2002-01-03 / Arts & Entertainment

Jill Jackson’s Hollywood

Jill Jackson’s Hollywood

©2002 King Features Synd., Inc.

I’m finding it hard to put into words this past year — 2001. It’s been like no other for any American. Our country has been invaded and terrorized, and we’ve all been traumatized. Let us hope in the year to come that we will find the peace for which we have always fought.

As for Hollywood and the exigencies of daily living — celebs married, divorced and sadly died: Halle Berry married Eric Benet, William Shatner took Elizabeth Martin as his bride, Lauren Holly wed Franco Greco. Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy became man and wife, as did Tom Green and Drew Barrymore. Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith made it legal after having two children, and Geena Davis wed for the fourth time — this time to Dr. Reza Jarrahy. Anne Heche and Coleman Laffoon married, and so did Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd, and I think that about sums it up in the nuptial department. If I’ve omitted any, please advise.

Divorces were filed by Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, and now I understand he wants her back. Phylicia Rashad split from Ahmad, Marilu Henner from Ron Lieberman, and the shocker came when Ted Turner and Jane Fonda called it quits. Melissa Mathison filed for separation from Harrison Ford when she found him roving, and Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt split before they made it legal.

And showbiz bid farewell to Jack Lemmon, Carroll O’Connor, Imogene Coca, Anthony Quinn and Dale Evans.

On a lighter note, Tinseltown is gearing up for the new year with the Oscar push ever on. And there’s always something making news. So, let’s look at ...

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BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Tom Hanks (pictured above) has three films on tap: "The Road to Perdition," "Terminal" and "Catch Me If You Can" with Leonardo DiCaprio. Doodling one day I wrote "T. HANKS," and it accidentally came out "THANKS." Oh well, indulge me ... Meg Ryan, now wearing those short, shaggy blond locks long and below her shoulders, is said to have plunked down just under $100,000 in a New York store. One pair of boots cost $3,500. Ouch! ... Folks on trendy Melrose Avenue couldn’t believe what they were seeing. BUT IT WAS GEORGE CLOONEY ON HIS MOTORCYCLE, AND WHO WAS ON THE BACK? MISS JULIA ROBERTS, THAT’S WHO! ... Word is Gisele Bundchen has told Leonardo it’s over, but who knows, by the time you read this they may be cooing again ... Gwyneth Paltrow is looking for a good script, and she really could use one. Her last three outings have definitely not been worthy of her talents ... Aside to Helen M. of Terryville, Conn. Indeed, Paul Newman is still active. Proceeds from all his food products go to charity, and he is scheduled to star in "Empire Falls" for HBO. And, of course, he and Joanne still have a great marriage ... Billy Bob Thornton, receiving all kinds of awards for his "The Man Who Wasn’t There," told a friend of mine he has all kinds of phobias, e.g. "antique furniture and Benjamin Disraeli’s hair." And we thought it was weird because he wears Angelina’s blood in a vial around his neck! ... Arnold Schwarzenegger had a motorcycle crackup, but he’s doing OK, and there will be a "Terminator 3" ... And so to all of you — Thanks for reading and PEACE and HEALTH in the New Year!

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