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Enough With the Celebrity Splits, Here’s a Valentine’s Day Look at Love Among the Stars

Jay-Z and Beyonce WENN.com photo

Recent months have been hell for stories of celebrity splits, from Heidi and Seal to Katy and Russell, Demi and Ashton to Johnny and Vanessa and more.  But today being Valentine’s Day, let us take a moment to shine some light on love in the celebrity leagues — where the gestures are grander, the gifts are more lavish, and imaginations can soar unfettered by bank balance considerations.

 Jennifer Aniston’s vast legions of fans, who’ve suffered with America’s Sweetheart through the Brad Pitt split and painful John Mayer period, can take heart in her declaration that she is now in a “joyful and peaceful place” with Justin Theroux.  If our Jen can find a good man at last, darn it, then there’s hope for all the lovelorn.  Last year, she gifted her hunky beau with a $12,000 jacket that had been worn by James Dean.

Who doesn’t feel heart-warmed by new Mom & Dad Beyonce and Jay-Z, whose investments in expressions of love perhaps outstrip the GNP of a small country by now.  A few examples:  When Beyonce turned 23, Jay-Z blew a half million dollars on a huge hip hop party, complete with live mermaids (okay, they weren’t really mermaids, but not because he couldn’t afford real mermaids!) and an ice sculpture that read “Beautiful B.”  For her 25th, he not only gave his lady a big party in New York, the hip hop mogul reportedly spent $1 million to buy her a 1959 Rolls Royce convertible.  In 2010, she bought him a Bugatti Grand Sport, for a reported $2 million.  His new gigantic sapphire pinky ring, worth an estimated $500,000, is believed to be Beyonce’s gift of thanks to Jay-Z for being such a good daddy to baby Blue Ivy, who is four weeks and three days old today (2/14).  In a related story, Blue Ivy is said to already have more than $1.5 million worth of toys, in addition to her trademarked name and hit record release.  (Jay-Z’s “Glory” included her first sounds, making Blue Ivy the youngest artist ever on the Billboard charts.)

Romantic might not be the first word that leaps to mind when you think of fried-sounding heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and his potty-mouthed rock matriarch cum talk and reality show queen, Sharon.  But the couple has been wed 30 years this year. They’ve made it through drug and illness nightmares that could have rendered asunder a less devoted pair.  That’s plenty romantic enough.  And how about this?  Ozzy buys pearls for Sharon on Valentine’s Day every year.  She tells the story of how he was performing in Japan the first year they were a couple, and he went into a shop and bought her a strand of pearls there – despite the fact they had no money at the time.  The bill arrived three weeks later, as she related in a U.K. Rate the Music interview, and “I’m like, ‘Oh Ozzy, we’re going to have to work for like six months to pay off this bill!’   So, it’s now become a tradition — pearls.”

Speaking of odd, Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels still strike folks as the unlikeliest of couples – the loud and often grating comic and the genteel Oscar-winning actress and musical star.  They weren’t supposed to last but it’s been 35 years this year since they became husband and wife, and they say they’re a testimony to the power of laughter.  Ingels also knows the power of a spectacular gesture – having pulled such shenanigans as having a mariachi band performing out on their lawn for one of their anniversaries.  He also once purchased an entire candy store in Beverly Hills as a gift for “Shirl,” who happened to like a particular type of candy sold there.  Sweet!

Of course, it doesn’t always have to be about money.   “Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna told us his favorite romantic moment “was in 1975.  My love Arlene and I were touring with a play in Europe.  We were like hippies, without much money in our pockets.  We went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower on October 3 and did a kind of personal marriage thing.  We had to go back to Chicago to make it legal, but it’s that October 3 date we celebrate, that we consider our anniversary date.  Even more romantic was a date that came 25 years later — on October 3.  We were with our two daughters and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and recited our vows again.  What made it more special was that our daughter Mia, who was about 14 at the time, was wearing the same blue jean jacket Arlene had worn that first time.”

And  then there’s Julie Benz of “Dexter” and Charlie Sheen’s upcoming “Anger Management” series.  She recalls, “In fifth grade, Peter Esselman wrote me a letter that said he would love me even if all my hair fell out and I regurgitated all over myself.  And he drew a picture of me with no hair, regurgitating on myself.   That’s love.”

Marty Ingels’ Plastic Christmas

Marty Ingels sent us this.   Speaks for itself:

Shirley Jones and her loquacious character of a husband, Marty Ingels

“It’s beginning to look

a lot like Christmas”

(Marty Ingels Version)

 

It’s beginning to be a plastic Christmas

 As the snow begins;

It’s expensive and very hard to lean on your credit card

And wait till all the scary bills come in.

