Sunday, December 30, 2001
'Potter' author J.K. Rowling weds
London ï¿½ Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has married her boyfriend at their home in Scotland, her spokeswoman said Saturday.
The wildly successful writer married Dr. Neil Murray, an anesthetist, on Dec. 26, in a private ceremony.
"J.K. Rowling and Neil Murray were married privately on Dec. 26 at their house in Perthshire," Nicky Stonehill said. "Their immediate family attended the wedding."
Rowling and Murray met in Edinburgh, Scotland, a little more than a year ago. Her first marriage ended in divorce and it was as a single mother, bringing up her daughter, Jessica, that Rowling began to write the best-selling books in Edinburgh.
Her first book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was recently released as a film, smashing box office records in Britain and the United States, where it is titled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
Widow, son fight for family jewels
Santa Ana, Calif. ï¿½ Anna Nicole Smith's late oil tycoon husband spent well outside his personal means to give the former Playboy playmate expensive jewels and gifts, his son testified.
Pierce Marshall, 63, said his father was unable to pay for $1 million worth of Harry Winston jewels and tried unsuccessfully to pay for it with a business loan.
"He said 'The jewels are just going to have to go back,"' Marshall said Friday.
But he said Smith refused to return them at first, so the jeweler sued his father, Marshall said.
It was Marshall's second day of testimony in the ongoing battle over J. Howard Marshall II's millions. Smith's attorneys will begin questioning Marshall on Wednesday.
Marshall is appealing a previous decision to award Smith more than $400 million of his father's estate.
Smith met the elder Marshall at a club where she was working as a stripper in 1991 and they were married at a drive-in chapel in Houston three years later when she was 26 and he was 89. He died in 1995.
She has testified the elder Marshall promised her half his fortune.
Willie stops traffic
Austin ï¿½ Willie Nelson, on horseback, stopped traffic Friday in Texas' capital city.
One of the city's main roads, Congress Avenue, was closed partially for most of the day to allow the country singer to film a video for a song he recorded with Lee Ann Womack.
Dozens of people with cameras lined the sidewalks to watch the 68-year-old Texan shoot a scene in which he rides a horse through a traffic jam.
Nelson wore a black leather coat and a black cowboy hat. With his trademark long hair, unbraided, blowing in the wind, he waved to cheering fans between takes.