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Britney Spears and Jason Alexander

           With the celebrity-watching world sputtering and tweeting over the abrupt ending of Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marital union with Kris Humphries, at least the pair can take heart in knowing they’re not alone when it comes to enduring a brief, humiliating celebrity marriage. 

            Charlie Sheen’s wedding to model Donna Peele in 1996 came as a surprise to many — with him having testified just a few weeks earlier to having spent $53,000 on trysts with Heidi Fleiss’ call girls. Cynics groused that the marriage was all about Sheen trying to clean up his image. He insisted that wasn’t true, but either way, six months later it was over, and he went on to…Well, we all know what he went on to.

            In 2008, Pamela Anderson requested that her Sept. 29-Dec. 13, 2007 marriage to third husband Salomon be annulled in court, citing fraud.  In 2006, she was married to Kid Rock from July 29 to her Nov. 27 divorce filing.  

            Of course there was Britney Spears, with her Jan. 3, 2004, 5:30 a.m. “joke” wedding inLas Vegasto childhood chum Jason Allen Alexander. She reportedly arranged to have it annulled within hours.  By Jan. 4, Alexander was back home inLouisiana, with his grandfather telling reporters he’d “been through a lot” and didn’t have much to say.”

            Then there’s Drew Barrymore. In 1994, she suddenly and surprisingly wedL.A.bar owner Jeremy Thomas. That marriage lasted less than two months.

            And who could forget this one? On Nov. 14, 1998, former “Baywatch” actress Carmen Electra wed rainbow-haired, cross-dressing then-Chicago Bulls basketball star Dennis Rodman at the Chapel of the Flowers in Vegas. The bride wore a black Mark Wong Nark shirt and capris, and black high-heel platform shoes, and the groom wore a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap. After the ceremony, they went to breakfast at the Hard Rock Hotel with friends, and later, Carmen headed back toL.A.to shoot her “HyperionBay” series.

            Two days after the event, Rodman’s agent issued a statement claiming the marriage was “not legal” and that his client had been too intoxicated to know what he was doing. On Nov. 23, Rodman filed for an annulment citing “fraud” and an “unsound mind.”

            Michelle Phillips and the late Dennis Hopper were show business royalty – he, the hot star and director of “Easy Rider” glory, and she the lovely Mamas and the Papas singer — when they married in a surprise Halloween quickie wedding in 1970. But the marriage lasted a mere eight days, with Hopper publicly confessing he was in a fog of drugs and alcohol much of the time. Both survived the embarrassing fiasco well, however, each racking up career and personal successes in following years.

            Producer/former studio chieftain/Hollywood legend Robert Evans hastily wed 32 years younger actress Catherine Oxenberg in 1998 — and the marriage was annulled in nine days.  He explained to Variety, “I forgot it had only been six weeks since I had been hit with a stroke.”

            In 2000, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton surprised the public (as well as Billy Bob’s fiancé, Laura Dern) with an impulsive wedding on theLas Vegasstrip. It lasted a comparatively long time — into 2002 — but there was plenty of embarrassment along the way. They shared intimate oddities about their relationship and gave lots’a public displays of affection, attesting to their wild passion. He said he liked to wear her lingerie under his clothes. They had his ‘n’ hers tattoos and wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks.

            Come to think of it, we were the ones who were embarrassed — not them. 

            From the looks of it, Kim Kardashian isn’t exactly red-faced either, heading off to Australia to promote her clothing line while gossips speculate on her feelings — or lack of feelings — for Humphries and the chances she might get back together with former beau, Reggie Bush.  At least for awhile.

Jon Voight: Sacrifice of New ‘Lone Star’ Series Will Be Missing Grandkids

Jon Voight

Jon Voight’s shopping living quarters in the Dallas area.  He’ll be residing there while shooting is underway on Fox’s forthcoming “Lone Star” series, in which the Oscar-winning actor plays the patriarch of a powerful Texas oil family.

“I don’t really consider myself a Hollywood guy, but I’m very connected to a lot of the work and what goes on in this town, so it’s going to be a bit of a sacrifice not to be here in that sense – but the big sacrifice is, I won’t be so close to my grandchildren and Angie and my son James,” he tells us, referring, of course, to Angelina Jolie and her children with Brad Pitt, and to James Haven.

“It would be wonderful to think they could come down and visit, but I don’t know if they ever will do that.  They get so much press every time they move it becomes impossible,” he adds.  “You’d have to have a place that’s pretty secure.”

We caught up with Voight the other night at Fox’s “Lone Star” reception at the Boudoir at Coco de Ville in West Hollywood.  The smart new show, debuting this fall, is about an incredibly charming, handsome and gifted young con man – James Wolk, who not only pulls it off in the pilot, but is getting likened to George Clooney – who has built two phony lives in two different cities, complete with a wife in one and a girlfriend in the other, while bilking business people of millions.  Now he wants to go legit without losing anything, even as suspicions about him are running ever hotter.

Voight does plan to make visits back to L.A., but he knows he’ll be busy.  He says of the series, “I took a look at it, and then I talked it over with my dearest friends and we decided that it might work out.  I had done ‘24’ and it turned out to be very successful for me — the success was that I enjoyed it.

