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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Love and Marriage Prove Not to Be Lovelier The Second Time Around

If you didn't get around to sending a wedding present to Betty Scripps and Jeremy Harvey -- don't bother. Their three-month remarriage is already over. So over. Again.

"The marriage did not work out for a variety of reasons," Scripps, a trustee of the Washington National Opera, told us. "I intend to file for divorce as soon as legally possible."

It was just 12 weeks ago that the newspaper heiress, 80, and her second husband, 62, remarried after yet another quick courtship. The two first married in 1998, divorced in 2004, reunited in January and retied the knot Feb. 16 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. They made their first post-honeymoon appearance in Washington at the opera's 50th anniversary gala in March, and returned last month for a dinner honoring diplomats participating in the June 9 Opera Ball, which Scripps will be chairing for the seventh year.

The couple split two weeks ago, around the time the Palm Beach Daily News reported double trouble in paradise. Scripps intends to file for divorce in Virginia-- she owns a home in Charlottesville, as well as one in Lyford Cay, Bahamas, and "Chateau Amorois" in East Hampton. The waiting period for a final decree is six months unless there are special circumstances.

Scripps declined to go into detail about what prompted the split. Harvey said, "I think we just admitted we made a rash decision to remarry; we find that our lives have gone in different directions, and we're are separating amicably." Because they signed a prenup, Scripps (worth about $300 million) and Harvey will each retain the assets they brought into the remarriage. In other words, no big payday for the ex-groom.

"I'm fine. I really am fine," said the once-again Betty Knight Scripps. "I'm just moving on with my life."

A Local Doc Dispenses Some Buy-the-Book Advice

Think you can write a best-selling book? Sure you do -- everyone in Washington writes one sooner or later! Last year, local psychiatrist Gordon Livingston hit the semi-big time, selling 150,000 hardback copies of "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart : Thirty True Things You Need To Know Now." This weekend, he's one the hundreds of scribes in town at BookExpo America with his self-help sequel, "And Never Stop Dancing," and shares five true things would-be authors need to know:

· Keep modest expectations and a sense of humor. "It's like dropping a stone in a very deep well and hoping you hear a sound. You have to write the book because you want to say what you want to say, not to become rich and famous."

· Don't underestimate the power of word of mouth. "I didn't do a national book tour, and I didn't get on Oprah ." But fans of the book told friends.

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