A New Identity for Alanis

02/17/2005 at 06:00 AM EST

A New Identity for Alanis
Alanis Morissette
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Canadian-born singer Alanis Morissette felt particularly moved when she sang the national anthem for the American Express Jam Session at L.A.'s House of Blues recently: She had become an American citizen earlier that day. "I took a test where I memorized a hundred different questions and answers!" she tells us. Jumping headlong into the American dream, Morissette is preparing to tour the States in June and July; recording an acoustic version of her breakthrough CD, Jagged Little Pill, due June 13; producing (with Tom Hanks) a semi-autobiographical show for Comedy Central called We're With the Band; and appearing in the upcoming film Just Friends with her actor fiancé, Ryan Reynolds. Is she also planning a wedding? Not now. "We're just really enjoying this phase," Morissette tells us.

Mami Knows Best
A little glimpse into the private married life of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony: When the pair finished their closed-set rehearsal last Saturday night, they wandered into the Distinctive Assets Grammy Lounge and landed at the Solstice Sunglass Boutique. "You pick for me," Anthony told his wife. "You know what looks best on me." Lopez's response: "Papi, try these – these would look good on the red carpet," holding out a pair of silver mirrored aviators by Dior Homme. Coincidentally, Sheryl Crow, who had stopped by earlier that day, selected the same pair for her beau, Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong.

Baby Love
When it comes to Julia Roberts's twins Finn and Hazel, money is no object. A spy tells us someone in the Ocean's Twelve star's camp recently placed an order with tony Silver Cross for a $2,000 navy Kensington Pram. This is the same English baby carriage Sarah Jessica Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Celine Dion used for their babies – and it's a favorite among British royalty.

Caught in the Act
Spotted Recently:
Donald Trump's Apprentice sidekick Carolyn Kepcher, strolling at the Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut with her family.

Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon, in the lounge at L.A.'s Four Seasons Hotel. McMahon appeared to be waiting at a table for four companions who were late. When a woman asked if he could spare a chair, he politely explained that he was expecting people but gave up the seat anyway. About 40 minutes later, the woman returned the chair, garnering a smile from McMahon, who by then had been joined by his group, including Ray actor Patrick Bauchau.

• By KIMBERLY LANSING, ALISON GEE, KC BAKER and CYNTHIA WANG

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