PASSAGES: Jolie Foots the Food Bill
09/13/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT
DONATED: Angelina Jolie, 27, has donated $100,000 to a United Nations program providing food for Western Sahara refugees, the Associated Press reports. The actress is already a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. "I hope to encourage other people to make themselves aware of this crisis facing the Western Saharan refugees and do what they can to help," she says in a statement.
ENGAGED: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, 29, will marry pop-star girlfriend Nicole Appleton, she tells Reuters. "Yes, we have gotten engaged, we are very, very happy, though we have yet to set a date," says Appleton who, with sister Natalie, is No. 2 on the British charts with "Fantasy," their first song since they split from girl group All Saints. Appleton and Gallagher (who was formerly married to actress Patsy Kensit) have a 14-month-old son, Gene. The future groom also has a two-year-old son, Lennon, from his first marriage.
REPLACED: "The Sopranos" costar Lorraine Bracco, 46, is set to replace Kathleen Turner in the role of Mrs. Robinson in the Broadway production of "The Graduate" when Turner leaves the role Nov. 17, gossip columnist Liz Smith reports. (Former "Dallas" star Linda Gray, 60, will play the role Sept. 17-22, while Turner, 47, is on vacation.) Critics severely slammed the stage version, but the special circumstance of full-frontal nudity by Turner has been packing in audiences since the show opened in March.
WITHDRAWN: MTV's favorite daughter Kelly Osbourne, 17, has pulled out of her film debut, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Osbourne was supposed to join Annette Bening in the remake of the Disney comedy "Freaky Friday," playing the musically inclined best friend of lead actress Lindsay Lohan. Osbourne also was expected to contribute at least one song to the film's soundtrack. The daughter of Ozzy cited personal reasons for her decision, though specifics were not disclosed. Christina Vidal, who played the title character on the Nickelodeon series "Taina," will replace Kelly in the project.
FACED: Nick Nolte, 61, arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of drunk driving, could also face drug charges, police tell Reuters. "We have strong reason to believe there were drugs involved," California Highway Patrol spokesman Leland Tang told reporters Thursday. A spokesman for Nolte said he had no comment regarding the charges.
DECIDED: Misty Clymer, 24, was chosen Thursday to represent North Carolina at the Miss America Pageant over Rebekah Revels, also 24, who had given up the state crown over allegations of topless photos taken by a boyfriend. "Misty Clymer is the contestant. Rebekah will not be competing in the finals," George Bauer, interim president of the organization, told the Associated Press. "Rebekah will be our guest in Atlantic City. We'd like to continue her status as a VIP guest." Revels had sued to regain her Miss North Carolina crown. Clymer told Matt Lauer on Friday's "Today" show that her victory is "bittersweet."
ORDERED: Sean Stewart, 22, the son of rocker Rod Stewart, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation after pleading no contest to attacking a man outside a Malibu restaurant last December, AP reports. Actor Dean Cain and his brother broke up the fight, then followed Stewart after he fled in a car and reported the attack to police. Stewart was also sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $5,600 to the victim.