In a shocker out of London comes news that Princess Diana wrote a letter to her butler Paul Burrell 10 months before she died in a car accident in Paris, saying she thought there was a plot to have her killed. Diana wrote: This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous ... XXXXXX [the name is blocked out for legal reasons] is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury to make the path clear for Charles to marry." She dated the letter and told Burrell to keep it ... "just in case." Sends chills, doesn't it? (Mirror U.K.)
If it's not one thing, it's another. Ozzy Osbourne has been through the mill healthwise and now he says he has a hereditary disease that causes tremors and forced him to cancel some recent European tour dates. "I swear on my wife and my children's lives that I do not have Parkinson's ... it's just a thing that's been with me throughout my life." Ozzy found the right doc who gave him the right meds and says the tremors have stopped but the side effects included dry mouth -- hence the canceled dates. (NME)
Former President George Herbert Walker Bush talked to Paula Zahn as part of the special "Fly Boys" yesterday on CNN and almost began crying when she asked him about his job reading letters from servicemen home (part of his job was the standard censoring they did to all letters). She asked if he learned a lot about their feelings from reading the letters and he nodded, choked up and said something about it being a long time ago. But as he spoke of his rescue in Japan and the death of his comrades it became clearer than ever that George Sr. saw the real deal when it comes to war. That vacant look in George Jr.'s eyes suddenly made a whole lot more sense.
Angelina Jolie keeps spouting off about her personal life. The latest tidbit has her saying that, since she hasn't had sex in a year she's "starting to really want it" again and would be interested in a casual affair. Has the girl heard of TMI? (Ananova)
Wedding story of the week: Forget Elvis impersonators in Vegas, the latest fad may be nuptials in the notions department. A couple that both work at Wal-Mart met there and decided they'd tie the knot there too! They invited their co-workers and had the ceremony on the lawn in front of the store on Saturday. The cake and rings were purchased at Wal-Mart, but no report on where the bride got her dress. Let's hope it wasn't Target. (Arkansas NBC)
David Blaine's deep, meaningful thoughts after emerging from the plastic box in which he's been suspended from London's Tower Bridge for the last 44 days, consuming nothing but water and enduring taunts and random flung items from strangers: "I've learned more in that little box than I have in years. Nothing makes any sense anyway ... I learned to appreciate all the simple things in life. A smile from a stranger, the sunrise, the sunset, everything that God has given us." (N.Y. Daily News)
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Page Six: Lou Pearlman, the man who created 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, accused by New York State of trying to bilk kids and their parents out of money through model agency scam; Vincent Gallo says he's got it bad for Laura Ingraham: "I'm seriously in love. I'd love to go out with her. Ann Coulter is too scrawny. Laura is so much brighter, and she's beautiful"; Ethan Hawke's new 22-year-old Canadian girlfriend, Jennifer Perzow, denies breaking up Hawke's marriage to Uma Thurman: "The truth is, it's Uma who wanted out of the marriage, not Ethan. He's very much a family guy, and this hasn't been easy for him."
Intelligencer: Speaking of Uma, she says her recent split with Hawke has left her "a dash frozen," adding, "My opening weekend of the No. 1 movie in the country was probably the worst weekend of my life"; Richard Simmons parades around first-class section of plane in tight Lycra shorts singing to passengers, later says, "I get on a plane and help serve the food and water! Throw pretzels! Get people going! Sometimes I do a little chair aerobics. I'm like the court jester of the sky!"; the Olsen twins look at New York colleges, shop for New York apartment; Tara Reid gets new boyfriend, a jet-setting heir who is said to be "her match."
Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Scandal bio veteran Jerry Oppenheimer said to have received more than $500,000 to pen unauthorized bio of Vogue editor Anna Wintour; John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visits military bases in U.S.; private Hamptons beach club the Bathing Corp. denies allegations by golfer Raymond Floyd's daughter that it doesn't let in Jews or African-Americans; Angelina Jolie visits the Central Park Zoo with her 2-year-old son, Maddox; Katie Couric visits Esquire bachelor pad to promote National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.