By People Staff
April 21, 2003 12:00 PM
  • Julia: Not to Worry
  • Friends of Julia Roberts and hubby Danny Moder dismiss breakup rumors

Question: Which two full-lipped actresses brought their closest childhood friends, and not their husbands, as their Oscar dates?

Answer: Jennifer Garner and JULIA ROBERTS. For Garner, the move signaled a split from Scott Foley two weeks later; for Roberts, it signaled…nothing. So say friends of the star, whose Oscar appearance minus her husband of nine months, cameraman DANNY MODER, sparked tabloid talk that the pair are headed for a divorce. “They didn’t look split to me,” says producer Jerry Weintraub, a Roberts pal who saw the Moders at an Oscar-weekend party. “They were holding hands, and they were very affectionate, very close.” Locals in Venice Beach, Calif., where the pair own a $1.2 million bungalow, have spotted them recently dining à deux at Café 50s, sipping soy cappuccinos and strolling through an outdoor art festival. Perusing a selection of African art, says an observer, “they were smiling and seemed happy.”

Change in name only

The O’Donnells—yep, Kelli changed her name—say that everything’s still Rosie

Also dispelling tabloid talk of a split: Rosie O’Donnell and her partner of nearly six years, Kelli Carpenter. The ex-talk show queen is incensed over a “slanderous” recent report in The National Enquirer claiming that Carpenter took off with their 4-month-old daughter Vivienne Rose in tow. “Our family is not over now, and it’s not going to be,” says O’Donnell. In fact, Carpenter recently changed her legal name to Kelli Carpenter O’Donnell. So there.

Chips off the Old Stones

Mick’s daughter Elizabeth dates an older man…

From the “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” file: ELIZABETH JAGGER, 19-year-old offspring of rocker Mick and model Jerry Hall, has reportedly been dating Canadian actor MICHAEL WINCOTT, 44, since late December. After a rumored split in February—”He is a really good friend…[but] he is way too old for me,” the Lancôme model said at the time—she and Wincott were spotted snuggling last month at L.A.’s Chateau Marmont. Papa Mick, no stranger to dating younger women (models especially), is said to be less than thrilled.

…while son James heats things up with Keith Richards’s kid Alexandra

Pals since childhood, Mick’s oldest son, JAMES, 17, and Keith’s youngest daughter, ALEXANDRA, 16, may be testing the romantic waters. Last month the part-time models teamed up for a Tommy Hilfiger ad where, says a source, “sparks were flying.”

Matched Sets

Meg, meet Yanni, says this cupid

The Guinness Book of World Records just listed ORLY HOD—whose fees run up to $100,000—as the world’s priciest matchmaker. Her picks for these singles:

BRITNEY SPEARS: “An older but very strong guy” like Prince Albert or Nicolas Cage.

COLIN FARRELL: “A victoria’s Secret model. No need to have much of a brain or career.”

MEG RYAN: “She needs some music in her life,” namely from Yanni or Rod Stewart.

Sumner of Love

Billionaire CEO Redstone weds a schoolteacher

Tony Bennett sang, famed chef Daniel Boulud catered, and Sylvester Stallone celebrated. And thus on April 6 in Manhattan Viacom CEO SUMNER REDSTONE, 79, wed New York City public school teacher PAULA FORTUNATO, 40. Redstone, whose 2002 divorce from his wife of 50 years, Phyllis, reportedly cost him $1.5 billion, met Fortunato on a blind date two years ago. Not that third graders at PS 158 will miss her: Fortunato has been on indefinite leave since September.