FETCHED: Eight letters and a Christmas card that Princess Diana wrote to the late fashion editor Liz Tilberis sold for $47,500 to various bidders at an auction on Wednesday, reports Reuters. The lowest-priced letter went for $4,000, while the highest (a personalized Christmas card with a photo of the late princess’s sons and the two daughters of Fergie) sold for $7,000.
SUED: Chuck Lorre, the creator of TV’s “Grace Under Fire,” has sued the show’s producers in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming he lost millions of dollars in part because of payments made to cast and crew members who were sexually harassed and verbally abused by star Brett Butler, reports Reuters. Butler’s manager, Mark Burg, disputed the allegations against the actress.
QUOTED: “I’m not obsessive, like I have to have the best butt or the best abs, but I like the idea of feeling strong and healthy” — Halle Berry, 36, to PEOPLE, having made the magazine’s yearly list of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” for the seventh time.
BLOSSOMED: Five months ago, Molly Shannon, 38, became engaged to artist Fritz Chesnut, her boyfriend of two years. Now the “Saturday Night Live” alum is pregnant and due in September, says PEOPLE. The couple, who do not wish to be informed of the child’s sex, have decided to postpone their wedding until after the birth.
ENGAGED: Actress Lindsay Sloane (“Bring It On”), 25, is planning a 2004 wedding to talent manager Dar Rollins, 29. The couple have been dating for two years. It will be the first marriage for both.
SEPARATED: Talk-show host Caroline Rhea, 39, and her fiance of four years, Bob Kelty, 40, a fund-raiser for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, have split, reports PEOPLE. The couple, who share homes in L.A. and Manhattan, had never set a date.