People talk 01/03/03

Friday, January 3, 2003

Stiles tries to be 'just another student'

NEW YORK -- When Julia Stiles started classes at Columbia University more than two years ago, she tried to pretend she was just like everyone else, and not an actress with a decade of experience.

"I approached the start of college in utter denial of the fact that I'd been in any movies whatsoever," the 21-year-old writes in an essay for the February issue of YM magazine. "I went to class in my pajamas like everyone else, and insisted to my classmates that I was just another student."

But Stiles said she learned that it didn't matter how she behaved; people were going to have preconceived notions about her, and she just had to be herself.

"One girl in my dorm admitted to me that she'd planned to ignore me before we had even met. She had assumed I'd be a 'glamorous, stuck-up Hollywood girl' (we actually became good friends, which is why she divulged such information)."

Since she's been at Columbia, Stiles has appeared in movies including "State and Main," "Save the Last Dance," "O" and "The Business of Strangers." Her latest, "A Guy Thing," comes out Jan. 17.

Osbournes renew wedding vows

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their wedding vows during a New Year's Eve party at the Beverly Hills Hotel that included hundreds of guests.

The couple got married on July 4, 1982, but delayed their 20th anniversary celebration because of Sharon's battle with colon cancer. They announced their plans in November.

Sharon wore a cream-colored wedding gown and diamond tiara as she was escorted down the aisle by her father, Entertainment Tonight said. The couple's youngest daughter Kelly served as flower girl.

Music was provided by the 1970s group The Village People.

Guests included 'N Sync singer Justin Timberlake and comedian Chris Rock, Entertainment Tonight reported.

"The Osbournes," a lighthearted look at the heavy metal singer, his family and their pets, is in its second season on MTV.

Man refuses to return Redford's credit card

OREM, Utah -- He could have had a nice meal and free ski-lift passes. But a man who tried to get autographed memorabilia for finding Robert Redford's lost credit card got a visit from the cops instead.

Police in Orem, a city close to Redford's home and his Sundance resort, say the man found the card Saturday near a convenience store and called the resort to report it.

But after being offered free ski-lift passes and dinner for two if he would bring the card to the resort, the man reportedly insisted on some signed Redford memorabilia.

When a resort representative responded that Redford "does not do that kind of thing," the man said Redford wouldn't get his card back and hung up, Orem police Lt. Doug Edwards said.

Police then called the man, who refused to give his address and told an officer that he threw Redford's card in a trash bin. Police traced the call and went to the man's apartment, where they recovered the card.

The man did not get the free ski passes, a free dinner or an autograph. But he also didn't get charged with a crime, Edwards said, because he did return the card to officers.

-- From wire reports

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