Names and Faces for August 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sanford: En Vogue

Jenny Sanford is still talking about the affair of her estranged husband, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, this time in Vogue magazine -- and she comes off as classy and even-keeled as ever.

"I think my husband has got some issues that he needs to work on, about happiness and what happiness means," Sanford tells Rebecca Johnson in Vogue's September issue. "You wish it wouldn't come to a crisis like this, but I think when a lot of men get to this midpoint in life, they start asking questions that they probably should have asked a long time ago."

(You may recall her husband's early-summer news conference, at which he admitted he hadn't really been hiking on the Appalachian Trail but had been in Argentina, visiting his mistress.)

But Sanford says she's somewhat sympathetic to her husband's wandering eye: "Everybody would like an escape sometimes. I'd like somebody 5,000 miles away I could e-mail. It's not exclusive to men, but I know that isn't realistic."

The Sanfords are separated. They have four sons, ages 10 through 17.

The Price of Fame

$4.6 million: The price of spending the sweet hereafter above Marilyn Monroe. Quite literally.

That's how much one eBay bidder agreed to fork over for the crypt directly above the actress's remains at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. The eBay listing says the space is being vacated, making room for someone else. And offers the detail that the current occupant is "looking face down on" Monroe, who was laid to rest there in 1962.

According to the listing, several other deceased celebs reside in the surrounding crypts: Natalie Wood, Peggy Lee, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Roy Orbison, Frank Zappa and Rodney Dangerfield, among others.

Baldwin 2012? Not Likely

Fear not, "30 Rock" fans. Alec Baldwin's not going anywhere for now: The actor's rep says he has no plans to challenge Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2012 election.

On CNN's "State of the Union" Monday, John King asked Lieberman about a potential Baldwin campaign. "In the latest issue of Playboy magazine," King said, "Alec Baldwin is quoted as saying, 'Maybe I'll move to Connecticut, I'd love to run against Joe Lieberman, I have no use for him.' . . . Do you want to run against Alec Baldwin?"

Lieberman faltered momentarily ("When you started with the Playboy reference, I'm glad you ended with Alec Baldwin and not one of the centerfolds"), then rallied: "You know, make my day."

But Baldwin's rep tells the Associated Press that the actor has no plans to move to Connecticut or to run. Furthermore, Baldwin wants Lieberman -- an Independent -- to stay in office, the rep says, since there are so few moderate Republicans in the Senate.

End Notes

Spotted: Mary-Louise Parker, up for an Emmy for Showtime's "Weeds," on board a 103 WRNR-FM-sponsored river cruise sailing out of Annapolis Friday night. Parker stopped by the station Saturday and guest-deejayed for 90 minutes, selecting tracks from Tom Waits, Charlie Mars, the Waterboys, R.E.M., Bright Eyes and Johnny Cash, among others.

Quoted: "I was born on Dec. 13, I was 13 when I got my first record deal and my Twitter name is taylorswift13. My first single, 'Tim McGraw,' had a 13-second intro, and every time something good happens, 13 is involved. If I ever get a tattoo it will be '13.' " -- Taylor Swift tells the Daily Mail about her lucky number.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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