WEEK IN REVIEW: Paris's Numbers Go Public
02/25/2005 at 04:00 PM EST
PARIS DISCONNECT: So much for those unlisted star numbers. Earlier this week, hackers cracked Paris Hilton's cell phone directory and posted the numbers of the rich and famous roster on the Internet. Within hours celebs including Victoria Gotti, Lindsay Lohan, and Ashlee Simpson were deluged with calls. More than 500 numbers and personal notes from Hilton's Sidekick II personal device hit the Web, and the thieves also reportedly accessed some revealing pictures of the Simple Life star. Hilton apologized for the incident, declaring she felt "horrible" about the invasion her friends had to endure.
SIMPSON'S SCARE: Singer and reality TV star Jessica Simpson was admitted to a Chicago-area hospital on Monday, PEOPLE reported. The Newlyweds star was in Chicago for an appearance on Oprah when she became dehydrated from a stomach virus, her representative said. The 24-year-old star was treated and released, and she returned to Los Angeles the following day.
BABY BOOM: Stella McCartney, the fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, delivered a baby boy on Friday in London. It was the first child for the 33 year old and her husband, Alasdhair Willis, 34, a former magazine publisher, who wed in August 2003. In other baby news, actor Ben Stiller, 39, and his wife Christine Taylor, 33, announced that they are expecting their second child this summer. Meanwhile, 21-year-old pop singer Michelle Branch is going to have her own bundle of joy. This will be her first child with husband Teddy Landau, 40, who met the singer while playing bass on tour with her.
JACKO JURY SETTLED: Jury selection for the Michael Jackson molestation case wrapped up well ahead of schedule this week. The 12 panelists and eight alternates range in age from 20 to 79, according to the Associated Press, and were chosen from 242 original members. Some of the jurors are reportedly fans of the pop singer's music, and one of them visited Jackson's Neverland Ranch when he was a child. The selection process was halted for several days when the singer was rushed to the hospital on Feb. 15 with flu-like symptoms. He was released the next day.
POPE HOSPITALIZED: Just one day after Pope John Paul II made his longest public appearance since being released from the hospital weeks earlier, the elderly pontiff was rushed back to the same hospital in Rome – and underwent a tracheotomy on Thursday. The 84-year-old leader of the Catholic church was able to breathe on his own and eat by Friday morning, according to Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls.
SAD FAREWELLS: Sandra Dee, the blonde former teen queen who starred in the movie Gidget and was once married to singer Bobby Darin, died Sunday at age 62. The onetime star died of complications from kidney disease. Hollywood also lost booming Broadway baritone John Raitt, who is singer Bonnie Raitt's father. He died Sunday from complications of pneumonia at his Pacific Palisades home. Raitt, who was 88 when he passed away, starred in the landmark musical Carousel and the 1957 classic movie musical Pajama Game. Also, Hunter S. Thompson, author of the 1972 first-person "gonzo journalism" classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, was found dead Sunday in his Aspen-area home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff's officials said. He was 67.