The boy who cried divorce

Is the Green-Barrymore split to be believed? Schreiber: Liev him alone! Plus: Cruz crazy about Crowe's magic; Destiny's Child denies breakup.

Published December 18, 2001 5:19PM (EST)

Well, that was fast.

After spending the better part of a year playing games about getting hitched, Drew Barrymore and Tom Green are now apparently getting unhitched.

They were married for five months and weathered any number of storms together: Green's bout with testicular cancer, during which period they paid a memorable visit to the sperm bank; Barrymore's reunion with her mother, for which she credits Green and his family; the immolation of Barrymore's $3 million California home, which they survived thanks to the heroic intervention of Barrymore's dog, Flossie.

Nevertheless, citing "irreconcilable differences," Green has reportedly filed for divorce in Los Angeles Supreme Court. E! Online reports that the couple officially separated just last week.

"Drew is a wonderful woman. I love her very much," Green told the press in a statement. "I wish our marriage could have worked out. I wish her much happiness."

Papers or no papers, it really is hard not to wonder if this is another Greenian hoax ...

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Liev and let live

Pronounce Liev Schreiber's name however you like. Just don't call him "Huggy."

"My first name has always been a real sore point for me," Schreiber told celebrity researcher Baird Jones at the premiere for "Kate and Leopold," in which he stars with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.

His parents were San Francisco hippies, who refused to give him a name for the first four years of his life, he says. "They even put my first name on my birth certificate down as 'Male.' Legally that was my first name: Male Schreiber."

When he turned 4, his folks came up with Liev (though to this day they disagree on where that name came from), but they never actually called him that.

"The only first name I ever knew was Huggy," Schreiber says. "In fact, until I was 17 -- mind you, that is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound, football-playing 17-year-old -- the only name I was called by my parents was Huggy," much to the delight of Schreiber's buddies from the neighborhood.

"It was totally humiliating," he recalls. "I screamed and screamed at them, 'Stop calling me Huggy!' but it was pointless. They just loved that name as much as I hated it."

For his 18th birthday, his parents finally caved and started calling him Liev.

"What a relief that was," Schreiber says, "but now when this gets into print that whole Huggy nightmare is going to start up again."

Oh, now why would you think that ... Huggy?

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Juicy bits

At last someone to blame for breaking up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's marriage: Cameron Crowe. Penelope Cruz says the "Vanilla Sky" director is the one who should "get credit" for her chemistry with Nicole's ex. "What he created on the set was magic from day one," she told "He's the one that made everyone comfortable there and created a good environment for everyone to work well." In other words, don't blame them.

Destiny's Child, destined to be together? The trio insists that reports of its split were greatly exaggerated. "We are very much a group, very much together, and plan to be for many years," the group said in a statement. True, they're going to take a little time to work on their own projects, but "we're going to help and support each other with everything we do," they say. "We're like sisters. We really love and understand each other and have such a great time that we can't even think about breaking up Destiny's Child." I'm sure you're all unspeakably relieved.

Who says Chevy Chase never works on quality projects anymore? According to the New York Post, Chase and "Saturday Night Live" honcho Lorne Michaels are teaming up to bring an updated version of the '60s show "My Three Sons" to your tube. Chase will play the widower dad, but instead of boys, he'll be the paterfamilias for three lovely daughters. I'm guessing they'll have to change the title.

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By Amy Reiter

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