Friday, April 6, 2001

Nimoy shoots for the stars

Leonard Nimoy is doing his part to ensure that Griffith Observatory lives long and prospers. The actor best known as Mr. Spock on "Star Trek" and his wife, Susan, have donated $1 million to refurbish the 66-year-old Los Angeles landmark.

"I think it's of cosmic consequence," Griffith Observatory Director Edwin Krupp said. "There's something really appealing about Leonard Nimoy's professional career and being able to bring it into this space."

Osmond reveals sexual abuse

In her forthcoming book, entertainer Marie Osmond reveals that she was sexually abused as a child. "I couldn't write truthfully about my experiences without including the abuse," she tells the May issue of Good Housekeeping, which contains an excerpt of the book, "Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression." Osmond says the abuser was not a family member or a friend.

Stranded with Jennifer

Say you're stranded on a desert island. Who would you want to be stuck with? Brad Pitt? Julia Roberts?

"There's lots of people," says Jennifer Love Hewitt, laughing during an interview on "PrimeTime Thursday." "The rock band Journey. Just Steve Perry, because then he could sing to me and I wouldn't even know I was on a desert island nor would I care."

The 22-year-old actress, who co-stars with Sigourney Weaver in the comedy "Heartbreakers," also says in the interview that she loves to spend money on "everything." "I like to spend my money on gifts for my friends and family," she says. "I'm a huge spoiler."

Spiderman suits missing

Columbia Pictures has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the "prompt and safe" recovery of actor Tobey Maguire's four identical Spider-Man costumes stolen from the set of the film shooting on the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The red and black outfits, which are being sported by Maguire and his stunt doubles, were noticed missing from the set Tuesday morning. Anyone with information (or a reliable Spidey-sense) can call a special hot line at (310) 244-1044.

Versace home furnishings on sale

While Gianni Versace created fashions fit for rich humans, the late designer lived in a private world befitting an emperor.

Among the items that the Italian designer kept in his Miami villa:

A plaque of a lion devouring a dog, worth $15,000 to $20,000.

Nude figures in marble, stone and paint � low-key compared to Versace's outrageously sexy gowns.

A 4-foot-high German Baroque barometer, decorated with angels, reverse-etched mirrors and scrolling foliage, worth as much as $15,000.

Those items and other contents of the home where Versace was slain four years ago are being auctioned by Sotheby's through the weekend.v