Births, deaths and marriages

April 27, 2004

Births, deaths and marriages

Soon-to-be bride? Anna Kournikova
Kournikova’s granny reveals Anna and Enrique will marry soon
Anna Kournikova‘s 68-year-old grandmother says the tennis star will marry Enrique Iglesias “soon”. Anna?s granny was recently introduced to the young crooner by her granddaughter while he was in Moscow for a concert. In reports from England?s Sunday Mirror Granny Kournikova has given the pair her blessing. The tennis player’s grandmother, also called Anna Kournikova, said: “We’ll hear wedding bells soon. Enrique is a good match for Anna. I found him a very charming boy.” “My husband and I were worried about his visit because he’s such a star and so famous that we didn’t quite know how to behave towards him,” she added. Even though the visit went swimmingly it appears this may be wishful thinking by Granny K if Enrique gets his way!

Not according to Enrique
Enrique tells Russian press ? no hurry to marry Kournikova
But in reports from Russian newspapers, Enrique stated he may never marry Anna Kournikova because marriage is just a formality. “In the near future, I want to dedicate all my free time to Anna, but whether we marry or not makes no difference to me,” he told Russian daily newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets while in Moscow performing. The 28-year-old singer, staying at Moscow’s Metropol hotel with Kourn?kova, added that he could imagine having children out of wedlock. ?We can have kids without being married,” Iglesias added. “Kids grow up whether their parents are officially married or not. The only important thing is that the kids are wanted and loved.” Oweee wonder what the future bride thinks of Enrique?s views on marriage and kids?

Lucy Liu newly engaged
Charles Angels star to wed
Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu has revealed plans to wed her boyfriend of ten months, playwright Zach Helm. Introduced by a mutual friend in June last year, 34-year-old Lucy and Zach, 28, immediately hit it off. And apparently, they have so much in common, they’ve even come to a complete agreement on the type of wedding they’ll have. “Neither of us are into big, showy events and we talked about a quiet marriage, somewhere with just a few close friends and family and no big deal,” she said. “I know that when you’re involved with Hollywood it’s almost expected that you will put on a big extravaganza or do something outrageous, but I’m not like that.” Lucy, who most recently played an underworld assassin in Kill Bill, is instead planning “quiet” nuptials, more in line with her off-screen personality than her famously in-your-face film characters. “Marriage is a special, private moment, a commitment,” she says, “and it should be a very emotional time, not another movie set.”

Mother of two, Cate Blanchett
It?s raining baby boys
Aussie star Cate Blanchett gave birth to her second son last Friday. ?Roman Robert was born in London to the 34-year-old actor and husband screenwriter Andrew Upton. They also have a two year old son, Dashiell John. Also born over the weekend was a baby son for pop singer Sophie Ellis Bextor and partner Richard Jones. The 25-year-old was diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia and underwent a Caesarean section. Sonny was born at only 28 weeks, and will have to remain in hospital for the next few weeks. A spokesman for the singer says both mother and baby were ?doing well?.

Cosmetic Icon Estee Lauder
Beauty queen dies
And finally, this weekend saw the sad passing of Estee Lauder. This cosmetics icon developed a $5 billion a year empire out of face creams and bath oils and was once quoted as saying, “There are no homely women, only careless women”. She died of cardiopulmonary arrest in her home on Saturday aged 97.

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