Chris Buckley's Child-Support Saga Continues
Hectic year for Chris Buckley: new book tour, his father's estate to settle and another round in court for his contentious child-support case.
The married D.C. author fathered an out-of-wedlock son with his former publicist, Irina Woelfle. Five years ago, he agreed to pay $3,000 a month in support but have no contact with Jonathan, now 8. His father, William F. Buckley Jr., died in February, leaving millions in his will to his only son and two legitimate grandchildren -- but specifically excluding Jonathan from any share of the estate, the Hartford Courant reports.
Woelfle, now living in Florida, filed a lawsuit in April requesting more money for the child and for Buckley to spend time with him. Her lawyer, Christy Hertz, said the case in Miami-Dade County Court was prompted by Buckley's increased personal income and has nothing to do with his inheritance, calling the timing "a coincidence."
Buckley, 56, would not comment but posted this response Sunday on Tina Brown's new Web site, the Daily Beast: "Since the matter involves a legal case, I am enjoined, despite fingers that truly itch to fire back -- oh, how they itch -- from climbing into this mud pit. . . . Meanwhile, don't believe everything you read, even in exemplars of journalism."
His lawyer has moved to have the case dismissed; Hertz told us yesterday that both parties are "actively engaging" in settlement talks.
The White House Was the Pink House
Wondering about that rosy glow on Pennsylvania Avenue last night? In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Laura Bush turned the White House pink for four hours. Two years ago, the first lady presided when the St. Louis arch was flooded with pink light; last night, the north facade was illuminated in pink-- the first time in history (well, that anyone can remember) that the mansion has been awash in any color.
"We're showing our support of breast cancer awareness and research in a historic way," said the first lady, who was wearing a bright pink jacket. She said she picked the pink illumination -- the color of the cause -- for all the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives who struggle with this disease. "May our lights tonight shine as beacons around the world, a signal of the United States' commitment to saving lives for breast cancer."
Elitists in Her Family Tree? You Betcha!
She's been on the scene for almost six weeks, and we've scrutinized her fascinating kids, her tenure as Wasilla mayor, her red peep-toe pumps, the whole Troopergate thing . . . Is there something we're forgetting?
Duh, yes, of course -- Sarah Palin 's family tree! In all the catching up the media have had to do with McCain 's veep pick, we've completely neglected to give her the genealogical once-over afforded the other major candidates this cycle. To review: Barack Obama and Dick Cheney are ninth cousins once removed; Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are tenth cousins once removed; Fred Thompson 's dad was eighth cousin to Elvis; and Hillary Clinton is distant kin to Madonna and Angelina Jolie.
As for Palin? The folks at Ancestry.com pored over the records and say they found that Joe Six-Pack's champion is . . . tenth cousin to Princess Diana, via a common set of early 17th-century forebears. Also: She's ninth cousin once removed to that blue-blooded Democrat Franklin Delano Ro osevelt.
THIS JUST IN . . .
· Washington is about to get another new arts award, to go along with the KenCen Honors and Twain Prize, etc. -- the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors. The NEA will roll out its first class of honorees in an Oct. 31 concert at the Harman Center: Leontyne Price, Carlisle Floyd, Richard Gaddes and James Levine.
· Nick Nolte escaped a blaze yesterday that caused $1.5 million in damage to his Malibu, Calif., home. Authorities told reporters that the Oscar nominee attempted to put out the electrical fire himself before fleeing.
· David Duchovny has left a rehab center where he was being treated for sex addiction, his lawyer told reporters. Should make an interesting anecdote on his next talk show appearance. People reports that the actor was out and about in N.Y.C. over the weekend with wife T é a Leoni.