Rehab redux

"Friend" says Melanie Griffith is back at hospital; Paltrow mad about heiny photo; Rick Rockwell addresses anthrax; Will Smith: King of the bedroom!

Published November 5, 2001 11:06PM (EST)

Is Melanie Griffith back in rehab?

The U.K. Express reports that the squeaky-voiced star has checked herself back into the Daniel Freeman Hospital in Marina Del Rey, Calif., for a "refresher course" on keeping free of her former dependence on painkillers.

"She is determined to remain clean and not slip back into the nightmare world of pills and alcohol," a "close friend" of Griffith told the British tabloid. "But she's been having a desperately hard time. Life's been far from easy."

The friend cites stress and frustration on Griffith's part that she and husband Antonio Banderas have not had success trying to conceive another child. "She's been on fertility drugs for 18 months and nothing's happened," the buddy blabs. "She believes if she and Antonio don't have a son their marriage could be another Hollywood casualty."

The couple's spokesperson would not respond to the tabloid's request for comment, but it's worth noting that Griffith, who's prone to baring all in her online journal, has not mentioned a return to rehab.

Then again, she hasn't mentioned anything since Oct. 5, when she encouraged her readers to "spread the love":

Every morning when I awake, I wonder what is going on with our world. Every night before I sleep I pray that my children will be able to grow up in a world without war, without violence and that they may live in a world of peace. Everyday something else that is atrociously violent happens in almost every part of the world. I believe we must each do our part to propagate love, kindness, sharing, and giving. We must also educate ourselves and more importantly our children. I swear to spend the rest of my life checking my behavior so that all I give out is love and kindness. Please do what you can to spread the love ...
With gratitude,

Xoxoxo to you too, Mel, wherever you are.

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Just turn the other cheek, Gwynnie

"[He] lied to me and said he wasn't going to put my whole bottom in the picture -- and he did."

-- Gwyneth Paltrow on being duped by photographer Patrick Demarchelier into showing her booty in Harper's Bazaar, in Us Weekly.

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He's rich *and* he's classy

If you're like most people, you've found yourself thinking more than a few times in the past few weeks, "I wonder what Rick Rockwell thinks about all this?"

Well, you might not be surprised to learn that the one-time multimillionaire husband of Darva Conger -- thanks to that most memorable flash in the reality TV pan, "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" -- has a thing or two to say about the whole anthrax mess.

And generous as he is, Rockwell offered to share his insights with the rest of us ... in the form of a little poem called "My New Motto":

Anthrax, when detected early, can be treated in 10 days.
Oddly, that's the exact same amount of time that I was directly exposed to Darva Conger.
And, so far, I've learned of no known treatment for the side effects from that.

Rockwell's words of wisdom -- never before published! -- come to us courtesy of Daniel Nester, who declined to publish them on his poetry Web site La Petite Zine, home of the Famous People Haiku Project.

"It's just not poetic," Nester says, "given its comparison with Darva Conger and anthrax."

As Fox might ask, Who Wants to Read Bad Poetry?

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Oops ... awwww

"Most of the time I look in the mirror and think how ugly I look."

-- Britney Spears on her sad self-image, in Glamour.

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In a clinch

Will Smith, the greatest?

Smith, who plays Muhammad Ali in "Ali," an upcoming film about the boxer's life, says buffing up for the role made him quite a contender in the sack.

"Jada was lovin' it," Smith told Premiere of his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, who also stars in "Ali." "'Cause being in great shape -- I mean, I am a sexual machine now. Raring to go every second of the day. I'm human Viagra. I am Will-agra."

Sounds like someone's taking that "sting like a bee" stuff a little too much to heart.

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By Amy Reiter

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