Daily Insider for March 5, 2004

03/04/2004 at 01:45 PM EST

March 5, 2004
MOTHER KNOWLES BEST
When Beyoncé Knowles and boyfriend Jay-Z flew into the Bahamas last Friday morning, locals assumed that they had planned a quiet weekend together. Three hours later, when Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland arrived with Beyonce's parents, the island buzzed with speculation that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were tying the knot. Turns out they did fly into Freeport for a wedding, but Beyoncé wasn't the bride – she was the maid of honor for her 17-year-old sister, Solange, who exchanged vows with college football player Daniel Smith..

At the reception at Old Bahamas Bay, a secluded beachside resort on the island's west end, Jay-Z spent about 45 minutes in deep conversation with Beyoncé's mother, Tina. "They were very intense," says onlooker William Kerr. "They almost acted like mother and son." In her toast, Beyoncé referred to her still-single status. "She made a joke about her baby sister beating her to the altar. Everyone laughed, including Jay-Z. Beyoncé's mother patted him on the arm. It was like she was saying, 'Your time will come soon.' "

After spending the night in separate villas (yes, even megastars can show old-fashioned values), Beyoncé and Jay-Z enjoyed an affectionate beachside stroll. "They were holding hands," says a hotel employee. "They stopped and gave each other a kiss and it was very tender. They must have known that the other guests were watching them, but they didn't seem to care. They were into each other."

EVERYBODY LOVES DAD
How does the highest-paid man in television history maintain a sense of normalcy at home? Ray Romano, who's starring also on the big screen in Welcome to Mooseport, says of his four children ranging in age from 5 to 13 with wife Anna: "You try to teach them right from wrong. ... They're going to have opportunities and things that other kids aren't going to have. I mean, they go to premieres, they're on red carpets. They come with me to the People's Choice Awards and they're up onstage. They drive little baby Hummers. Their trainers are from Sweden. (Laughs) No."

A NIGHT AT THE THEATER
Sarah Jessica Parker, Meryl Streep, Mary-Louise Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Annabella Sciorra, P. Diddy and others turned out recently for the opening night of Bridge & Tunnel, a one-woman, off-Broadway show by 29-year-old actor/playwright/poet Sarah Jones. At the afterparty at the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, Parker raved about the show. "I thought it was astonishing," the actress, dressed in a Michael Kors gray knit top and sparkly gray skirt, tells us. "It was one of the greatest evenings I've spent in the theater."

GOLD MEDAL MOM
She was a world champion for two years and won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, but ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi says being a mom to baby daughter Keara is her proudest accomplishment. "I don't think that anything can compare to that," she tells us. Kristi, who is married to hockey player Bret Hedican of the Carolina Hurricanes, is currently a guest performer with Smuckers Stars on Ice.

HIGH NOTE
Lost in Translation got lots of Oscar attention, but 19-year-old star Scarlett Johansson says the shoot was hardly all work and no play. Johansson, her mom, and costar Bill Murray enjoyed Tokyo's famed karaoke bars. One evening they sang "Hard Days Night" as a trio, and then "My mom and I sang 'House of the Rising Sun,' like we always do," Johansson tells Daily Insider. "I did my great Cher impression. It was a good night."

Written and reported by: STEVE HELLING, AMY LONGSDORF, KATHY EHRICH, SANDY POSNAK and REBECCA PALEY

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