Redford to the Rescue
Even though the candidate wasn't there, Robert Redford dropped by John Kerry's campaign headquarters in Washington yesterday -- you know, just to say hi and see how things are going.
The Sundance Kid-actor-director-producer-environmentalist met with campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill and deputy campaign manager Steve Elmendorf because he wants to "get more involved with the campaign," spokesperson Allison Dobson told us yesterday. "We're obviously thrilled to have his support, and I think we're trying to see how we can work together."
The White House's New Plumber
Who needs a plumber when you have CBS's John Roberts in the house -- including the White House.
When a toilet in a ladies room at the White House was discovered broken Wednesday afternoon, Roberts, CBS's faithful White House correspondent (and often touted as Dan Rather's successor), rolled up his sleeves and got crackin', much to the delight of several women.
After five minutes of tinkering -- voila! -- it was working again. "I told him he must have been a Boy Scout," grateful KGO radio correspondent Sarah Scott told us, very impressed. (And, come to find out, he was.) "I just wish I had a camera!"
Roberts happily admitted his heroic deed to us yesterday. "Yes, on occasion I do a little maintenance work around the White House to fill out my day," he e-mailed. "I guess all I can say is that I have always been handy around the house . . . my house, friends' houses, so why not the president's house?"
Oh, and he wants to make it clear that his here-I-come-to-save-the-day attitude had nothing to do with his current campaign to become president of the White House Correspondents' Association. "Just a stunning coincidence," he added.
Talk about being heir to the throne!
Lovebirds and Freebirds
Spring certainly is a busy time of year: We've got engagements, possible weddings and finalized divorces.
NBC's "The West Wing" and Emmy-winning star Allison Janney, 44, plans to tie the knot with her beau of two years, fellow (and younger) actor, Richard Jenik, 36. And Janney isn't the only actress marrying a younger man. (No, this has nothing to do with Ashton and Demi.) Mira Sorvino, 36, is engaged to 22-year-old aspiring actor Chris Backus, who, according to Mira's pop, actor Paul Sorvino, is "a terrific guy."
Then Us Weekly is speculating about whether Anna Kournikova -- who has been known to marry secretly in the past -- has swapped I-do's with pop-star boyfriend Enrique Iglesias. The tennis player, better known for her looks than her forehand, has been sporting a very large pink diamond as of late. And apparently Iglesias told a passerby in Miami: "We were married five weeks ago." But per usual, reps for the lovebirds had no comment.
And last, but not least: Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley. Their divorce lasted longer than their marriage, but the ties between the two have finally been legally severed. The duo were married for less than four months, while the divorce took about a year and a half.
Noted . . .
Even though the Bee Gees were honored yesterday by Prince Charles, it was "bittersweet," said Barry Gibb. Barry and Robin Gibb were made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire, but it wasn't the same without the third Bee Gee, Maurice, who died suddenly last year. Maurice's son, Adam, accepted the award on behalf of his father. And with that, Barry said goodbye to a legacy. Without Maurice the Bee Gees no longer exist, he said: "We are not the Bee Gees now, in respect for Mo."
. . . and Quoted
"I always hate to say never to anything, but I will never marry again."
-- Actress Halle Berry, dashing hopes of men everywhere, on the "Oprah Winfrey Show."
-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder
from staff and wire reports