updated 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Carrie Bradshaw started out with Mr. Big. Will she end up with him? While Sarah Jessica Parker was in Paris with her Sex and the City girlfriends shooting the final two episodes of the HBO series, who should one of our spies see there but Mr. Big himself. On Jan. 13 actor Chris Noth was spotted at a cafe across the street from the Plaza Athénée hotel, where the show is headquartered, sipping coffee and reading the sports section of a newspaper. Coincidence? Or is Big in the City of Light because he's finally going to propose to Carrie? I hear that producers, who haven't decided, are shooting both yes and no scenarios. Either way, they'll always have Paris.

Although Lora Somoza won't divulge exactly how boyfriend James Gandolfini proposed on Dec. 16 ("He did it in his own special way"), she did get just the ring—a pricey art deco 3-carat diamond—that she wanted. That's because The Sopranos star invited her to help pick it out. Says Somoza of their shopping trip: "What a smart guy to bring me along!" The couple, who met three years ago on the set of The Mexican, where Somoza was working as a director's assistant, plan to wed on the East Coast this summer.

Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake have split—for a few weeks. Before leaving the U.S. to finish up his solo U.K. tour, Timberlake dined with Diaz—who was headed to Chile with Drew Barrymore for an MTV project—and 10 friends at his West Hollywood restaurant Chi. A week later in London, Timberlake threw a bigger bash for himself—this one with a $90,000 tab—to celebrate four sold-out concerts. Though women outnumbered men four to one at the party, Justin spent much of the evening in a booth surrounded mostly by male friends, talking football and sipping strawberry daiquiris.

Michael J. Fox hasn't acted on camera since he left Spin City four years ago, partly because of the tremors associated with his Parkinson's. But he just completed a two-part stint on NBC's Scrubs, to air in February, playing a doctor with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Executive producer Bill Lawrence, who created Spin City, had been after Fox to do a guest spot since the show began in 2001, but the actor wasn't up to it. Then, just before Thanksgiving, Fox told him that a new medication made him feel better than he had in years. "I honestly didn't think anybody would see him act again," says Lawrence, who jumped at the chance to cast him in the role.


KELSEY GRAMMER and his Frasier costars are treating the crew and their significant others—about 300 people—to a week's vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii after the long-running NBC series tapes its final show in March....

The cast of Everybody Loves Raymond expects to hear soon whether they'll be back for a ninth season. PATRICIA HEATON put $5 in a pool on the sitcom's return, but, she says, "I'm thinking I'll lose the five."...

Tennis ace ANDY RODDICK just finished decorating his new house in Austin, Texas, with help from girlfriend MANDY MOORE, who bought him an iMac desktop and an iBook laptop.

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