Stephen M. Silverman
January 14, 2002 10:00 AM

ANNOUNCED: “Vanilla Sky” star Penelope Cruz, 27, has told the German edition of InStyle (a sister publication to PEOPLE) that after 10 years of steady work, and a whirlwind past year in which she’s been dating Tom Cruise, 39, “I urgently need a break, a short time-out.” Sure, she’s enjoyed life in the fast lane — “I wouldn’t have had it any other way and I’ve had fun” — but all future movie plans are now on hold for at least 18 months. As for starting a family, the Spanish starlet said, “I simply don’t feel ready for that.”. . . FILED: After 14 years of marriage and a separation since last summer, “Jurassic Park” author Michael Crichton, 59, has filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Anne-Marie Martin, his publicist said in a statement. The rep called the split amicable and added that the couple will share custody of their daughter, Taylor, 12 . . . ILL: Singer Rosemary Clooney, 73, is recovering from an operation at the Mayo Clinic to remove a cancerous lung, NBC News reported. Doctors are said to be pleased with her progress . . . ARRESTED: ’80s rocker Adam Ant (real name: Stuart Goddard), 47, has been charged with possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, said a London police spokesman. “He is also being charged with criminal damage and one charge of actual bodily harm on a man,” said the spokesman, according to Reuters. The charges relate to an alleged incident at a north London pub on Saturday night. A court date is set for Jan. 18 . . . DIED: Longtime presidential adviser CYRUS VANCE, 84, who quit Jimmy Carter’s administration as a means to highlight his fears that the planned hostage-rescue mission in Iran would fail, passed away Saturday from complications of Alzheimer’s. GREGORIO FUENTES, 104, the weather-beaten captain of U.S. novelist Ernest Hemingway’s boat in Cuba and inspiration for the novel “The Old Man and the Sea,” died on Sunday. Besides expertly steering the boat, Fuentes was also expert at mixing drinks. Comedian FRANK SHUSTER, 85, who with his partner Johnny Wayne (he died in 1990) appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 67 times, died Sunday of pneumonia. The team was once nicknamed “The Kings of Canadian Comedy” . . . MARKED: NBC’s “Today” show celebrated its 50 years on the air Monday morning. Funniest line came from Bill Cosby, 64, who, standing in the cold New York air, greeted the crowds outside the studio with the show’s weatherman, Al Roker, 47. Quipped the Cos: “How come the white people get to stay inside?”

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