December 29, 2003 12:00 PM


1 “It was her idea. We were in rehearsals and she’s like, ‘Maybe we should kiss,’ ” Britney Spears told Diane Sawyer about her open-mouth smooch of the year with Madonna on the Aug. 28 MTV Video Music Awards. “When we actually got onstage…we really did it.”

2 Spoofing the MTV kiss at the Sept. 21 Emmys, cohost Garry Shandling had a breath-mint moment with Everybody Loves Raymond’s Brad Garrett.

3 On the same show, presenter Matthew Perry got frisky with Raymond’s Doris Roberts.


1 “If you ever have an excuse to do something like that, that was it,” Best Actor winner Adrien Brody said of his smokin’ Oscar smooch with Halle Berry. “I took my shot.”

2 Two months later the kiss-happy star reenacted the passion play with Queen Latifah on the MTV Movie Awards.

Made for TV

1 All My Children’s Bianca (Eden Riegel) and Lena (Olga Sosnovska) made history with daytime’s first lesbian kiss on the soap’s April 23 episode.

2 After warbling his best Vienna Boys Choir impersonation, Average Joe John Baumgaertner scored a smooch with the show’s leading lady, Melana Scantlin. (Alas, he got the boot soon after.)

3 They’re often at odds on American Idol, but locking lips with Paula Abdul for an Al spoof “wasn’t torture,” Simon Cowell admitted to PEOPLE. “I said to her afterwards, ‘I think you’d probably be very good in bed.’ She winked.”


1 Belly laugh: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin let the world in on their joyful news when Martin bussed his baby-to-be as the couple exited a Manhattan doctor’s office Dec. 1—four days before eloping in Santa Barbara, Calif.

2 From the Get a Room files: Russian tennis babe Anna Kournikova and Latin crooner Enrique Iglesias have long played coy about their romance, but on a beachside bench in Santa Monica Sept. 14, they left little to the imagination.

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