Friday, February 16, 2001
Marriages: Coming ...
"Star Trek" star William Shatner and a one-time high school homecoming queen got married this week in the central Indiana city of Lebanon. Shatner, 69, and Elizabeth Martin, 42, had been the talk of the town since the pair walked into the Boone County Courthouse on Monday to pick up their marriage license. This is the fourth marriage for Shatner.
... and going
Actress Phylicia Rashad has filed for divorce from her sportscaster husband, Ahmad. Though the grounds for the action in Manhattan Supreme Court are "abandonment," the split is said to be amicable, according to the New York Daily News.
Out of the crowd, on the runway
Good thing former "Law & Order" star Jill Hennessy was all dressed up for Nicole Miller's fashion show. Hennessy, an invited guest, didn't realize she would be plucked from the audience onto the runway.
She was incorporated Wednesday into a supper-club scene Miller staged in her showroom to introduce a collection of outfits inspired by the big-band era.
"They told me to dress in '40s-style clothes. I thought it was just a theme," said Hennessy, wearing a blue-and-cream polka-dot dress. "I'm glad I had the fishnets (stockings) and the right shoes."
A royal reception
Queen Elizabeth II got the royal treatment from youngsters at a London primary school who welcomed her with a musical performance and a bevy of admiring messages. Children at St. Clement Danes School gave the monarch a red, white and blue card covered with heart-shaped cutouts and filled with Valentine's Day greetings.
"Dear Queen Elizabeth, Thank you for visiting our school and meeting with us on this very special day," one child wrote. "You do a great job as a Queen of the U.K. ï¿½ it must be hard."
Sam Twining, chairman of the school's trustees and a member of the famous tea-selling family, said there was just one thing missing from Wednesday's royal visit. "Sadly there is no time to offer her majesty a cup of tea and a biscuit," he said.
Pavarotti seeks Madonna duet
Luciano Pavarotti, the world's most famous opera singer, would love to sing a duet with "Queen of Pop" Madonna, reports The Associated Press.
While announcing a summer charity event to be held in Hyde Park, London, Pavarotti said Wednesday that he hoped London's newest superstar resident can find time to perform with him at one of his annual concerts in his home city of Modena, Italy.
"That is my dream," he said of a duet.
"She promised to come if we sing together "Caro Mio Bene" and I'm very interested," he said. "I have asked her but she has been busy ï¿½ first she makes the baby and then, I don't know. If you give me a contact for her, I thank you very much."