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Originally posted 05/28/2010 10:30AM
Just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you're immune from being ripped off. Witness the jaw-dropping tale of a "Scammer to the Stars" who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme that bilked $30 million from the likes of Uma Thurman, Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, playwright Neil Simon, directors Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese and Nora Ephron, illusionist David Blaine, and celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz.
And though some of the luckier stars smelled a rat and got their money out in time, on Thursday federal prosecutors arrested so-called financial adviser Kenneth Starr, 66, in his $7.5-million Manhattan condo – where he was hiding in the closet, until federal agents spotted his shoes underneath the door, according to The New York Times.
Initially, Starr's wife, Diane Passage, a former dancer at the Scores strip club, told the agents that Starr was not home. But then, reports the New York Post, quoting the agents, she pointed upstairs and whispered, "He's upstairs."
Originally posted 01/19/2010 06:20PM
Two months after calling off
their engagement, Uma Thurman and Swiss
multimillionaire Arpad "Arki" Busson were seen smooching on a bench in New York on Tuesday.
Although Thurman, 39, and Busson, 46, ended their year-long engagement in November, a source told PEOPLE that the couple still "remained friends."
So are they just pals who happen to lock lips or could they be rekindling their romance? Thurman's rep could not be reached.
Originally posted 01/11/2010 03:30PM
Uma Thurman is set to help Robert Pattinson cut his teeth as a bad-boy journalist in Bel Ami, which begins filming next month.
"They are planning on doing the film Bel Ami in London," Thurman's rep tells PEOPLE, confirming the actress' involvement. Of a reported scripted kiss between the stars, he says, "The plot of the movie is not being released just yet."
Pattinson – cast in May in the story based on the 19th-century novel by Guy De Maupassant – will also be joined onscreen by Christina Ricci, reportedly as a promiscuous young housewife, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The actor, 23, who plays a Parisian soldier-turned-journalist, has said that the lead female role in the movie "needs to be literally inspirational." One can only guess that Thurman, 39, fills the bill – and then some.
– Joe Bargmann and Julie Jordan
Originally posted 12/08/2009 10:45AM
Uma Thurman is single again.
The actress broke off her year-long engagement to Swiss multimillionaire Arpad "Arki" Busson on Nov. 15. "The engagement ended awhile back – almost two months ago," says a source. "They remain friends."
The couple began dating in the summer of 2007, and one year later, Busson proposed with an 8-plus carat engagement ring. Just don't expect to see that ring on Thurman's finger anytime soon. "She will probably give it back," says the source. "She wants to return everything that is his."
Originally posted 09/16/2009 01:00PM
She became a Hollywood star as a teen, but Uma Thurman – who turns 40 next year – says getting through the last decade was a big challenge.
"I can't say my 30s were the easiest time. And I had thought my 20s were hard!" she tells W Magazine for its October issue.
For those who think she had it all – the looks, the career (Oscar and Golden Globe nominations), and the family (kids Maya, 11, and Levon, 7) – she has a warning: "You know, that's the worst mistake a woman can make, to think, 'Oh, I'm 32 and I've had two kids and I've worked since I was 16 and now it's going to get easier.' Because as soon as you think that, you're doomed! You're absolutely doomed!"
Originally posted 04/21/2009 02:50PM
It's not just the fact "she looks beautiful" that attracts Swiss multimillionaire Arpad Busson to Uma Thurman, but her charitable heart, he tells PEOPLE
"Of course, I'm proud of her," the financier, 46, said Monday night after arriving at Rose Hall in Jazz at Lincoln Center on the arm of his fiancée for the Cookie Magazine Smart Cookie Awards in New York. Thurman was honored for her work with Room to Grow, a non-profit organization that helps children born into poverty during the first three critical years of their lives.
Busson, who kept his arm around Thurman on their way into dinner and for much of the evening, told PEOPLE he was especially proud of Thurman's charity work. "She's been involved since the beginning [of Room to Grow, in 1998]. She goes and sees the sites and works on the projects. She's been incredibly dedicated."
Originally posted 04/18/2009 09:05AM
Is Uma Thurman going to walk the aisle this weekend? Sources close to the actress and her fiancé, multimillionaire Arpad Busson, who arrived on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera earlier this week, tell PEOPLE that wedding plans may be underway for as early as Saturday.
The couple announced their engagement last June after Busson presented Thurman with some serious bling: an eight-carat diamond surrounded by 20 smaller stones.
Thurman, 39, and Busson, 46, have been spotted at a luxury resort on Eleuthera.
Originally posted 08/19/2008 06:15AM
Now that she's engaged to Swiss multimillionaire Arpad "Arki" Busson, Uma Thurman says she's open to the possibility of having more children.
"I can safely say I don't know," the actress, 38, tells InStyle for its September issue. "If it's meant to happen, it will. I love and adore being a mother."
Thurman says parenting her two children (with ex-husband Ethan Hawke), Maya, 10, and Levon, 6, is "the greatest gift I’ve ever been given."
Originally posted 07/07/2008 06:30AM
Uma Thurman is learning never say never – at least when it comes to wedding vows.
After her two divorces from actors Gary Oldman and Ethan Hawke, the Kill Bill star swore she'd never marry again. But now, in her first interview since her engagement to Swiss multimillionaire Arpad "Arki" Busson was announced, Thurman tells the U.K.'s Sunday Times Style magazine that she's happy to go back on her word.
"I'm going to have to retract my statement of never," she says. "I'll have to eat my words – what a surprise."
Originally posted 06/27/2008 09:10AM
Uma Thurman is engaged to her Swiss multimillionaire boyfriend, Arpad "Arki" Busson, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"I can confirm she is engaged," Stephen Huvane said on Friday. New York's Daily News was first to report the engagement.
On Saturday, the couple themselves made the announcement, on page 75 of London's The Times.
Under the heading "Mr A. Busson and Miss U. Thurman," it reads, "The engagement is announced between Arpad, son of Mr Pascal Busson, of Paris, and Mrs Florence Harcourt-Smith, of South of France, and Uma, daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert A. F. Thurman of New York."
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