Names and faces: Carly Simon, Mark and Jenny Sanford, Seth Green, Stevie Wonder

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

A vain hunt for 'David'

Carly Simon is messing with us -- all over again.

The 64-year-old singer, who for decades has played coy about the subject of her 1972 hit "You're So Vain," seemed to spill the beans in a recent interview with Uncut magazine: "I'm just going to tell you this," Simon told the British music mag. "The answer is on the new version of 'You're So Vain.' There's a little whisper -- and it's the answer to the puzzle."

Indeed, about 2 1/2 minutes into Simon's 2009 re-recording, there's a cryptic whisper that sounds like "Daaaavid." Simon's rep confirms this, saying it's a clue that is also audible when you play the track backward (but really, who does that anymore?).

So: David who? Simon has dismissed David Cassidy and David Bowie in the past, as the New York Post noted Friday. That would leave many others: David Frost or David Crosby. Head over to Click Track, The Post's pop music blog, to cast your "Likeliest David" vote.

As you might have guessed, Simon isn't going to play that game with us. Her rep says she's staying mum, leaving the puzzle unsolved . . . just like always.

Sanford divorce granted

Jenny Sanford will be a single lady soon. A judge in Charleston, S.C., granted the mom of four's request for a divorce Friday, effectively ending her 20-year marriage to Gov. Mark Sanford. The divorce takes effect in mid-March, the Associated Press reports.

Jenny Sanford, 47, attended the hearing without her husband, who will forever be remembered for telling people he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while he was really visiting his mistress in Argentina. After the hearing, Sanford told the AP she's moving on, not celebrating: "The dissolution of a 20-year marriage is not a cause for celebration. . . . It's a sad occasion."

Mark Sanford, 49, is the first sitting governor to divorce in South Carolina. In a statement, he reiterated much of what he said when divorce papers were filed in December: "Jenny is a great person and has been a remarkable wife, mother and First Lady. . . . While our family structure may change, I know that we will both work earnestly to be the best mom and dad we can be to four of the finest boys on earth."

Cancer once more

While the Red Cross's relief efforts continue in Haiti, president Gail McGovern is facing another hurdle: breast cancer.

McGovern, 58, is undergoing treatment for early-stage, non-invasive breast cancer, she announced Friday. Doctors detected the cancer in January; McGovern had successful outpatient surgery in Boston and will undergo four to six weeks of radiation therapy while working full-time in her Washington office. In a statement, McGovern said her prognosis is "excellent" and she expects a full recovery.

This is McGovern's second bout with breast cancer: She was treated for an unrelated case in 2006.

End notes . . .

-- Engaged: Actor Seth Green, 36-year-old star of "Robot Chicken" and the "Austin Powers" movies, to model Clare Grant, 30. Green made the announcement at an event at a Sephora store in Hollywood on Wednesday. His rep confirmed the news to US Weekly.

-- Quoted: "I want you to know, Mrs. Obama, I'm your husband's number one fan. And not just because he's a black man. He's mixed! And I wouldn't really know what that looks like anyway."

-- Stevie Wonder to first lady Michelle Obama at the Kennedy Center on Thursday night, courtesy of Post colleague Chris Richards. Wonder, 59, was performing at a benefit concert for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown.

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


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