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3 items from 2002


Lesbian 'Ally McBeal' Star Was Married to a Man

26 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Portia De Rossi may be a poster girl for lesbians since her sexuality was revealed last year, but she was once married - to a man. According to reports, de Rossi got engaged to her live-in lover, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr's stepdaughter, Francesca Gregorini, 34, in February. But the blonde beauty was previously involved with documentary film-maker and actor Mel Metcalfe (III). The pair met on the Arizona set of 1995's The Woman In The Moon, a film in which they played lovers. Until now, Venice, California resident Metcalfe, has only been acknowledged as a former boyfriend of 29-year-old de Rossi. But Los Angeles Supreme Court documents obtained by American tabloid the Star show the couple was married for almost two years. The officially separated on 1 May 1998 - just weeks before she hit it big on TV show Ally McBeal - citing "irreconcilable differences." The divorce became final on December 9 1999. »

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Hopper To Star in Controversial Sinatra Biopic

29 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie bad guy Dennis Hopper is to play Frank Sinatra in a new British movie about the negative side of Ol' Blue Eyes. The Speed star, known for his psychotic film roles, will play the legendary singer and actor in The Night We Called It A Day. The movie depicts Sinatra's visit to Sydney, Australia in 1974 when local authorities refused to refuel his plane following the star's rude behavior. A movie source says, "The movie's going to ruffle Sinatra fans' feathers as it's being produced by Nik Powell who made the controversial films Scandal and Backbeat. This is definitely not an authorized biopic." Former Ally McBeal actress Portia De Rossi and Melanie Griffith are also set to star. »

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Portia Moves in with Her Lover

15 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Ally McBeal star Portia de Rossi and her lover Francesca Gregorini have taken their romance to a new level - by buying a house together. The actress and Ringo Starr's musician stepdaughter have bought a home in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, for just over $2 million. The five-bedroom Spanish villa-style home was once owned by silent movie star Raymond Griffith. »

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