Unbecoming of an Angel

It was bound to happen. As a sexy, leggy, lovable, incredibly wealthy actress, Cameron Diaz quickly became a queen in Hollywood. But now embarrassing footage from back in the day has popped up on the Internet. (Will they never learn?)

Before she was the golden-smile superstar that she is today, she was a 19-year-old model who agreed to star in an S&M flick. Topless. Whips and chains, too. For more than a year, the "Shrek 2" and "Charlie's Angels" star has been fighting the public release of this raunchy footage shot by one John Rutter in 1992 and cleverly titled "She's No Angel: Cameron Diaz." But now, thanks be to the World Wide Web, the film can be yours for the viewing by shelling out $39.95 to a Web site registered in Russia, according to both the New York Post and the New York Daily News.

Nyet! A cease-and-desist letter has already been issued to the Web site, says Diaz's rep, because a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled last year that no one could distribute the steamy video or pics shot by Rutter.

Portrait of an Artist

There's no question that Irish scribe James Joyce had a way with words. Evidently Nora Barnacle thought so, too. While the couple were in separate countries for a month in 1909, Joyce wooed his ladylove by dashing off heartfelt letters. (What else would anyone, much less a writer, do in 1909?)

One particular note of affection was discovered recently, much by happenstance, stuck between the pages of an old book. It included charming phrases that would make any woman's heart go pitter-patter, such as "my darling little blackguard" and "my strange-eyed whore." To his credit, he did end his missive with "heaven forgive my madness, Jim."

Not only did Barnacle become Joyce's wife, but the letter sold to an anonymous buyer at a Sotheby's auction yesterday for $446,200.

Gotta Have Faith

For a man who released an album in May titled "Patience," George Michael certainly is getting testy.

He decided to shut down the entire chat room on his Web site because, well, people weren't singing his praises or telling the 41-year-old former pop star what he wanted to hear. Rather, his fans boldly mentioned that the singer looked old and overweight. (Memo to fans: In the future, this would be a no-no.)

At that, Michael took his ball and went home. He posted a message on the site saying: "There are plenty of places to read people slagging each other off, but I wasn't trying to create one in opening the forum. Those of you that want to carry on the media's work will have to do it somewhere else, I suppose."

His little tirade ended with: "Sorry guys, but that's the way it goes . . . Peace and Love . . . or nothing at all."

Can we say bitter?

Noted . . .

Yoko Ono wants the gay community to know that she's on their side. She has drummed up two new versions of her song "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him." Now there's "Every Man Has a Man Who Loves Him" and "Every Woman Has a Woman Who Loves Her." John Lennon's widow says she feels connected with the community because "I'm an outsider in many ways and I think that's what they tune into." Well, that and her songs, of course.

. . . and Quoted

"It's follicle chauvinism."

-- CNBC's self-professed "follically challenged" host Alan Murray, sounding off about John Kerry's veep choice crack, "It's a thrill for me to have another guy with hair on the road."

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Cameron Diaz is trying to stop a Web site from selling a steamy 1992 film of her. James Joyce, silver-tongued devil. George Michael says chat time is over.