If you can bear anymore of this romance, here goes. It is being said that Tom C. and Katie H. will be married at the Scientology Center in Los Angeles before the summer is over. They may or may not be planning a honeymoon on a boat somewhere, but that somewhere only Tom knows. One of the latest rumors, and there are a million of them, is that they have been looking at Rob Lowe‘s $6 million estate in Montecito, Calif., and that Nicole Kidman was asked to the wedding but has politely declined, although their two adopted children will attend. What you can be sure of is that there will be a wedding cake. Katie H. has a sweet tooth. She says, “In my opinion, if you’re not eating enough sugar, you’re not living. You’ve got to have some sugar — dark chocolate, carrot cake, chocolate cake, cheesecake, pie, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, anything except tarts. I am not really into tarts, but I’ll eat them.” Gawd.
Jude Law has finalized the terms of his divorce from Sadie Frost, and it’s going to cost him $12 million, nearly half of his $30 million fortune. Frost will keep the $8 million London town house she lives in with her four children and will receive an additional $4 million, half in cash and the rest spread out over four years. Jude will also pay for nannies, medical care and education for the children until college time. After three days in court they came to an agreement over the telephone. All’s well that ends well (on second thought, maybe not terribly well for Jude).
Penelope Cruz will start shooting Pedro Almodovar‘s new movie “Volver” in Spain later this month. The director says the film is about “female solidarity.” That again. The movie is all about three generations of women with Carmen Maura as the mother and Penelope as one of her two daughters. As for the wardrobe, Almodovar says Penelope will wear “vulgar, cheap clothes” throughout the movie. Female solidarity?
This story first appeared in the July 6, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Social Notes From All Over: Is it old news that Cameron Diaz was punched in the face by model Coralie Eicholtz at Jimmyz nightclub in Monte Carlo after Diaz, who was trying to make her way through the crowd, accidentally stepped on Coralie’s dress causing it to rip and Coralie to fall? That’s all I know about that and maybe more than you want to know about that.
Whatever, Cameron must have rolled with the punch for she, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu are calling in their kung fu trainers because Drew is hoping to produce a third “Charlie’s Angels” movie. Just now Barrymore is making “Lucky You,” a movie about poker playing in Las Vegas with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Her romance with drummer Fabrizio Moretti is still steady as she goes, but in spite of that, she’s not ready for any little kiddies crawling around soon. When she is ready, she’ll be really ready and she’ll tell us so.
You’ve heard that Martha Stewart is about to become a musical comedy. John Ekizian has written “Martha! The Unauthorized Musical,” based on a fictional Martha-esque character named Martha Blake, who makes her way from humble beginnings to become the world’s reigning domestic diva. Just remember that casting may require both baking and singing. I can wait if you can.
Hilary and Wilbur Ross have moved to 781 Fifth Avenue on the 30th floor, and the new apartment is said to be beautiful. Very visible is the fine Italian hand of decorator Mario Buatta.
In Russia, the big cultural news is that more than 100 pieces of objects by Carl Faberge, the great Russian jeweler, will be on display for the first time at the Moscow World Fine Art Fair, from Sept. 20 to 26 at the Manege Exhibition Hall, the vast new cultural complex that has been restored. These famous art treasures, once owned by the late American collector Malcolm Forbes, are part of a much larger collection of Faberge’s creations that was bought at auction at Sotheby’s in May by a foundation led by Viktor Vekselberg, the prominent Russian industrialist. This occasion will mark the first time the treasures will be on public display in Russia. Everyone is thrilled the treasures are back in Russia where they were created. There will be decorative objects of every stripe, including boxes, cigarette cases, cane handles, desk pieces, clocks and jewelry for all to see.
Fifty-five international dealers specializing in furniture and works of art spanning the 16th through the 19th centuries will show their wares at the fair and there will be jewelry from 16 top dealers to dazzle the eye.
This year, Pilar and Juan Pablo Molyneux of New York will cochair the Friends of the Fine Art Fair and among those joining them on the committee are such well-known Americans as Alexis Gregory, Paige Rense, Olga Rostropovich, Lee Thaw, Catherine and David Hamilton, Brian McCarthy and Robert Couturier.
The fair will take place in one of the city’s most treasured and beautiful neoclassical buildings. The Manege, built in 1817 in honor of the fifth anniversary of the victory of Russian troops over Napoleon, resembles the Grand Palais in Paris in terms of its beauty and spectacular architecture. “Other than the Grand Palais, there is no other building like this in the world,” says Sixtine Crutchfield, the fair’s general manager.
Along cultural lines, do you know that Rosamond Bernier‘s great personal knowledge of artists and the art world is the reason she has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art more than 200 times? That and because she is a fascinating presence at the podium, confident and eloquent, usually wearing something special by Oscar de la Renta. People are still talking about her lecture titled “My Friend Max Ernst,” which she gave earlier in the summer in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition of Ernst’s work.
When I say personal knowledge, I mean it. Rosamond lived at Ernst’s Paris apartment during a difficult divorce. Hers, not Ernst’s. She is quick to say that he was one of the best-looking men who ever lived, and that some of the most beautiful women of his day were madly in love with him. Was she one of them? (P.S. Rosamond has been happily married to the prominent art critic John Russell for many years.)