PASSAGES: Cage Ducks Divorce Question
DECLINED: After submitting to a soft interview Tuesday with "Today" host Katie Couric about his new movie, "Adaptation," Nicolas Cage, 38, was asked about his recently ended, extremely brief marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, 34. Couric, 45, seemed so embarrassed by her question that she actually uttered "Eek" after she posed it. Replied Cage: "I'm sorry, I just can't talk about that. I never have and I never will. I just won't go there." In response, Couric told him, "I totally respect that."
BORN: "The West Wing" deputy chief of staff Bradley Whitford, 43, and "Malcolm in the Middle" mom Jane Kaczmarek, 46, have a new baby girl, Mary Louisa Whitford, born at 9:32 a.m. Monday in Los Angeles, their publicist tells the Associated Press. "Everything went wonderfully; she looks amazing," said Melissa Kates. The baby weighed in at 10 lbs. 3 oz. and measured 21 in. long upon arrival. The Whitfords, married since 1992, also have a 5-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.
CLARIFIED: Courteney Cox Arquette is back to being just Courteney Cox, as friends of "Friends" have noticed in the show's credits. But the actress, 38, assures InStyle magazine that the move is simply out of respect for her father, Richard Cox, who died of cancer last year -- and not an indication that her marriage, to actor David Arquette, 31, is in trouble. "It's not an issue for David," she says. "I am an Arquette, but I'm also a Cox. My Social Security card says Courteney Cox Arquette. And when we have children they will not be Cox-Arquettes, they will be Arquettes."
MARKED: More than 2,300 people gathered in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday to hear U2 lead singer Bono speak on what Americans can do to help stop the spread of AIDS in Africa, reports AP. "It's not about charity. It's about justice and equality," said the Irish rocker, 42. His appearance was one of many events around the nation to commemorate World AIDS Day. Actress Ashley Judd and four-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong were also at the Nebraska event. "A $4 shot can prevent a mother from transmitting the HIV virus to her infant," Judd said.
SCHEDULED: Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, Barry Manilow, Kelly Rowland and Carly Simon are among those due to perform on NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special, airing live Wednesday from New York's tree-lighting ceremony. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Lee Ann Womack, Mannheim Steamroller and Steve Wariner are expected to serenade all at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.
CONTEMPLATED: Legendary Hollywood personality Zsa Zsa Gabor, 85, is considering suing her hairdresser over the recent car crash in which she was seriously injured, reports the New York Post. Her eighth husband, Frederic von Anhalt, threw out the figure of $100 million that might be claimed as damages from the unnamed hairdresser who was driving the car that crashed last Wednesday on L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard. Gabor is in pain but her lungs, heart and brain are all fine, says her husband. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center still calls her condition serious and says she could remain hospitalized for up to six weeks.
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