People

Sunday, May 26, 2002

Supermodel marries in Europe

Shimpling, England � German supermodel Claudia Schiffer married film producer Matthew Vaughn Saturday in a private ceremony at a 14th century church near her country home.

The guests included retired tennis star Boris Becker, designer Valentino � who created Schiffer's silk wedding dress � and film director Guy Ritchie.

"It was very beautiful," Becker said of the service.

Assistants held blankets to hide the 31-year-old model from about 100 people who gathered as she left the Swan Hotel for St. George's Church.

The couple planned a reception at Coldham Hall, Schiffer's Elizabethan mansion in Shimpling in eastern England. They were also to be host to a celebratory barbecue and soccer game on Sunday.

Meg Ryan in the ring

Cleveland � Meg Ryan is tossing her hat into the ring to play female boxing manager Jackie Kallen on screen.

"Against the Ropes," a drama based on Kallen's rise to fame as a manager, publicist and entertainment writer, will be filmed in Cleveland, the Ohio Film Commission said Friday.

Actor Omar Epps from TV's "ER" will co-star in the film directed by Charles Dutton, who won an Emmy for directing the miniseries "The Corner."

Bids taken on Como items

Morris Township, N.J. � Perry Como fans have a chance to bid on the late crooner's monogrammed cardigans, golf shoes and candid snapshots with other celebrities.

More than 1,500 lots will be offered by Dawson's Auctioneers and Appraisers at an auction that begins Thursday and runs through June 2.

All items are from the Florida home that Como, who died last May, shared with his late wife, Roselle. His will decreed that their belongings be sold at auction, with proceeds going to his estate.

Up for grabs is one of Como's trademark green cashmere cardigan sweaters, monogrammed "PC."

Also on the block are photos of Como with 20th century icons ranging from former President Eisenhower to entertainer Dean Martin.

There's a gag shot of Como giving actor Kirk Douglas a shave. In another, "Honeymooners" star Jackie Gleason playfully makes an obscene gesture on a golf course, apparently in Como's direction.

Pavarotti has all-star concert

New York � Luciano Pavarotti's "Pavarotti & Friends" concert in Modena, Italy, on Tuesday will include performances by Andrea Bocelli, James Brown, Grace Jones, Lou Reed and Sting.

Each artist will perform a solo plus a duet with Pavarotti on stage at the Parco Novi Sad in the tenor's hometown. Elisa, Augusto Enriquez Y Su Mambo Band, Gino Paoli and Zucchero are also scheduled.

Proceeds will go to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for medical, educational and water facilities.