I Do, I Do: Scripps and Ex Retie the Knot
Heiress Betty Scripps has remarried husband number two, Jeremy Harvey , after yet another whirlwind courtship. "The sparks started flying again and the next thing we knew, Jeremy asked me to marry him," the bride said yesterday. The million-dollar trustee of the Washington National Opera tied the knot with her ex in Las Vegas on Feb. 16.
Scripps, 80, was married for 46 years to newspaper heir Edward Scripps and inherited a fortune now worth $300 million when he died in 1996. Two years later, she married Harvey, 62, in the Dominican Republic after a month-long engagement. They divorced in 2004 but met for a cozy dinner in January and soon announced a Valentine's Day wedding. The Palm Beach ceremony was called off, then they eloped two days later. "I suppose I got a little nervous, like horses at the starting gate," said Scripps. "I wanted to make sure."
Like any good opera, this romance has high drama, as detailed yesterday in the Charlottesville alt-weekly C-Ville: Between marriages, Harvey was sued by former business associates ("an internal difference," he said yesterday) and left a live-in, reportedly married girlfriend in Charlottesville stunned to discover he was remarrying just days before the ceremony. ("He was single," explained Scripps. )
Ah, but that's all behind them. The wedding took place in the chapel of the Bellagio Hotel. The bride, in white Scaasi and orchids, was given away by her attorney, Ted Killory of WilmerHale. No Elvis, but there was a prenup. "Oh, yes ," said the (once again) Mrs. Scripps Harvey, freshly returned from a honeymoon in Antigua and now in residence in Lyford Cay, Bahamas.
The re-newlyweds will make their Washington debut March 19 at the opera's 50th anniversary gala. Then she'll preside over the Opera Ball on June 9 -- this will be her seventh time chairing the fundraiser; she has donated $1 million each time.
And she predicts a happy ending for her personal soap opera: "I really love him, and I think he really loves me."
Lunch Money for Arnold's Reelection Campaign Kitty
Before flying back to Calee-fornia after the governors' conference, Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by Tysons Corner yesterday to pick up nearly $250,000 at a little fundraising luncheon that Ted Leonsis and wife Lynn threw for him at the Tower Club.
And, yeah, the millionaire movie star could actually use it: He's got a tough reelection fight, and he drained much of his $45 million campaign kitty on failed ballot initiatives last fall.
But all was cheery at the $10,000-a-plate lunch, with guests such as Nats bidder Fred Malek and tech entrepreneur Roger Mody . Maria Shriver , a Georgetown classmate of Ted's, was there along with mom Eunice . Even after a rough patch, the Governator said he still likes the gig: "I used to think being Conan the Barbarian was more rewarding than being a public servant, but it isn't."
This Just In
· Aaron McGruder , who created "The Boondocks" while a University of Maryland student in 1997, is taking a six-month break from the perpetually controversial comic strip.
"Every well needs occasional refreshing," the Columbia native wrote to the 350 papers, including this one, that carry him. (Other noted sabbaticals: Garry Trudeau and "Doonesbury"; Gary Larson and "The Far Side," now retired.) A spokeswoman for the strip's distributor, Universal Press Syndicate, said McGruder is declining interviews, so we don't know if this has anything to do with his Cartoon Network show getting picked up for a second season. He had hired an artist to handle much of the workload.
The last original strip will appear March 26.
Capital Eyes on the Oscars
As a public service, we continue handicapping your Oscar ballot with help from D.C.'s VIPs:
Award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner ("The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg") attended the Oscars last year. "I went to Oprah and Puff Daddy -- whatever you call him -- and said, 'Won't you help with voting rights in D.C.?' Oprah said, 'Call my producer,' and he sort of ignored me."
Kempner thinks "Crash" might squeak out a Best Picture win: "One-quarter of the Oscar voters are SAG members who live in L.A. They voted it for best ensemble, and they have to drive on those freeways. It's the most important film about race that ever came out of Hollywood. But I think Ang Lee will get best director."