But then there's Karen Duffy. The goofball with the God's-gift face had it all - movie roles, MTV gigs, Revlon contracts - when George Clooney asked her to be his date for the Emmys. That night, she got a blinding headache that wouldn't go away.
Months later, she was diagnosed with a rare disease called sarcoidosis. That was five years ago. Now, Duff has written "Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wiseass. After all, Duff is the woman who entered the Ernest Borgnine look-alike contest the same week People magazine declared her one of the world's 50 most beautiful faces. She came in second, behind her date, Chris Farley.
This buoyant babe has always made light of her circumstances. So why should a disease of the central nervous system be different? Witness Duff's take on a doctor she calls "Sawbones": He definitely didn't have the right mojo. So I'd just try to outlive the milk in my refrigerator. I'd hunt in the back of the dairy case for the ones with the longest expiration date. Then I started buying Parmalat, which lasts just about forever. Oddly, I'd just sent Whit the same thing. At another point, Robert De Niro was circling.
On a day she was so physically weak she couldn't attend her sister's wedding, "Weinstein showed up. I'd told my doorman not to let anybody in, but you don't get to be the head of Miramax Films by taking no for an answer.
The disease is now in remission. Despite her plight, Duff has never thrown a pity party for herself. Yet, this truth-teller cannot avoid letting on the level of pain the disease causes and the blows to her self-esteem. It was like I'd lost the playbook to my life. I don't take my illness too seriously. I make fun of it. I deflate it by laughing in its face. The pair played doubles in a romantic Los Angeles wedding ceremony attended by six other couples. After the service, the bridal couple hosted a dinner for 60 guests right on the tennis court in the backyard of Sampras' home in Beverly Hills.
Her curly-headed hubby has been taking it easy since getting bounced in the finals of the U. The couple has been an item for only about a year. The time Grand Slam champion's only other love sets over the years were a brief flirtation with actress Lauren Holly and a six-year relationship with Delaina Mulcahy, a South African-born law student who he met when she was seeing his then-agent, Gavin Forbes.
Wilson plays a devious money manager on the new Fox show about Wall Street brokers, which debuts Nov. The actress says the pep team refused to let her wear the Cowboys' official uniform in "Dr. T and the Women" after it learned she was playing a lesbian. Hudson says a Cowboys' seamstress was fitting her for her costume when the actress mentioned that, though her character was getting married, her maid of honor [played by Liv Tyler] was also her lover.
And they're supposed to represent America? Well, welcome to ! I'd love to know what their cheerleaders are. The Pearl Jam front man and Liebling, who plays with the Seattle band Hovercraft, may be rocky rather than rocking, we hear.
Not that Vedder is lonesome. Word is that among his favorite fans is a certain Elite model. Leaving the club, the star of RodmanTV. A spy says Rodman stiffened when the cops pulled him over - even though he was a pedestrian.