“Then I met the cast.  It doesn’t come along that often that you meet a group of people you really care for immediately, and I did I came to care about each one of these kids very much,” says Voight.  “Somehow we just all clicked and it was like it was just meant to be.”

How ‘Good Angelina’ Stacks Up Against ‘Bad Angelina’

(In her July 23-opening “Salt,”  Angelina Jolie’s spy character may be good, but may be bad.  In real life, Jolie mastered this duality long ago, as evidenced by the following…)

Originally Published July 2005

Separated at Birth?
Good Angelina vs. Bad Angelina
by Steve Ryfle

Angelina Jolie is a hard one to figure out. Is she a freewheeling free spirit, a hyper-tattooed, oversexed, uninhibited superstar who wears her peccadilloes in plain sight, or a single mother and activist who devotes her free time to the plight of refugees in war-torn countries? Is she a shameless femme fatale, who would swipe an A-list husband away from a fellow actress, or a devoted parent raising her two kids?

The truth is there are two Angelinas, Good Angelina and Bad Angelina. Both were born in 1975, both are Jon Voight’s daughter, and both are big-time tabloid fodder. But while Bad Angelina is giving candid interviews about her sex life, Good Angelina is representin’ for the United Nations around the globe. Will Good eventually triumph over Bad, or will these two contradictory celebrity halves learn to coexist? Here’s how the yin and yang of Jolie measure up.

Good Angelina Bad Angelina
First sightings: Made her movie debut at age five in “Looking to Get Out,” which starred her father. Got serious about acting in her teens, studying with Lee Strasberg, then came her grown-up debut: a supporting role as a robot in “Cyborg II: Glass Shadows” (1993). In 1997, won a Golden Globe for portraying Gov. George Wallace’s wife in a TV flick. First sightings: Maybe it was the tough chick she played in “Hackers,” wearing a little tank top and no bra. Or maybe the druggie, AIDS-stricken model Gia Cavangi in “Gia.” Or the sexy psycho in “Girl, Interrupted.” Whichever it was, we knew this chick was out there.
Defining moment: In August 2005, was awarded honorary Cambodian citizenship for her humanitarian work, including a $3.2 million donation to help save an endangered forest. Her travels to poverty-stricken lands have also earned praise from the likes of Colin Powell. Defining moment: Her three-year (2000-03) marriage to Billy Bob Thornton, 20 years her senior, was a pairing of oddballs. The couple’s peccadilloes (he liked to wear her underwear to the gym, she liked to give explicit interviews about their sexual escapades –and that’s just for starters) were legendary.
Family life: Her 4-year-old son Maddox was adopted from Cambodia, and infant daughter Zahara was recently adopted from Ethiopia. Zahara’s mother, an 18-year-old African woman, has publicly thanked Jolie for giving her kid a better life. Family life: Long-running feud with her “Midnight Cowboy” dad. Is close–way close–with brother Jamie Haven Voight (so close, they’ve had to refute incest rumors). First husband was bad-boy British actor Jonny Lee Miller of “Trainspotting” fame.
Homemaker: She’s chucked the Hollywood scene for a home outside London, where a typical evening revolves around feeding her kids and putting them to bed. Homewrecker: In recent years, she says those quiet evenings at home with the kids were often preceded by lots of casual sex in hotel rooms. Now shacking with Brad Pitt, her “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star and soon-to-be-ex-Mr. Jennifer Aniston.
Mad money: Just the third actress admitted to the $20 million club (following Julia and Cameron) when she starred in the hitman-and-hitwife comedy “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Bad money: Won an Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted,” although many people thought the trophy should’ve gone to Winona Ryder.
Thinkwell: She’s studying Buddhism and hopes to learn Khmer, the Cambodian language. Among the books she’s professed to reading recently are “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” by uber-philosopher Ayn Rand. Inkwell: She’s got at least 10 tattoos, probably a lot more. They reportedly include: a Chinese dragon, tribal designs, the Japanese symbol for “death,” a window, a Tennessee Williams quote, and a Latin proverb (“What nourishes me also destroys me”). She has removed a tat of Billy Bob’s name, tho.
Sensational: She struck out on her own at age 16, and worked as a professional model in London, New York, and Los Angeles, doing fashion stuff and appearing in music videos for Meat Loaf, Lenny Kravitz, the Lemonheads and the Rolling Stones. Skin-sational: Unlike some other A-list actresses, she’s unafraid to bare it all. Gets nasty with Ethan Hawke in “Taking Lives” and Antonio Banderas in “Original Sin.”
Food facts: While shooting the first “Lara Croft” movie in 2000, she cleaned up her diet. Instead of coffee and a smoke for breakfast, she started eating (heavens!) eggs. She cut back on the booze, dumped cow’s milk for soy milk, and for dindins she switched to steamed fish and veggies. Blood pacts: She and Billy Bob showed their mutual affection by writing messages in blood on the walls over their bed, and wearing vials of each other’s blood around their necks. And for her first wedding to the “Trainspotting” guy, she wore a shirt emblazoned with the groom’s name, written in–you guessed it–her own blood.
Quotable: “My role as goodwill ambassador has made my work as a film star relatively dull. I can’t find anything that interests me enough to go back to work. I’m simply not excited about anything. I’m not excited about going to a film set.” Miss Creepy: She collects knives and wanted to be a mortician when she was a kid, but says, “I am probably the least morbid person one can meet. If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do.”