Saturday, March 23, 2002
Diana's letters sell for a bundle
London ï¿½ A private collector paid $33,000 at auction Friday for a collection of handwritten letters and cards that Princess Diana sent to the former housekeeper at her family home.
Bidding was brisk, and hotelier Michael Rockall, who bid by telephone, paid well above the $23,000 expected by auctioneers G.A. Keys.
The collection had belonged to Maud Pendrey, who worked at Althorp House, the Spencer family's country estate where Diana spent her teen-age years.
The correspondence includes nine letters Diana wrote after her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981, and 14 Christmas or New Year's cards sent between 1981 and 1995.
In the first letter, dated Aug. 14, 1981, Diana thanks Pendrey for a wedding present. A later letter, enclosing a picture of an infant Prince William, is signed, "An extremely proud and lucky mother."
Model Moss to be a mom
London ï¿½ Kate Moss and her publisher boyfriend, Jefferson Hack, are expecting their first baby, Hack's family said Friday.
Hack's father, Douglas, said the couple told him on Wednesday that the 28-year-old model is three months pregnant.
A spokeswoman for Moss' modeling agency, Storm, confirmed the news.
Moss and Hack, the 30-year-old publisher of style magazine Dazed & Confused, have no plans to marry, Douglas Hack said.
Halle Berry says depression made her contemplate suicide
Los Angeles ï¿½ Halle Berry said she once defined herself by her relationships with men, and it drove her to suicidal depression.
The Oscar-nominated actress confesses in an upcoming Barbara Walters special that her 1996 divorce made her contemplate suicide years ago.
"I was going to sit in the car ... I went into my garage with my two dogs and I had them in the car and I was going to asphyxiate myself," said Berry, who's up for best actress for the drama "Monster's Ball" at Sunday's Academy Awards.
The 33-year-old said the breakup with her ex-husband, Oakland Athletics outfielder David Justice, made her question her value as a person.
The Barbara Walters special airs at 6 p.m. on ABC before the Academy Awards telecast. It also features interviews with Tom Cruise and Sarah Jessica Parker.