Napa Nuptials for Olson and His Lady
Top Washington lawyer Ted Olson and his fiancee, Lady Booth, tied the knot yesterday in Napa Valley, Calif., starting a happy new chapter in Olson's personal life. "She's a Southern girl," he told us. "She's just a marvelous person."
Olson shot to national fame when he successfully argued the 2000 election case for George W. Bush in the Supreme Court, and was named solicitor general by the grateful president. On Sept. 11, 2001 -- his 61st birthday -- his wife, conservative commentator Barbara Olson, was killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. His personal loss became part of the public narrative of the tragedy, making him perhaps the most famous widower in Washington.
The following year, Olson was introduced to the Louisville native (she's named "Lady" after an aunt) by mutual friends who thought he would hit it off with the 40-something blond tax lawyer. Their first few dates included the Kentucky Derby (both like horse racing) and the Napa Valley charity auction (both like fine wine). Olson popped the question on Oct. 21, 2005, and the couple set the date for exactly one year later at Napa's Meadowood resort.
More than 300 guests attended the midafternoon ceremony on the golf course, including Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, former justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, legal commentators Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova, NPR's Nina Totenberg, legal names such as Robert Bork, Kenneth Starr, David Boise, and Olson's law partner Bill Kilberg. U.S. Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman performed the ceremony, and Wall Street Journal Publisher Gordon Crovitz served as best man.
This is Booth's first marriage and Olson's fourth. The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.
Where Actors Make the Scene While Filming in Washington
On Saturday, a New York-based outfit called On Location Tours will start offering three-hour bus tours of Washington's prominent movie locations. For $32, you'll get to see the actual locales captured in flicks such as "The Exorcist," "St. Elmo's Fire," "Independence Day" and "Forrest Gump" -- which our guide on last week's media tour noted "made the Reflecting Pool famous." (Knew we'd seen it somewhere!)
Okay, so maybe it's more for the tourists. Meanwhile, in the midst of a new golden age for Washington film shoots (coming soon: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal for the CIA thriller "Rendition"), we're thinking of setting up our own Reliable Source tour -- the off-screen history of Hollywood in our fair city. Can you connect the stars to their D.C. downtime haunts?
1. Where George Clooney shot hoops while filming "K Street."
2. Where Jamie Foxx shot hoops while filming "The Kingdom."
3. The neighborhood where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were falsely rumored to be buying a house.
4. The neighborhood where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were falsely rumored to be buying a house.
5. Where Kiefer Sutherland drank while filming "The Sentinel" with Michael Douglas.