Gumbel Divorce Wars
The 26-year marriage of Bryant and June Gumbel is not ending well. June Gumbel announced this week that she is "practically destitute" because her estranged husband, the $5-million-a-year host of CBS's "Early Show," pays her and their two children only $250 a month even though he's living the high life in a $10 million apartment with his girlfriend, Hilary Quinlan. June's attorney has asked a Westchester County Supreme Court judge to make Bryant fork over "emergency relief" of $8,000, pay off her $5,000 credit card bill and restore payments for family therapy. The judge gave Bryant until Tuesday to respond.
But he's already come back with his side of the story. On Thursday, Bryant's attorney, Stanley Arkin, said his client has been quite generous to his wife. "She lives sumptuously, like a princess or a queen, with trainers, hairdressers, various advisers," Arkin told USA Today. "She takes trips all over the world. She has several cars, and in the course of this, in a malicious way, she charged big bundles of jewelry to thumb her nose at him."
Meanwhile, talkmeister Don Imus is taking up June's cause with "Gumbel Aid," a fund-raising campaign for her and the children. Yesterday Imus dispatched several staff members and a camera crew to demonstrate outside the "Early Show" set.
'Entrapment,' Part 2?
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are expecting their very own love child. The newly engaged couple, who still haven't said exactly when they'll wed, confirmed yesterday that the 30-year-old actress is pregnant but didn't say when the baby is due. Britain's Sun tabloid, which first reported the pregnancy, said Zeta-Jones is about three months along and that both she and her intended are thrilled about the baby. It'll be the first child for Zeta-Jones and the second for the 55-year-old Douglas, who has a 20-year-old son from his longtime marriage to Diandra, whom he is divorcing.
No Love Fest
Courtney Love did not react well when a film critic's wife snapped her picture at a party at the Sundance Film Festival, where her movie "Beat" premiered this week. The New York Post says that Hollywood Reporter critic Kirk Honeycutt and his wife had permission from the party's publicist to photograph the singer-actress, but apparently no one told Love. She "went ballistic," an insider told the paper. "Courtney grabbed the camera out of her hand. Kirk grabbed the camera back from her, yelling, 'What the hell are you doing!' " Then music exec Jim Barber, Love's boyfriend, "jumped on Kirk and tried to get the camera back, and someone else tried to pull him off." Things eventually calmed down and apologies were made, and Honeycutt, who'd been planning to review Love's movie, said he would find another writer for the task.
Get ready for the First Movie Critic. President Clinton will chat about his favorite pictures as guest on the syndicated television show "Roger Ebert & the Movies" next weekend, the Hollywood Reporter says . . . Are they or aren't they? MSNBC gossip Jeannette Walls says Donald Trump and his Slovenian stunner, Melania Knauss, have reconciled, but the 26-year-old model says that's news to her . . . "It's very good to shut up sometimes," says famed mime Marcel Marceau of the therapeutic value of his art. His comment came during a speech yesterday at the National Press Club. Marceau can be seen at Ford's Theatre through Feb. 13 . . . Before shooting a scene yesterday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, "West Wing" star Bradley Whitford stopped by the museum's gift shop and picked up a stuffed elephant and some books and T-shirts for his two young children. What a dad!
CAPTION: CBS "Early Show" host Bryant Gumbel: Is talk cheap when divorce is the subject?
CAPTION: Catherine Zeta-Jones: Pregnant with fiance Michael Douglas's child.