Did Di really want to be in pictures? Kevin Costner talks
Focus Kevin Costner's casting of Princess Diana in the starring role of a sequel to 1992's The Bodyguard was no fairy tale. And yes, Sarah Ferguson, the former Duchess of York, helped advance that idea. "I had talked with Princess Di a couple of times," Costner told the BBC March 17. "I explained that I was going to try to make this movie for her, and she was genuinely interested." It was not to be. "The day the script was delivered to me, we lost Diana," Costner said, referring to her fatal car accident in 1997. "And it really took the wind out of me."
Sarah was "a real good intermediary on my behalf," adds the actor. Her spokesman confirmed that Fergie "knows him [Costner] and discussed [the film project] with him in a very general way...and she spoke to Diana about it in the same exploratory, friendly way."
Why cast Diana? "We set a pattern for Bodyguard by using a real singer in Whitney Houston and not an actress," said Costner. "So [by] protecting a real person, the movie maybe had a chance to break new ground." Plans to revise the script—with no particular star in mind—are "definitely in the works," notes a Costner rep.
For Rimes, No Reason to Cheer
Things are more bitter than ever between country singing phenom LeAnn Rimes and her estranged dad and former comanager Wilbur. After a Nashville judge rejected LeAnn's bid to end a long-term contract she inked with Curb Records when she was 12, the singer, now 18, burst into tears, turned in court to Wilbur and said, "I hate you"—twice. Rimes, who won 1997's best new artist Grammy, blames her father for engineering the contract. "She's acting like a spoiled brat," responds Wilbur, 48, who divorced LeAnn's mom, Belinda, in 1997. LeAnn plans to appeal.
A Reel Bid for Scotland
Fancy a wee bit of Mel Gibson's garb? Scotland's Wallace clan will auction props and costumes from 1995's Braveheart this fall to help buy 10 acres in Robroyston, where the English captured Scots warrior William Wallace in 1305. The land could become a subdivision if $700,000 isn't raised. Says clansman Seoras Wallace: "To us it's sacred."
Bench Warmers: Field v. Garner
If you thought a Bush Presidency and Katherine Harris jokes were the only legacy of the Florida recount, think again. It seems the black-robed drama inside the Supreme Court that settled last year's presidential election was enough to spawn not one but two pending prime-time series. In one high-backed chair is seasoned actress Sally Field, set to star in ABC's The Court, an hour-long drama examining "the warring families that exist within the professional levels of the court," according to producers. Over on CBS, veteran actor James Garner will wield a gavel on First Mondays, an hour-long drama that producers say "takes viewers behind the curtains to show what the nine members of the court really think." What's the verdict? Oral arguments are set to begin in the fall.
Diandra Starts Over
She spent more than 20 years married to a man who won an Academy Award for playing a Wall Street tycoon. Now it looks like Diandra, 44, actor Michael Douglas's ex-wife, is ready for the real thing. The documentary producer (and daughter of an Austrian diplomat) is engaged to bona fide financier Zack Hampton Bacon, 48, managing director of Moore Capital Management in Manhattan. Though the couple haven't set a wedding date, "we're both very happy," declares Bacon. Douglas's ex-husband wed actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
in a lavish ceremony at New York City's Plaza Hotel in November.
Putting Oscar on Guard
Oscar night is a time for stars to walk off with awards, not for thugs to walk off with stars. For that reason, security—as usual—will be tight, says Michael Eubanks, whose company provides protective muscle for the big stars. The threat to kidnap Oscar nominee Russell Crowe has only reminded security forces that you can never be too careful. "We don't have 300-pounders that look like sumo wrestlers," says Eubanks, who runs the Omega Threat Management Group. "Ours are more Secret Service types. They blend in with the crowd. We don't want them to draw attention to potential targets."
with Cindy Crawford
Changing hemlines and expanding waistlines are the talk of Cindy Crawford's household these days. She's expecting a second child (with husband Rande Gerber) in September, and starting April 7 on cable's new WE: Women's Entertainment network will host Fashion Flashback, a historical look at clothing design. How does Crawford, 35, juggle the two? Scoop inquired.
Will the pregnancy affect your work?
By May there's only a few things [I'll be able to do], which is nice because you get tired and want to nap—especially having [son] Presley around. It's not like the first time, where I just could crawl into bed all day if I was tired. I have a 172-year-old who wants my attention.
Was the first birth natural?
I didn't have drugs during my delivery. I had my kid at home. Through yoga I learned how to breathe and could apply it to labor.
Was it hard to take the pounds off afterwards?
That part I didn't struggle with. I really kept active during my pregnancy and I didn't use pregnancy as an excuse to eat a pint of Haagen-Dazs every night. I gained 28 lbs. Weight-wise it didn't take that long, less than three months, to get back to my prepregnancy size.
Tell us about the TV gig.
It's a look at how fashion has evolved. It starts at the [early] 20th century with swimsuits, which were pretty much just like clothes [then], and [shows] how we got to Brazilian thong bikinis or sport clothes or lingerie.
What about maternity clothes?
I used to say it was an oxymoron, maternity fashion, but now it's better. You don't have to change your style if you wear tighter, simpler things, or if you like more flowered, hippie-type things. You can find every genre of fashion in maternity—and great fabrics.
Still keep in touch with the other supermodels?
We never had time to become best girlfriends because everybody was always jetting off somewhere.
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SHIRLEY LEAVES THE NEST
It's big enough for the Partridge Family, but Shirley Jones is flying the coop, selling the 7,000-sq.-ft. Beverly Hills mansion (list price $3.45 million) she bought in 1965 for $165,000. The four-bedroom Cape Cod she shares with her husband, producer Marty Ingels, boasts a six-car garage, video arcade room, detached guest house and a spacious balcony built to enjoy the man-made waterfall by the pool and spa. Recently reconciled after a six-month separation, the couple decided they needed a fresh start, even though the house contains memories of Jones's musical family. Notes Ingels: "David Cassidy was weaned on the piano!"
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