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- February 24, 2003
- Vol. 59
- No. 7
Rules of Attraction
Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Civilians and Celebrities Do It; A People Peek at Dating Rituals in Hollywood and Beyond
Prone to public affection, loath to be alone, relentless swingers: Yes, Africa's bonobo chimps cut an impressive romantic swath. Not unlike another high-profile species, Celebritus redcarpetus—the single Hollywood star. They're both "incredibly sexy animals," says Crocodile Hunter's Steve Irwin. "They'll pair up and everything gets a little haywire." The main difference? "I've never," says Irwin, "seen a bonobo out promoting a movie."
Tom Cruise & Penélope Cruz
DURATION: A year and a half
ATTRACTION: "Tom," Cruz has said, "is one of the most generous people I know."
FAVORITE WATERING HOLES: The pair follow seasonal patterns that lead them everywhere from the Ritz in Paris to Cruise's homes in Telluride, Colo., and New Zealand.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The outdoorsy couple can be spotted hiking, surfing and golfing. Pilot Cruise also exhibits flying ability.
OFFSPRING: Cruz spends time with Cruise's two children from his 10-year marriage to Nicole Kidman: Isabella, 10, and Connor, 8.
HUNTING AND GATHERING: Forget baubles and Bentleys; this pair favors natural beauty. In '01 they rented out all 18 rooms at the Wakaya resort in Fiji ($1,600 and up a night).
Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart
DURATION: One year
ATTRACTION: Flockhart "chooses funny, creative, intelligent men," says a source.
FAVORITE WATERING HOLE: Chadwick, the Beverly Hills bistro owned by Ford's son Benjamin, 36.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: A 22-year age gap: he is 60; she, 38.
OFFSPRING: Ford has four children (ages 12 to 36) from his two marriages; Flockhart has a son, Liam, 2.
HUNTING AND GATHERING: In '02 Ford pounced on a black Jaguar, presenting it to his mate for her birthday.
Ben Affleck & Jennifier Lopez
DURATION: Seven months
ATTRACTION: "She finds everything he says funny," says director Kevin Smith.
FAVORITE WATERING HOLES: The B-Side Lounge in Cambridge, Mass., Affleck's hometown; also, Nobu (see box)
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Often travel with a small herd of handlers, friends and family; drive his-and-hers Bentleys; with her influence his grooming has improved drastically
HUNTING AND GATHERING: His exotic National Geographic-quality mating behavior included presenting his intended with many bright, shiny objects, including a $50,000 Rolex, a Mercedes and a 6.1-carat pink diamond.
Brittany Murphy & Ashton Kutcher
DURATION: Four months
ATTRACTION: "I like everything about her," says Kutcher. "She's just the total package."
FAVORITE WATERING HOLES: The couple can be spotted at a drive-in theater in Pasadena ("I definitely recommend that" as a dating spot, says Murphy) and bowling in Los Angeles. "We do regular, fun stuff," says Kutcher.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The party animals--they recently hit four back-to-back Super Bowl bashes--boast a striking height difference: He's 6'3", she's 5'1".
HUNTING AND GATHERING: Adept at hoarding movie props: Both have been spotted wearing the wedding bands they kept from the set of their recent film Just Married. For Christmas, Kutcher, 25, bought Murphy, 25, CDs and clothes; she gave him a diamond-studded cross pendant.
Diane Lane & Josh Brolin
DURATION: Ten months
ATTRACTION: "We're very similar," says Brolin, 35, "in that celebrity is not a necessity. Everything is easy."
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: At home on the range: Lane, 38, often accompanies Brolin to his 97-acre ranch near Paso Robles, Calif.
OFFSPRING: Lane's daughter Eleanor, 9, from her marriage to actor Christopher Lambert; Brolin's kids Trevor, 14, and Eden, 9, from his marriage to actress Deborah Adair
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