People And Places

PEOPLE AND PLACES

February 21, 2005

Writers Guild prizes go to `Sunshine,' `Sideways'

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind won the best original screenplay award for Charlie Kaufman Saturday night at the 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards. Best adapted screenplay went to Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for Sideways.

Other winners, for TV, included long-form adapted writing to Tony Kushner for Angels in America; episodic drama to "The Supremes" on West Wing; episodic comedy to "Pier Pressure" on Arrested Development and "Ida's Boyfriend" on Malcolm in the Middle; and daytime serial, The Guiding Light.

It's Patty

Now we know. It was Marge Simpson's sister, Patty Bouvier, who came out of the closet in a much-anticipated episode of the Fox hit The Simpsons last night. A parental advisory proceeded the show's broadcast.

In an episode titled "There's Something About Marrying," Homer Simpson - seeking to capitalize when his town of Springfield legalized same-sex marriage to increase tourism - conducted dozens of the ceremonies.

Bookmakers in the United States and England were taking bets as to which character would be revealed as homosexual. The identity was tightly guarded until the show - now in its 16th season - aired at 8 p.m.

Tylers split

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and his wife of 17 years, Teresa, are separating, the singer announced yesterday.

The couple have two teenage children, Chelsea, 16, and Taj, 13. Tyler, 57, is also the father of model Mia Tyler, 26, from a previous marriage and actress Liv Tyler, 27, from a previous relationship.

Love, The Donald

Donald Trump wrote a congratulatory letter to a group of Charleston, W.Va., teenagers who used the NBC reality show The Apprentice as a model to raise about $23,000 for tsunami victims.

Rabbi Victor Urecki wrote Trump about the project of his B'Nai Jacob Synagogue Youth Discussion Group in which 23 teens formed two mock corporations and competed to raise the most money. The winners were to dine at a nice restaurant while the losers were to get Slurpees. Since only $2 separated the teams, everyone was treated to dinner.

Another Spice-ette

Victoria Beckham, 30 - known as "Posh Spice" when she sang with the Spice Girls - gave birth yesterday to a son. She and her husband, soccer star David Beckham, named him Cruz.

Cruz has two brothers: Brooklyn, 5, and Romeo, 2.

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