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Citizen Fox?

He’ll pledge allegiance to our flag so he won’t have to suffer taxes without suffrage

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America—that is, the United States—has been very, very good to him, and now Michael J. Fox is looking to show significant commitment in return. After 20 years here, the Spin City star wants to become an American citizen. A native of Edmonton, Alta., Fox, 38, told a group of journalists in Pasadena that he would like to be able to vote in U.S. elections. “I pay a lot of taxes,” he said, “and I’d like to say where they go, and I’d like to be able to vote on my children’s issues and things that will affect them.” First, though, he’ll have to answer 100 basic questions on the standard citizenship test—including “Who wrote ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’?” Fox, married since 1988 to American actress Tracy Pollan, has three children, all American-born. He plans to stay with Spin City for four more seasons and then devote his time to helping researchers find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a neurological condition from which he suffers. For now, neither the ailment nor his impending change of citizenship has put a crimp in his devotion to one very Canadian activity—playing hockey.

  • De Niro Divorce
  • Consummate actor Robert De Niro has dropped one role he seems to have trouble getting right: real-life husband. On Aug. 2, the star of Raging Bull and Godfather II filed papers to end his two-year union with Grace Hightower, a former airline flight attendant. “In show business you have to work especially hard at your marriage,” says a friend, “and Bobby was just not working hard enough at his marriage to Grace.” This is a sequel; De Niro was married for 12 years to actress Diahnne Abbott, from whom he was divorced in 1988. In the early ’90s, he dated restaurateur Toukie Smith, with whom he has twins. But when De Niro wed Hightower in June 1997, some felt it was his most stable relationship. (The couple have a 16-month-old son.) Others say the tough-guy thespian, who was also linked with Naomi Campbell before his marriage, likes being single. De Niro won’t talk about any of those theories, however. He simply had his publicist announce the divorce action and left it at that.

Stone Support

Sharon Stone—Church Lady? Believe it, says Rev. Cecil Williams, pastor of San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church, a house of worship known for its good works in the city’s tough Tenderloin district. Since her 1998 wedding to newspaperman Phil Bronstein, 48, Stone has become a notable activist among the 8,500-member congregation. “She is passionate about what she does,” Williams says. That includes spending time with local AIDS patients and the disabled, keeping spirits high on the church’s food line, raising more than $150,000 for Glide Memorial’s low-income housing project and, when called upon, taking the pulpit to deliver a sermon this past May. Stone, 41, preached about “how to turn around from being a victim to being a participant in life,” recalls Janice Mirikitani, Williams’s wife. Adds the pastor: “Man, she did a thing up there.”

  • Her Cups Runneth…
  • Posh Spice’s wedding guests weren’t allowed to take pictures, but they managed to get souvenirs anyway: Friends of the happy couple walked off with 75 silver goblets that may have been mistaken for party favors. “It’s a bit embarrassing,” a peeved Posh, née Victoria Adams, told London’s Mirror. “It seems they are quite valuable.” (How valuable, she didn’t say.) The bride, 25, who wed soccer star David Beckham, 24, on July 4, rented the chalices for the pair’s lavish reception at a castle near Dublin, and the caterer very much wants them back. “So if anybody has them, please give them back,” Posh pleaded. “You can keep the velvet napkin rings.”
  • Is There an S.N.E. with That RSVP?
  • “Party of one?” is a question rarely asked when Leonardo DiCaprio and other young stars arrive at a scene. Their posses can include dozens. So what’s a club owner with limited space to do? They’re adding the words Strictly No Entourage to invitations. Sean “Puffy” Combs’s S.N.E. invite to a bash in his honor last month in London got some results. He showed with a group of 25—about 75 fewer then he reportedly brought to a party in October.

Actress, Writer in London Broil

Unlike the people of Minnesota, Londoners won’t have the option of voting for a former pro wrestler. That doesn’t mean, though, that when they choose their first popularly elected mayor next May 4, the slate will be gray. Among the candidates jockeying for the post are two-time Oscar winner (Women in Love, A Touch of Class) Glenda Jackson, 63, a member of Tony Blair’s ruling Labor Party, and bestselling author (Kane and Abel) Jeffrey Archer, 59, a deputy chairman in Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s Conservative Party until he was laid low by a tabloid report of a sex scandal. (He later won a libel judgment against the newspaper.)

The office of mayor, created in a referendum approved by the voters last year, wields clout in budget and planning matters for the 32 boroughs that make up the city of London. The new mayor will coexist alongside the Lord Mayor, an appointed ceremonial position with an 800-year history. Archer says he’d love to make Jackson’s recent stewardship of the troubled London Underground a campaign issue if the two go head-to-head. A potential Labor rival, legislator Ken Livingstone, has, however, much kinder words. “She is,” he says, “the sort of person you wouldn’t mind being washed up on a desert island with”—something you hardly ever hear said about Jesse Ventura.

ON THE BLOCK

MARY POPPIN’S PLACE

How do you solve a problem like a rarely used home? Sell it, say Julie Andrews and her husband, film director Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria, Days of Wine and Roses), who put their Manhattan townhouse on the market because they spend a lot more time at their weekend retreat in Sag Harbor, N.Y., some 89 miles away. The Sound of Music star is not asking for a song, however. The William B. May Real Estate Company lists the four-story building, located on East 62nd Street, at $3.8 million. The price includes four fireplaces and a gourmet kitchen. There is also a greenhouse/dining room and closed-circuit television on every floor. Alas, a singing governess for your children is not included in the asking price.

Rocky VI: Just say no—or yo?

Will Rocky Balboa, punch-drunk from too many sequels, stagger into the ring for yet another punishing bout? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sylvester Stallone, 53, is reviving the boxer for Rocky VI. Veteran Rocky producer Irwin Winkler KOs the story. “It’s news to me,” he says. But an MGM/United Artists exec admits the idea is being swatted around: “There is no contract with Stallone, only discussions.” Confirms an assistant to Stallone’s manager: “It’s in the embryonic stage.” Of course, Rocky V (1990) was a lightweight at the box office. “But with all this eager attention,” says one insider, laughing, “perhaps it is something we should really be doing.”

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