NEWS BRIEFS: Ford's $90 Mil Divorce

COMPARED: Despite reports, a lawyer tells the BBC that the $90-million divorce settlement that Harrison Ford, 61, reportedly lavished upon ex-wife Melissa Mathison, 53, after 18 years of marriage (and two children) is not the highest in Hollywood history. That honor goes to Steven Spielberg, who forked over $100 million to wife Amy Irving in 1989. Other big ones: Tom Cruise gave Nicole Kidman $85 million on 2001, Michael Douglas allegedly paid ex-wife Diandra $68 million before his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Bruce Willis is said to have given $70 million to the departing Demi Moore.

VISITED: “Siegfried and Roy”‘s Roy Horn, 59, is making substantial progress in his recovery from his tiger mauling, reports the Las Vegas Sun, relying on the respected German newsweekly Bild. The paper tells of a Christmas visit paid to the recuperating animal trainer by German folk singer Heino and his wife, Hannelore. Heino said: “Roy is in a separate part of the house, where his mother used to live until her death. Roy believes that her soul is protecting him there.” Hannelore tells the publication that Horn wrote her a note, saying: “It is so nice to have you here.”

QUOTED: “I worked construction, running backhoes and excavators. I was a stock boy at the Gap. I worked in a warehouse. I was a waiter. Gradually, I started losing interest in dentistry.” — “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!” star Josh Duhamel, 31, on his early careers options, to New York’s Daily News

SOUGHT: The ex-girlfriend of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has asked for a $30,000-a-month hike in the $5,512-a-month payments she receives from the mogul to raise their 9-year-old son, Justin, reports the New York Post. The mother, fashion stylist Misa Hylton-Brim, cited the $35,000-a-month Combs pays to model Kim Porter to raise her son by him, Christian, 6, in speaking to the paper outside family court in New Rochelle, N.Y. An attorney for Combs declined comment.

DONATED: The late Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Roy Kroc, as provided in her will, has made the largest cash contribution to a social services charity ever: $1.5 billion (with a b) to the Salvation Army, the Wall Street Journal reports. A spokesperson for the Army said the charity was “stunned” by the news of the gift. Joan Kroc, 75, died of inoperable brain cancer on Oct. 12. Roy Kroc had died in 1984.

NAMED: Matthew Perry, 34, “the epitome of a hot Cosmo male,” has been named Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fun Fearless Male for 2004. Editor-in-Chief Kate White described the “Friends” star as “handsome, charming and incredibly talented. Plus, he’s retained his optimism and sense of humor through difficult personal relationships.” Alicia Silverstone, 27, star of the 1995 film “Clueless” and NBC’s “Miss Match,” is the magazine’s Fun Fearless Female of the year, for reportedly being gutsy and talented.

HIRED: Sean Penn, 43, who has knocked the press in the past, has joined their ranks, as the reporter of a two-part series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle based on the actor’s visits to Iraq, reports the Associated Press. The paper’s executive editor Phil Bronstein (still remembered as the ex-husband of Sharon Stone) issued Penn’s press pass. Bronstein said he likes to solicit contributions from readers.

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