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Mary-Kate, Ashley Make It to the Big 18

Mary-Kate, Ashley Make It to the Big 18
Ashley (left) and Mary-Kate Olsen
BAUER-GRIFFIN

06/14/2004 AT 08:00 AM EDT

LEGALIZED: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turned 18 on Sunday, and while they celebrated with a trip to Mexico (and officially assumed control of their $1-billion-plus business empire), the day also was marked by the shutting down of several Web sites carrying an Olsen countdown to 18. As such, say pop-culture pundits, the next countdown will be for Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan – who turns 18 on July 2.

DEFINED: Britney Spears's new fragrance will be called Curious and will carry a blended scent of white flowers and vanilla-infused musk, it has been announced by Elizabeth Arden, which has a licensing agreement with the 22-year-old pop princess. Packaging for Curious will feature two of Spears's favorite colors, pink and azure blue, and the bottle will be azure with heart-shaped charms. A scented whipped body cream, shower gel and solid "shimmer stick" will debut in department stores in September, the company said.

JUMPED: Former President George Bush turned 80 this weekend and took a flying leap – twice. The 41st Chief Executive (and father of the current president) marked his birthday by skydiving 13,000 feet over his presidential library in College Point, Texas. Then he repeated the stunt. The birthday boy said he wanted to prove that just because a person turns 80 "doesn't mean he's out of it."

SPLIT: Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, 52, has announced that he and his third wife, Marta, had mutually decided to end their marriage of 10 years. According to a statement from a publicist, the Limbaughs "have separated pending an amicable resolution." It was not clear whether either party had formally filed for divorce. No further details were available.

FETCHED: A two-day auction of property belonging to Katharine Hepburn, who died at 96 last June, brought in an unexpected $5.8 million, with many items selling for far above the estimated price, said Sotheby's New York. The most coveted piece (and the most expensive item) was a bronze bust of Spencer Tracy that Hepburn created in the 1960s. The audience cheered when the 3-inch sculpture sold for $316,000, compared to an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The buyer was anonymous.

WAYLAID: A stomach ailment has forced Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, 33, to sit out some performances of the hit Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, with understudy Billy Eugene Jones stepping in for the mogul-turned actor, who left at intermission Saturday. Combs hopes to return for Tuesday night's performance, says a show spokesman.

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