But it’s critical that you give on Christmas,

Make the season last;

And you gotta be Santa Claus to everyone else because

They’ll promise you the Ghost of Christmas Past.

* * *

There’s stuff for Dotty & Billy & Martin & Millie

And everyone workin’ at Sid’s;

There’s Lois & Winnie & Mrs. McKinney;

The Cohens, The Franks and the Quids…

– AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF EM’S GOT KIDS !!!!!!!

* * *

So I celebrate all my Loves at Christmas –

( Thirty Three, I fear; )

And I know as I shop the mall, I’ll be paying for it all

Till it snows next year.

 

Heidi-Lauren Reconciliation? Don’t Believe It Says Spencer’s Sis

Stephanie Pratt

Stephanie Pratt

“The Hills” star Lauren Conrad, who’s had an infamous ongoing feud with former friend Heidi Montag and her now-husband Spencer Pratt, was pictured in US Weekly attending their wedding, but…Spencer’s sister Stephanie tells us there’s still no reconciliation.

“At the beginning of this season, I was trying to take Heidi places with us and it took a toll on my friendship with Lauren.  She was like, ‘Stephanie, I don’t want to be friends with her.’  I think it’s all over, though.  I think they just know they can’t be friends,” says Pratt, who also stars on the MTV reality show, which is heading towards its May 31 finale.

At least some good came out of the wedding.  Stephanie, who caught the wrath of Spencer for being friends with Lauren, tells us their sibling relationship has definitely improved.  “Last season was awful for me.  I was crying all the time because Spencer was being mean to me and Heidi wasn’t talking to me, because she always does what Spencer does.  But Spencer’s been super nice to me ever since he’s gotten married.  I think now that they’re very secure in their relationship, they’ve both been really happy and nice to everyone.”

For now, the cast is regrouping since Lauren announced she would not be returning to the show.  “She has a boyfriend, she has a great life, and she wants to keep it private.  It was a little shocking she decided to leave, but she’s been on TV for six years.  I think it’s definitely going to change the show a lot.  She was kind of like our voice of reason.  I feel like it’s going to be really chaotic now,” claims Pratt, who can next be seen hosting the MTV Movie Awards pre-show along with Lo Bosworth.  The Awards are set for May 31.

“We’ll be doing live hits.  I really want to meet the cast of ‘Twilight.’  I’m a big fan of the books.  It was a good escape when things were going bad on the show.”

FAMILY AFFAIR: With Shaun Cassidy writing and producing the upcoming ABC Family Channel show “Ruby and the Rockits” – starring David and Patrick Cassidy as former teen idols and Alexa Vega as David’s daughter – can Cassidy matriarch Shirley Jones be far behind?  “The plan is to write Shirley in as Grandma,” according to Jones’ husband Marty Ingels.  He tells us that the July 21-debuting show is well stocked with Cassidy family members behind the scenes as well as in front of the cameras.  There’s Shaun, of course.  “He has one project after another,” Marty says.  “Walt Disney’s old office is his office…All of Shirley’s children are successful.

“Ryan is doing the sets.  Shaun’s daughter Caitlin is doing the makeup.  Don’t talk to me, I’m invisible,” he adds.  “How can you not write in the old Jewish guy in the other room?  They don’t like me.”

Long-standing family friction aside, Marty says the half-hour show is “hysterical. David Cassidy is back with his hair thinning.  Patrick has a used car agency.”

Meanwhile, Shirley is looking forward to a string of concert dates with Florence Henderson.  Yes, “The Partridge Family” and “The Brady Bunch” mothers onstage together for the first time.  “At first Shirley wasn’t terribly excited, but it’s interesting, the two of them together, buddies singing and taking shots at each other.  These kind of theme concerts are doing very well.  They open in November in Indianapolis .”

SEIZING THE DAYS:  “Southland” actor Kevin Alejandro is certainly making the most of his hiatus from the NBC cop drama.  After wrapping production on the show, “My wife and I went to Hawaii for 7, 8 days,” he says.  Then he left for Atlanta , where he’s been shooting a guest star part on Lifetime’s forthcoming “Drop Dead Diva.” And once he’s done with that, “on the 28th, we’re going to Costa Rica for 10 days, surfing with friends.”  He’ll also be working out and pampering himself.  “I want to be in the best shape I can be before starting shooting again.  This is my break and it’s time to do it,” he says.  “Southland” goes back before the cameras in mid-July.

HAIR TODAY: Casting forces have been interviewing hairstylists to fill the post of assistant to a celebrity hairstylist on a forthcoming reality competition/elimination show.  They want someone over-the-top who can add color to the proceedings, and we don’t mean the kind from a bottle.  “Think Tim Gunn to Heidi Klum,” say casting notices.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster