Jewish celebri­ties (and their dates) in the news

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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

Brit­ney Spears: she loves us

Baron Co­hen with golden globe

Francine Lewis out of char­ac­ter

Carly Si­mon: Woody who?

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