Monday, May 26, 2003

Giuliani says 'I do' (again)

New York -- Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his longtime companion tied the knot Saturday night in a 15-minute ceremony before 400 guests gathered on the lawn outside Gracie Mansion.

Giuliani and Judith Nathan recited traditional wedding vows before Mayor Michael Bloomberg under a chiffon-draped altar surrounded by yellow flowers and facing the East River, Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel said.

Giuliani started seeing Nathan more than three years ago while still married to Donna Hanover, who drove him out of Gracie Mansion after their 20-year marriage fell apart. He had spent the previous seven years living there while running the city.

Their divorce became final last July, with Giuliani agreeing to pay Hanover more than $6.8 million. Hanover, too, has since found love again. She reunited with her old high school sweetheart, and they became engaged in March.

D'oh! 'Simpsons' creator honored

San Francisco -- Matt Groening, creator of America's favorite animated family, "The Simpsons," was named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year at the 2003 Reuben Awards.

The 57th-annual award ceremony was Saturday at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It featured presenters and past Reuben winners such as "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams, "Doonesbury" creator Gary Trudeau and Cathy Guisewite, creator of "Cathy."

The National Cartoonists Society was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in New York City. Today it includes more than 600 members.

'Laverne & Shirley' actress gets star on Walk of Fame

Los Angeles -- Betty Garrett, the once-blacklisted actress who co-starred as Edna Babish on the TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Friday's ceremony marked Garrett's 84th birthday, and friends including actors Jeff and Beau Bridges attended to help her celebrate.

Garrett also appeared in the sitcom "All in the Family" as the chatty friend of Edith Bunker. On "Laverne & Shirley," Garrett played a landlady who married Laverne's father.

Streep challenges graduates

Durham, N.H. -- As usual, Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep played her role flawlessly.

Speaking to graduates Saturday at the University of New Hampshire, Streep made them laugh; she sang a little, then challenged them to change the world.

To the female graduates, she presented her own example of helping break the gender barriers in eduction -- Streep attended a drama class at Dartmouth College after graduating from Vassar College.

"We were 60 intrepid girls on a campus of approximately 6,000 men. We tried to lead them, gently, toward a difficult idea, the idea that women are valuable to a university," she said. Both schools have since become co-ed.