Friday, June 15, 2001
The best times of her life
Jane Fonda said she's happier than ever after her divorce from CNN founder Ted Turner. "Oddly enough, this is the most wonderful period of my life," the 63-year-old actress told reporters Wednesday in Copenhagen, while at the International Council of Nurses' world congress, where she encouraged support for the nursing profession.
"While sad, divorce doesn't necessarily mean failure. The things which cause us the most pain are also the things we learn most from," said Fonda. Her decision to become a Christian ï¿½ which Turner has said was a factor in their breakup ï¿½ has given her social commitments extra drive. "It doesn't matter if you're a late bloomer as long as you don't miss the flower show," she said.
Putting the fun in dysfunction
Jane Kaczmarek has learned this about parenthood: "You can't live with a white couch when you've got kids." As Lois on Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle," Kaczmarek is the mother of four sons. In real life, the 45-year-old actress is married to Bradley Whitford of "The West Wing." They have two young children.
And she insists her TV family isn't dysfunctional. "I've gotten a little heated under the collar about that description," she said. "This family has dinner together every night. They function extremely well as a unit. I often think of dysfunctional families as those in which no bounds are being set; there are definitely bounds in this family. They survive by common sense."
'Hannibal' ready for another meal
Anthony Hopkins may sink his teeth into another Hannibal Lecter movie. The star of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal" is in negotiations to reprise his cannibalistic Academy Award-winning role in a prequel based on Thomas Harris' 1981 best seller "Red Dragon," according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Hopkins' involvement hinges on approval of the script by Ted Tally, who won an Oscar for adapting 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs" for the screen. His potential salary for the new film is unclear, but he reportedly earned $10 million for this year's "Hannibal," which garnered more than $245 million in the worldwide box office.
Sex and the wardrobe
Here's a nice job perk: At the end of each season, the stars of HBO's "Sex and the City" can buy some of the outfits they've worn on the hit series. "We buy them at very discounted prices," says Kristin Davis, who plays Charlotte. "A lot of our clothes are samples from the designers, so we have to give them right back because they're one of a kind." Davis said she and co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon can pick one free outfit and then "pay very little for the rest." "Last year I had to write a check for $1,000, and I got two big boxes of good stuff," she said.