The rumors about the instability of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s marriage never seem to fade, but that doesn’t bother Brown in the least. “We’re together, forever,” he told me at the Grammys, crossing his fingers and tapping them against his heart. “That’s why we got married.” As for Houston, she never misses a chance to publicly express her devotion to him. Upon accepting her Grammy for best female R&B vocal performance, she gushed, “Honey, this one is for you—the original R&B king. I love you.” “What she said to me sent chills through my body, and I’m walking around with this energy that I didn’t have before,” Brown said. “I’m feeling really good about it.”
It’s not just the winners who walked away with something at this year’s Grammys. Each performer and presenter received a $275 Tumi duffel bag stuffed with $5,000 worth of goodies. Presents included a day at Santa Monica’s hot new Aqua Spa, custom-made Nicole shoes, Paul Frank pajamas, a Nokia cell phone and lots of perfume and beauty products, as well as shawls and sweaters. All bags were customized for the celebrities with their sizes and favorite colors. In Will Smith’s they added an Autumn Cashmere bikini top for wife Jada Pinkett Smith, while Ricky Martin’s bag included a shirt with a Latin flair.
There was no lack of goodies to nosh on at the show, either. Rosie O’Donnell requested steamed vegetables and roast chicken in her dressing room, while Kid Rock ordered sushi. The snack that got the biggest raves, though, was the Krispy Kreme doughnuts that Sting asked for. “If you’ve ever had them, then you know what the big deal is,” says match-box20’s Rob Thomas. “I only had a half of one, but my wife had five.”
Roseanne’s hubby, Ben Thomas, surprised her with a 14-carat diamond ring for their fifth anniversary during a Valentine’s Day celebration at their Beverly Hills home. “Honey, remember the ring that you wanted me to have cleaned for you? Well, I must have dropped it in a septic tank,” Thomas said as he presented the sparkler to Roseanne with pals Jennifer Tilly, Kirstie Alley, Tom Snyder and Fabio looking on. “I’ve never been happier in my life,” said Roseanne. Later, Thomas shared the secret of their success: “She likes a lot of attention, but it’s worth giving it to her.”
Fast takes: Harrison Ford, a licensed pilot, recently walked into DC3 Restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport with a stack of books under his arm. Ford’s reading material of choice? Aircraft manuals, to brush up on the finer points of flight rules and regulations….
Elliott Gould stopped by the set of Just Shoot Me to visit good friend George Segal and was talked into a cameo role on a future episode….
Jamie Lee Curtis, who gave up cigarettes 17 years ago, plays a waitress who smokes in the new film Drowning Mona. Director Nick Gomez tells us that Curtis was a real trouper and puffed away. “But,” he adds, “she was turning green the whole time.”
Nancy Perry Graham is on vacation