Friday, September 6, 2002

Actor takes one step at a time

Indianapolis � Jason Priestley won't plot his car racing future until after he recovers from serious injuries he suffered in a crash last month.

"I want to get healthy and see how my feet work before I decide," the actor said.

Priestley, 33, is recovering at an Indianapolis rehabilitation hospital after crashing Aug. 11 during practice for an Infiniti Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway. He broke both feet and the middle part of his back, and sustained fractures in and around his eyes and ears.

The former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star wears a chest brace to restrict movement of his back, which has a pin in it. He is expected to have the casts on his feet replaced today to allow him to apply a small amount of weight on them.

Miss America lands F-15 pilot

Portland, Ore. � Miss America is dating an Oregon Air National Guard fighter pilot she met on a tour of the Portland Air Base.

Katie Harman, 22, and Lt. Tim Ebner, 29, had been seen dining at a restaurant along the city harbor and visiting the beach at Seaside to share tuna sandwiches during the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant in July.

"Sometimes I kick myself and say, 'Hey, do you realize you are living some guy's dreams to be dating Miss America,"' Ebner said. "But I'm not dating Miss America, I am dating Katie."

Ebner, an F-15 pilot, said he plans to be in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 21 when Harman passes her title to the new Miss America.

McCartney nixed prenuptial deal

New York � Despite British tabloid reports, Heather Mills says Paul McCartney didn't force her to sign a prenuptial agreement before their extravaganza wedding this summer.

Mills tells Vanity Fair magazine in an article for its October issue that she offered to sign an agreement, but the former Beatle � who's worth more than a billion dollars � wouldn't allow it.

"I wanted to prove that I love him for him," the 34-year-old said. "He said, 'I wouldn't let you."'

Mills, a model who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident and raises money for children disabled in war, married the 60-year-old musician on June 11 before 300 guests at a remote Irish castle.

Dr. Quinn, designer woman

Los Angeles � Jane Seymour, best known for her TV series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," will design clothing and accessories for girls and boys in a new line for Saks.

Seymour, 51, who also has written the children's book "This One 'N That One," has been designing clothes since 2000. Under its agreement with Seymour, who also paints, Birmingham, Ala.-based Saks will hold exclusive U.S. rights to design, produce, distribute and sell the clothes and other items. The clothing will be for newborns to children 7 years old.

The actress also is set to design a line of home products, including decorative items such as vases.