stars kept Cupid very busy, while others drummed up business for divorce lawyers and gossip columnists (not necessarily in that order). A score card or flow chart of some sort may be needed to keep up with celebrity couples' configurations, which can change more often than Michael Jackson's profile. Here's a sampling of who did what with (or soon-to-be without) whom in the world of the rich and famous: Those with a winning hand in the game of love included Jennifer Aniston, who did more than meet Joe Black when she found a new object for her affection in Brad Pitt, while her sitcom roommate Courteney Cox got friendly with ''Scream'' co-star David Arquette. Reality has improved somewhat for Ethan Hawke, who developed a real itch for poison ivy (a k a Uma Thurman) ... supermodel Cindy Crawford married superlucky club owner Randy Gerber ... James Brolin landed the role of a lifetime that of Mr. Barbra Streisand ... Xena, Warrior Princess took a stab at love when Lucy Lawless made it legal with her assistant producer. Sharon Stone followed her basic instinct and married newspaper Editor Phil Bronstein ... ''Man in Black'' Will Smith got jiggy right on down the aisle with Jada Pinkett ... Macaulay Culkin is no longer home alone. He married aptly named fellow 17-year-old Rachel Miner in possibly the only wedding ceremony most likely followed by recess rather than a reception. The ink on the license for Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra's quickie Vegas wedding barely had time to dry before the marriage was annulled (perhaps chapels should install Breathalyzers) ... Marv Alpert didn't just gain a wife he also doubled his wardrobe via his wedding to producer Heather Faulkiner ... George Michael exhibited a public display of affection for, er, George Michael ... Kate Winslet proved that, indeed, her heart would go on right to the altar with assistant director James Threapleton. And, despite almost countless rumors to the contrary, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman made it through another year of bliss. For other famous folks, the love bug's bite proved poisonous. While love may, indeed, be a many splendored thing, it also ended up being a many splintered thing for some: Self-proclaimed ''king of the world'' James Cameron and Linda Hamilton ''terminated'' their marriage, raising the possibility of a settlement of ''Titanic'' proportion ... Bruce Willis and Demi Moore also split, proving that fighting off asteroids or becoming the first female Navy SEAL is nothing compared with trying to keep the knot tied in Tinseltown ... Matt Damon showed anything but good will toward Minnie Driver when he basically announced the end of their relationship on national TV. There's something about Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon that put an end to their pairing. David Hasselhoff himself couldn't resuscitate Pamela Lee and rock cliche Tommy Lee's battered marital bonds. Don't believe it? Let's go to the videotape. A Rolling Stone continues to gather children. The marriage between Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall hit the rocks after he got some satisfaction and reportedly another little Jagger with a Brazilian model. And, finally, girls apparently just want to have fun alone. Paula Abdul decided she is no longer forever her husband's girl; Neve Campbell chose to be a party of one, and Mariah Carey decided that Tommy Mattola is no longer the one she's wishing for. All's fair in love and war. But apparently nothing's permanent.
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