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Affleck's Latest Ex: 'Celebrity Not Fun'

Affleck's Latest Ex: 'Celebrity Not Fun'
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08/05/2004 AT 09:00 AM EDT

REFLECTED: Just two months after Ben Affleck, 31, briefly stepped out with Enza Sambataro, 26, she tells PEOPLE that she couldn't handle her newfound celebrity. "I found out what it feels like to be in the shoes of a celebrity, and it is not fun," says Sambataro, a TV ad sales exec. The two Boston-area natives met at a charity event in May, and Sambataro, Affleck's first girlfriend since splitting with former fiancee Jennifer Lopez, 35, learned that dating the star came with a price – and paparazzi. "It wasn't the most pleasant experience," says Sambataro. Affleck "tried to keep it very private," she says, but "living that life is not me. I'd rather have my own sanity and private life."

UNVEILED: Tom Cruise hit Harlem Wednesday night for the New York premiere of his new thriller Collateral at the Magic Johnson Theater to open the Urbanworld Film Festival. About the black suit and purple shirt he was sporting, Cruise told the Associated Press, "I'm rough trade in a good suit, period." Costar Jamie Foxx admitted that he had to tone down his character for the movie, saying, "Michael Mann (the director) just stayed on my a–. He said, 'Quit jokin'. Quit it.'"

SOLD: Katharine Hepburn's waterfront home in Old Saybrook, Conn., has been sold to Frank Sciame, a New York City-based architect and a neighbor of the late star's. He plans to renovate the property for which he paid less than the $12 million asking price, AP reports. … Meanwhile, Hepburn's one-time Rooster Cogburn costar, John Wayne, who died in 1979, is to be honored with his own 37-cent U.S. postage stamp, to go on sale Sept. 10. The stamp, painted by Drew Struzan, is based on a black-and-white publicity still taken during the filming of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in 1962.

DIED: Frenchman Henri Cartier-Bresson, 95, one of the great photographers of the 20th century and a founding father of modern photojournalism, died in the South of France on Monday, French TV reports. "France has lost a photographer of genius, a true master, one of the most gifted artists of his generation and one of the most respected in the world," said the country's President, Jacques Chirac. ... Lacy Van Zant, 89, father of members of the Southern rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special, died peacefully Tuesday at his Jacksonville, Fla., home of pulmonary illness, according to a release posted on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Web site. He is the father of Ronnie Van Zant, the founder of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Johnny Van Zant, the band's current lead singer. Ronnie Van Zant died in a 1977 plane crash near McComb, Miss., that also killed two other band members. Another son, Donnie Van Zant, was a member of .38 Special.

REVEALED: (SPOILER ALERT: A CSI plot element is to be uncovered.) While George Eads and Jorja Fox are due back on CBS's CSI next season after a brief salary dispute, CSI: Miami actor Rory Cochrane, who plays Tim "Speed" Speedle, will be killed off in the new season premiere, during a gunfight with robbers, according to a CSI fan site. It has been reported that Cochrane had been wanting to leave the show. A CBS spokesman would only say that a character is lost on the first show, but would not say which one.
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