March 31, 2003 12:00 PM

Russell Crowe seems to be putting his wild times behind him. Lying low, the Oscar-winning actor has been spending quality time with his fiancée, actress-musician Danielle Spencer, 32, and preparing for their wedding on April7—the day he turns 39. For the ceremony, Crowe is renovating a chapel on his 560-acre ranch in Nana Glen, Australia, where locals have taken to calling it St. Russell’s Basilica. The chapel isn’t the only place where Crowe is adhering to tradition: When the couple met to go over designs for her dress with Giorgio Armani, the actor wore a blindfold so as not to spoil the wedding-day surprise. Surprise move for a Hollywood bad boy—and a wise one for a prospective husband.

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