And a faint thud was heard ...

Calista Flockhart's recent collapse might be dog-related; Celine Dion vows to save her child's frozen twin; Madonna's minister plans to ply the couple with toilet paper.

By Amy Reiter

Published December 19, 2000 5:08PM (EST)

Let the speculation begin! Or at least continue ...

Calista Flockhart collapsed on the set of "Ally McBeal" in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Wednesday and was whisked away to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for dehydration and exhaustion, setting off a whole new round of rumors about her health and super-skinniness. (Time to heed Courtney Thorne-Smith's chicken-starved warble?)

According to publicist Melissa Kates, the actress made a quick recovery and returned to the set on Friday. "She's fine now. She's back at work," Kates said, attributing the collapse to Robert Downey Jr.-related stress.

"Its just been a tough month," Kates told Reuters. "I think it's been a stressful and emotional time on the set because everybody is concerned about Robert."

But tempting as it may be to blame Calista's collapse on Downey's drug problems, an "insider" has apparently offered the WENN news service a much more intriguing explanation. According to the source, "Calista's home life is under strain because her dog, Webster, doesn't like her boyfriend, Garry Shandling."

And you know how ruff that can be ...

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Frankly, my dear ...

"I never knew him well, but he was the kind of man who didn't interest me, as Gable or as Rhett Butler. Neither of them had a lot of sensitivity."

-- Olivia de Havilland on "Gone With the Wind" costar Clark Gable, in TV Guide.

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Celine's egg-cellent news

Celine Dion's heart will go on ... but not until she rescues the frozen "twin" of her unborn child.

"I surely couldn't live knowing that child is there," she says.

In an interview on Canadian TV on Sunday, Dion revealed that the baby boy she expects to deliver in February, which she and her husband, Rene Angelil, conceived via in-vitro fertilization, has a "twin" embryo frozen in New York, which she hopes to bring to term in a few years.

"I have a twin. It is called a laboratory twin," Dion said, although she expressed some concern as to the freshness of the embryo, which was conceived at the same time as the baby she is now carrying -- although it is not an identical twin. "I do not know if it is good forever but I think it lasts for a very long time. I will go get it, that's for sure. I told my mother."

And now she's told the rest of us, too.

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Geller to woman: IOU a new IUD?

"This is the second most bizarre thing ever to happen to me. The first was when I was sued by a woman who claimed that she became pregnant because she watched me on television and I bent her contraceptive coil."

-- Psychic spoon bender Uri Geller, reacting to news that the solid gold, jewel-encrusted chain of office of the Lord Mayor of Liverpool buckled "beyond all recognition" shortly after the two men shook hands, in the London Daily Telegraph.

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Hey, who invited Mr. Whipple?

Try to resist the crappy metaphors about flushing your life away ... because that's apparently not at all what Susan Brown, the minister who will marry Madonna and Guy Ritchie, hopes to conjure with the special gift she intends to give couple: two rolls of terlet paper.

I shit you not.

According to the BBC, the Scottish minister gives two rolls of booty wipe to each couple she marries as part of the ceremony. She likes the symbolism.

"The toilet roll is long and strong, which is what I hope their marriage will be," Brown explained.

And don't think the couples aren't grateful. "Just the other day I was talking to the mother of a bride I married some time ago," the minister shared, "and she told me her daughter still has her toilet rolls."

You may now kiss the bride ... and squeeze the Charmin?

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