People talk 9/12/01

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Liz Taylor writes book about jewelry

Now you can learn more about what makes Dame Elizabeth Taylor glitter. The Academy Award-winning actress is writing a book about her private jewelry collection, considered among the world's most valuable.

"Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry" will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2002.

"I'm so excited to be able to share the moving, funny and beautiful memories behind these pieces of jewelry," Taylor said in a statement Monday.

According to Simon & Schuster, the actress will write about lovers, friends and various special occasions and relate them to specific items in her collection. The book will feature 100 photographs, all chosen by Taylor.

With pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bulgari and Schlumberger, her jewelry has been appraised by Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses as one of the finest private collections in the world.

Time with Heche is 'dim memory'

Steve Martin was all smiles promoting his new film, "Novocaine," at the Toronto International Film Festival until a reporter brought up his past relationship with actress Anne Heche.

Martin's smile disappeared when asked at a news conference about Heche's comments last week in an interview with Barbara Walters about emotional problems she has had.

"The whole thing with me and her happened eight years ago," Martin said Sunday. "It's like a dim, dim memory."

Pressed on Heche's admission that she was hearing voices at that time, Martin said only: "No, I didn't have any experience with that at all, sorry."

Third Eye Blind singer tries movie acting

Stephan Jenkins knew a little something about being a rock star before he played one in the movie "Rock Star." That's because he's the lead singer of Third Eye Blind.

Jenkins plays the singer in a heavy metal tribute band that rivals the tribute band in which Mark Wahlberg's character performs.

He said some aspects of the movie, in which Wahlberg's character gets a shot at rock 'n' roll fame after toiling for years as a wannabe, are accurate.

"You live on tour buses," Jenkins said. "You've got 22 people who work for me on the road, and it's very seductive, and it is in some ways corrupting, and it makes you crazy."

"Rock Star," which opened Friday, was the No. 4 movie at the box office in its first weekend, grossing about $6 million.

Comedians to roast Playboy celebrity

Drew Carey, Gilbert Gottfried and Cedric the Entertainer are among the comedians lined up to roast Hugh Hefner at the New York Friars Club's annual Celebrity Roast.

Jimmy Kimmel will be the host of the star-studded black-tie event, set for Sept. 29 at the New York Hilton Hotel. Other celebrities expected to sit on the dais, but not skewer the 75-year-old Playboy magazine founder, are Vincent Pastore, Marisa Tomei and Donald Trump.

A one-hour edited version of Hefner's roast is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Nov. 4 on Comedy Central.

Rob Reiner was roasted last year. Previous honorees include Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson, Sid Caesar, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Lewis, Chevy Chase, Richard Pryor, Lucille Ball and Milton Berle.

Joplin's Porsche drawing crowds to museum

A 1965 Porsche that belonged to Janis Joplin is drawing crowds to the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The red 356 Cabriolet is splashed with psychedelic butterflies and flowers, a God's eye symbol on the hood and a sun face with Joplin's Capricorn birth sign.

"The Porsche is an eye-popping, traffic-stopping, original hippie-mobile," said museum director Dick Messer said. "It embodies all that she was and all that she wanted to be."

After Joplin's 1970 death, the Porsche was kept and driven until 1977 by her manager, Albert Grossman. It was then obtained by the singer's sister and brother, Laura and Michael Joplin, who decided in 1993 to restore it to its original far-out glory.

Joplin's Porsche is the latest edition to the museum's Cars and Guitars of Rock 'n' Roll exhibit on display until Jan. 28.

Kemp drops suit against Reebok

Basketball star Shawn Kemp has agreed to drop a $4.1 million lawsuit he filed against Reebok for terminating his endorsement contract, the company said.

Reebok spokeswoman Denise Kaigler said Monday that Kemp, a forward with the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, dropped all of the claims in his lawsuit and also agreed to pay Reebok an undisclosed amount to settle a countersuit filed by the company. In its suit, the Canton, Mass.-based sneaker maker claimed Kemp owed it about $1 million in advance royalties.

The agreement was reached about two hours after a jury in U.S. District Court in Boston began deliberating the case.

Kemp's personal lawyer, Scott Boatman, would not discuss terms of the agreement. "He is certainly happy that this is settled and he can focus on the start of the season, which is less than a month away," Boatman said.

Kemp, who had a 5-year, $11.2 million contract to endorse Reebok sneakers and other products, sued the company last September after his contract was canceled two years early.

Reebok said he violated the terms of his contract when he made disparaging remarks to the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, saying that today's sneakers are "throwaways" and that his all-time favorite pair was made by Nike, Reebok's archrival.

Kemp told the jury he was speaking about sneakers in general and not specifically Reeboks when he complained that all modern sneakers rip easily.

"I signed a contract, but not to lie for them," he said. "Telling the truth is not disparaging."

Former senator Kerrey is father again at 58

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey is a dad for the third time.

Kerrey, 58, said his wife, Sarah Paley, gave birth to a son Monday in New York City, where he has been president of New School University since January. The boy, named Henry, weighed 8 1/2 pounds.

"He's got all his body parts and mom and dad are happy and we're all going to celebrate," Kerrey told the Omaha World-Herald.

It is the couple's first child together. Kerrey has two adult children from his first marriage.

Kerrey and Paley, a former writer for NBC's "Saturday Night Live," were married in February.

Kerrey served as Nebraska's governor from 1983 to 1987 and in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2001.

-- From wire reports

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