4 April 2002
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It's Official, Liz Has A Boy!
gave birth to a healthy baby boy at 11:22 a.m. GMT on Thursday morning, according to a statement released by her spokesperson. The boy, Damian Charles, and his mother are both healthy and doing well. Though there has been much controversy about who fathered the child - Liz has claimed it was her former boyfriend, film producer Steve Bing
- there was no mention of whose last name would be given to the boy. (This item was prepared by IMDb staff
Sharon Stone's Mensa Madness
Gorgeous actress Sharon Stone
has finally admitted she's not a member of Mensa - to the genius organization's immense relief. Rumors have long persisted about the star's high IQ, but she told last month's Academy Award ceremony she has never joined the organization. Jim Blackmore, Mensa's national marketing director for America, says, "It's delightful to finally see Ms. Stone admit that she's not and never has been a member of our society. But then she goes on to say, 'I went to a Mensa school.' Not so." Blackmore is certain Stone didn't attend the school, because no such institution has existed since the early 1960s. He continues, "She may have been to a school for the gifted and talented, but Mensa did not run any schools, especially when she was a kid." But despite his annoyance with the persistent rumors, Blackmore admits Stone may be as clever as many like to think. He says, "My gut feeling is that she would definitely qualify. But that's just based on what we've been told by other individuals." Stone would not be the only Hollywood star in the club - actress Geena Davis
is already a member.
Brando's Bust Up With 'Osama Bin Laden'
Oscar nominee Jon Voight
almost walked out on pal Marlon Brando
's latest project - when he was confronted by Osama Bin Laden. Voight expressed his discomfort when controversial British movie maker Tony Kaye
dressed up as the terrorist leader for part of Brando's new video acting class Lying For A Living
. Kaye explained the ruse was "a performance-art piece" meant to teach Brando's students "not to be frightened of terrorism." One bystander, Jod Kaftan, who has since been hired by Brando to write articles about his bizarre acting classes, says, "Jon Voight says he found no humor or purpose in Tony Kaye's outfit, confessing on tape that it made him uncomfortable." American History X
director Kaye and the students he brought with him for Brando's masterclasses were "disinvited" to attend the sessions the day after the Osama Bin Laden episode - when Kaye accused students of being boring. Kaye has since told Kaftan, "Marlon Brando should be with the Taliban. I think he'd be very comfortable in that world, with a hundred wives, 14,000 children, no music, and no one's allowed to speak."
Will Tries To Make Off With Denzel's Oscar
got into trouble with acting pal Denzel Washington
when he tried to walk off with one of his two Oscars. Will visited the Best Actor Oscar winner two days after the Academy Awards to congratulate his pal after he was forced to dash away from the event due to a family health scare. Smith says, "He let me hold both of the twins - as I call them. He has the Oscar for Glory
and now one for Training Day
. They looked golden and pretty. I slid one in my pocket as I left. I wasn't going to keep it. He's got two. Was he going to miss one? He caught me."
Oprah Inspired By Sidney Poitier
Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey
has one person to thank for her phenomenal success - Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier
. Oprah says she's been a fan of Poitier since she was a little girl, and watching him collect an array of accolades over the years made her realise that she too could be a high achiever. She says, "I was 10 years old, sitting on the linoleum floor at home. My mother worked as a maid, and we were on welfare. Black people were still considered 'colored' at the time, and there was a colored man getting out of a limousine at the Academy Awards - Sidney Poitier
- and I was just in awe of that. Then that night, he won the Oscar for Lilies Of The Field
. And that did it for me, as a little girl, it said to me, 'That is possible. You can be colored and that can happen to you."
Hugh's A Smooching Star
Movie romeo Hugh Grant
has lifted the lid on his kissing technique. Hugh has revealed a raunchy clinch on a transatlantic jet on one of his first trips to Hollywood helped him perfect his smooching skills. The 41-year-old actor says, "It was the first time I flew to the states. I had wonderful times and I remember chatting up some girl and snogging her in the corridor by the loo. I don't think she had much experience - her technique was simply to open her mouth as wide as she could. I thought kissing was keeping your mouth as shut as possible."
Tara Reid: The Next Julia?
star Tara Reid
has set her sights high - she wants her career to follow that of Oscar-winner Julia Roberts
. The New Jersey beauty, 26, admits to being a huge fan of Roberts. Tara gushes, "If I had to choose anyone's path it would be Julia Roberts
. She's the only one who can do Sleeping With The Enemy
and then do Pretty Woman
and then do Erin Brockovich
. She's so versatile where she can do everything and people believe her. That's something I hope I can be able to do." And Tara doesn't restrict her praise to just Julia - she also loves Meg Ryan
's comic timing. She gushes, "I think Meg Ryan
is fantastic. Her timing, her facial expressions. I think she's great."
Stepmother Sues Liza Minnelli
's 94-year-old stepmother is suing her for alleged "abuse against the elderly". Lee Anderson Minnelli claims Liza is trying to throw her out of her Los Angeles home. She shared the Sunset Boulevard house with Liza's father, film director Vincente Minnelli
, until his death, and her lawsuit claims she was guaranteed housing in his will. It further claims 56-year-old Liza has not paid her stepmother's housekeeper and staff or her utility bills. The suit alleges, "So while the defendant is honeymooning all over the world, having fed 850 of her closest friends with a 12 foot cake, the widow is alone in a cold, dark house at age 94." Fresh from her honeymoon with David Gest, Minnelli is embarking on a European tour. Lee further claims Liza fired the gardener and the pool attendant and that "the pool is an unhealthy swamp and has become an insect breeding pool".
Crowe Loses Weight For The Oscars
's sudden weight loss before the Oscars nearly led to an embarrassing situation - before he found a safety pin to hold up his trousers. The star had borrowed a tuxedo from Giorgio Armani
, but make-up artist Bruce Grayson
says Crowe had to come backstage to have his trousers pinned because they were "a size too big". It seems unlikely the hefty star had dropped pounds on purpose - an Armani spokeswoman claims he came into the shop a few days before the awards for his fitting.
Bond Stars Get Revlon Perk
The stars of new James Bond movie Die Another Day
will look great after signing up to be coiffed and styled by haircare giants Revlon. Pierce Brosnan
, Halle Berry
, Judi Dench
and the other stars of the new 007 film have signed up to promote Revlon products around the release of the film in December. In return, Revlon chiefs will make sure the Bond stars look good in the film. Berry is already a Revlon spokeswoman.
Tawny Kitaen Arrested On Spousal Abuse Charges
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Reuters reports that model and actress Tawny Kitaen
was arrested Monday for beating her husband Chuck Finlay, a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians baseball team. According to the report, the couple started arguing in their car on the way home from dinner in California's Newport Beach area, where the couple live with their two children. Kitaen allegedly kicked Finlay with her high heel shoes, stomped on his foot while it was on the accelerator pedal of their car, and twisted his ear, leaving Finlay with visible bruises and abrasions. After arriving home, the couple continued to fight, making such a ruckus that a neighbor called police. When police arrived at the couple's home, Kitaen was taken into custody. She was arraigned on Wednesday, at which time she was officially charged with domestic abuse and ordered by the judge to stay away from Finlay until her next court appearance. Kitaen is best known for her co-starring role in the film Bachelor Party
as well as a short-lived marriage to David Coverdale
, frontman of '80s hair band Whitesnake, in whose videos she appeared. She was also arrested last year for allegedly vandalizing a car and was due to appear in court this month on those charges.