Jewish celebrities (and their dates) in the news
Britney Spears has gone Jew crazy ever since she filed for divorce from husband Kevin Federline. In fact, she has been hunting them down (when sober enough to walk in a straight line). At the end of last month, the New York Forward speculated that she was involved with record producer — and South African-born Jew — Jonathan Rotem (sounds like a Jewish version of Jonny Rotten). Less than two weeks later, the British tabloids caught up with the story that Britney was dating a Jewish guy — but by now the name had changed. Rotem was out and American model/actor Isaac Cohen was in (in fact, he is already said to have met Britney’s mum). Watch this space for further developments.
The Baron Cohen household has been busy this week. Son Sacha scooped a Golden Globe for his performance as best actor in a comedy for Borat. Meanwhile, his father Gerald has been focusing on Middle East Peace (see letters on page 36). Back in Los Angeles at the awards ceremony, Baron Cohen the younger tickled the audience with his acceptance speech in which he claimed the movie to have been a life-changing experience. Baron Cohen said: “I saw some amazing, beautiful, invigorating parts of America, but I saw some dark parts of America, an ugly side of America, a side of America that rarely sees the light of day.” He was referring to the, er, nether regions of his co-star, Ken Davitian. Baron Cohen added: “Ken, when I was in that scene and I stared down and saw your two wrinkled golden globes on my chin, I thought to myself, ‘I’d better win a bloody award for this.’”
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon has gone off Woody Allen in a big way — so much so that she has gone to the trouble of writing him out of one of her songs. Love of My Life, written in 1991, used to contain the lines, “I love lilacs and avocados/Ukeleles and fireworks/ And Woody Allens.” On a recent version, Allen’s name has been replaced by that of Mia Farrow, his ex-wife whom he left to marry their adopted daughter, Soon Yi.
Impressionist Francine Lewis is back on our screens this afternoon in a new show called Gina’s Laughing Gear. The Southgateborn comedienne, formerly a regular on The Generation Game, will be doing impressions of, among others, Chantelle, Trinny and Dot Cotton in a new series billed as “ Dead Ringers for teenagers”. It is on BBC1 at 5pm.
Rootsy singer/songwriter Jess Klein celebrates the release of her latest album, City Garden, with a UK tour. The diminutive New Yorker began her string of UK dates on Tuesday at the West End’s Borderline in London. For more info on Jess, go to www.jessklein.com
Britney Spears: she loves us
Baron Cohen with golden globe
Francine Lewis out of character
Carly Simon: Woody who?