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and her husband of just over a year, Alex Young, were all smiles as they arrived for a night of dinner and dancing at Tao Las Vegas Nov. 8. When asked how married life was treating her, Walsh, 41, replied without hesitation: "It's been fantastic!"
One month later, that fantasy came to a stunning halt. On Dec. 9, Young, 37, an executive at 20th Century Fox, filed for divorce from the Private Practice
star, claiming they separated exactly two weeks after that romantic Vegas evening.
"The couple remain on friendly terms," Walsh's rep said in a statement, but no one's saying why the whirlwind romance went bust.
Introduced to Walsh in February 2007, Young popped the question in May and they married Sept. 1 in front of many of her Grey's Anatomy
costars. So it was fitting that on Dec. 12 and 13, Walsh was back at work on the Grey's
set, filming crossover episodes set to air in February—and perhaps leaning on those very same costars for support.
CHECKS INTO REHAB
On Dec. 9 party girl Tara Reid, 33, checked into Malibu's Promises Treatment Center, her rep confirmed. The reason was not revealed, but a source tells Scoop, "Tara has a problem with alcohol. It's been at the root of much discomfort between herself and her family and friends." In October Reid told PEOPLE she's a "social drinker," but denied using drugs. "I've done enough [partying] for a lifetime," she said. Reid's pals remain supportive. "They always have and continue to care about her," says the source.
THE People POLL
Should Paula Abdul
Stay On Idol
On Dec. 8 Abdul, 46, blasted American Idol
for allowing known stalker Paula Goodspeed—who died in an apparent suicide last month outside Abdul's home—to audition. As she ponders her future with Idol
, People.com readers weigh in:
Macaulay Culkin's sister Dakota, 29—who died Dec. 10 after being hit by a car in West L.A.—will be remembered as "hilarious, witty and down-to-earth," says friend Andrea Poe. The second eldest of the seven siblings (below right, in 1995) had recently moved from New York City to L.A. to pursue a career in film production. Says former colleague Dana Schroeder: "She was a real sweetheart, a really good kid."
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2008
As if Adam Levine's poolside performance isn't enough, the hotel boasts a second soiree at LIV nightclub, hosted by Diddy
. Sip Ciroc martinis with edible gold and keep an eye out for Chace Crawford
hosts the SoBe Life Water party, while Samantha Ronson deejays.
, who will have taped a segment for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, will actually perform at the Palazzo's bash as fiancé Josh Duhamel
-Wentz and Pete Wentz
leave baby Bronx at home to host the countdown and watch the fireworks over the Strip.
Parker rings in 2009 at her restaurant.
As Taylor Swift
and the Bros.
appear live from Times Square (awkward!), Mario Lopez hosts at this spot a few subway stops from 42nd Street.
Matthew Perry, 39, and Twilight
star Elizabeth Reaser, 33, chatted with pals in a booth at Guy's lounge in West Hollywood on Dec. 13 and according to an onlooker, "They stole cute glances at each other." New romance? One source claims the actors are "just friends," but their reps had no comment.
Are Hayden & Milo Still Together?
No one's saying they've split, but the Heroes costars have rarely been seen together in weeks—and Panettiere was spotted with Jesse McCartney, 21, at L.A.'s Apple Lounge on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Reps are keeping mum.
Hollywood kicked back, relaxed and enjoyed some holiday spirit for a good cause—Clothes Off Our Back and Feeding America—at the Pepsi Holiday House in Los Angeles Dec. 11-13. Guests like Vanessa Minnillo
were greeted by toy soldiers and ventured into a life-size gingerbread house. Lauren Conrad
and Lo Bosworth posed with Santa and the Kardashian sisters snuggled up at the fire pit eating pizza!
THE MADDENS DO SHOES
left daughter Harlow at home, but he was still with family—the singer was joined by brothers Benji, Josh and partner Tal Cooperman to launch their collaborative baby—the K-DCMA shoe line. The guys celebrated Dec. 13 at their flagship store with Nicole Richie
and Cooperman's ex Audrina Patridge
. Josh deejayed while guests watched skateboarders on the indoor ramp.
• 12/11, L.A.: Nicky Hilton and Jaime King sang "Happy Birthday" to Lindsay Price (who turned 32 on Dec. 6) at the Hornitos Midnight in Agave party. • 12/12, L.A.: Topher Grace, Steven Spielberg, Tyrese Gibson and Jordana Brewster (above) hit Transformers
director Michael Bay's Dewar's-hosted holiday bash. • 12/13, Tenn.: Taylor Swift
celebrated her 19th birthday at home with 40 friends and family—the country darling entertained guests with a homemade video, a Ping-Pong tournament (her manager won but she got to the semis!) and s'mores.
- CONTRIBUTORS Mark Dagostino,
- Jennifer Garcia,
- Marisa Laudadio,
- Mary Margaret,
- Kristen Mascia,
- Lesley Messer,
- With Eileen Finan,
- Mark Gray,
- Lisa Ingrassia,
- Amy Elisa Keith,
- Ken Lee,
- Brett Malec,
- Gail Nussbaum,
- Jenny Sundel,
- Christina Tapper.