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Lohan admits eating disorder, drug use. Howard Stern's daughter quits nude gig. Plus: Stewart to host Oscars?


Salon Staff
January 5, 2006 7:58PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Lohan fully loaded: In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Lindsay Lohan admits to having struggled with bulimia and drug use. "I was sick," Lohan says of her eating disorder in the interview. "I had people sit me down and say, 'You're going to die if you don't take care of yourself.'" As recently as May, Lohan reveals, she had been making herself vomit to keep her weight down. The 19-year-old actress credits "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels for staging an intervention that scared her straight. Lohan claims to have abandoned her drug experiments and denies having tried cocaine: "I don't want people to think that I've done ... you know what I mean? It's kind of a sore subject." Vanity Fair reports that Lohan's rep later asked to have the drug references deleted from the interview. Page Six, meanwhile, reports that a "bag full of goodies" delivered to Lohan at the Miami hospital where she was recovering from an asthma attack Monday night included a pregnancy test. (E! Online, Page Six)

A Stern warning: Satellite shock jock Howard Stern's daughter Emily reportedly ignored Daddy's advice when she took a part in the Off-Off-Broadway production of "Kabbalah," a religious satire in which cast members appear naked onstage. According to the show's producer, Tuvia Tenenbom, the 22-year-old came back from a meeting with her father visibly shaken: "She said, 'My father basically told me that if I take the role, that his enemies would buy blocks of tickets, throw garbage at my vagina, take nude pictures of me and put them all over the Internet.'" The young Stern had tried to keep her father's identity a secret and quit the show after a couple of Howard fan sites exposed her parentage, prompting Tenenbom to call her a "Jewish-American princess" and her father a "psycho." (N.Y. Daily News)

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Trouble in paradise? Rumors are swirling that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes may be thinking twice about their engagement after a bumpy holiday visit with Holmes' parents. The expectant couple reportedly left the festivities, with Holmes in tears, three days earlier than planned. "My honest opinion is that the wedding's not going to happen," a "friend of the couple" speculates in Life & Style Weekly magazine. "Neither one of them seems as enthusiastic as they once did about marriage." Cruise's reps deny the report. (The Scoop)

This just in: It hasn't yet been confirmed, but the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Jon Stewart has been selected to host this year's Academy Awards. According to the paper, the "Daily Show" host was approached by the Oscar committee just before Christmas, and sealed the deal just a few days before the holiday. He's expected to enlist several "Daily Show" writers to help him prepare for the gig, and to take just a week off from his own show prior to the big night. (Los Angeles Times)

Also:
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are calling off their marriage, again. (Page Six) Who guitarist Pete Townshend believes headphones are to blame for his hearing loss and is warning people to avoid iPod overuse. (BBC News) Marc Anthony is said to have insisted that a passionate kiss be edited out of his wife J.Lo's new fragrance ad. (The Scoop) Former White House chef Walter Scheib denies that he was ousted for serving scallops against the president and first lady's wishes. (N.Y. Daily News) Joaquin Phoenix hosted a screening of his Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line," and sang a few of the Man in Black's songs at California's Folsom Prison on Tuesday. (E! Online)

Turn On:
"Dancing With the Stars" returns tonight with former NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice and professional wrestler Stacy Keibler as early favorites (Fox, 8 p.m. EST). For a little real-estate envy try "Four Kings," a sitcom about a young man who inherits a posh Manhattan apartment from his grandmother and invites three friends to live with him (NBC, 8:30 p.m. EST), followed by a new episode of "My Name Is Earl" (NBC, 9 p.m. EST).

-- Ira Boudway

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