02:53 PM EDT 03/30/2015
Drea de Matteo
Originally posted 06/08/2004 06:00AM
Natalie Portman has had a longtime love affair with ... dance. Since age 10, the Long Island native has been attending performances by the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. So it's no wonder that she turned up at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater recently for a benefit gala that raised more than $550,000 for The Ailey School and a new theater. "I loved dancing when I was younger, I did everything from ballet to jazz," Portman, who attended the event with parents Shelly and Avner, told us at the afterparty, held in a tent behind the Apollo. "Ailey is the best staple of New York, culturally. There is so much passion and joy in the dancing, it's so much more like acting than any other dance I've seen." Another fan is Angela Bassett, who also attended the benefit.
Originally posted 04/02/2004 01:00PM
A NEW MARTHA? Martha Stewart won't be sentenced until June 17, but CBS is already trumpeting its plans to find a new domestic diva. The network is planning a 10-episode series that will pit extreme bakers and interior decorators against one another in a crafts-based fight to the finish. And since the competition is open to men, the next Martha might be a Martin. In other Stewart news, attorneys for the embattled mogul filed papers for a new trial, after it was revealed that one of the jurors lied to attorneys about his own troubled past.
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