Thursday, October 2, 2003
Hewitt's stalker pleads guilty
San Diego -- A former county social worker has pleaded guilty to stalking actress Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Diana Napolis of La Mesa was treated for mental illness after her arrest last November on charges of making death threats against the actress.
Napolis, 47, confronted Hewitt at a July 2000 appearance at a San Diego radio station. Court documents indicate that she also yelled "Murderer!" and "Killer!" at the actress outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood last year.
As part of her plea Monday in Superior Court, Napolis agreed to stay away from Hewitt for 10 years. She faced up to six years in prison, but was scheduled to be released at her sentencing Oct. 28.
Napolis told The San Diego Union-Tribune last year that the 24-year-old Hewitt and director Steven Spielberg were part of a satanic conspiracy capable of "remotely manipulating my body via cybertronic technology."
New degree of fame
Los Angeles -- If you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, now there's only one degree of separation between you and Kevin Bacon.
Tuesday, the actor received the 2,238th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Ivar/Cinespace Nightclubs.
Bacon, whose films include "Animal House," "Diner," "JFK" and the upcoming "Mystic River," also is the subject of the parlor game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," a takeoff on "Six Degrees of Separation."
The trick is to connect anyone -- usually an actor -- to Bacon in only six steps.
Los Angeles -- California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has chosen his campaign anthem, and it's by Twisted Sister.
The heavy metal band's 1984 hit "We're Not Gonna Take It," which has been announcing the ex-muscleman's appearances since August, is now the official candidacy song. Sister's lead vocalist, Dee Snider, will perform it live Sunday at a gathering in Sacramento, Calif. The recall election is Tuesday.
Learn more about the candidate in "The Fabulous Life of: Arnold Schwarzenegger," airing at 3:30 p.m. today and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday on VH1, Sunflower Broadband Channel 58.
Berry separates from husband
Los Angeles -- Actress Halle Berry announced Wednesday she has separated from her husband, R&B; singer Eric Benet, after less than three years of marriage.
"Eric and I have had marital problems for some time now and have tried to work things out together," Berry said in a statement. "However, at this point, I feel we need time apart to reevaluate our union. We ask that you respect our privacy as we are going through this emotional time."
Berry became the first black woman to win a best-actress Oscar for her work in 2001's "Monster's Ball."