By Stephen M. Silverman
May 03, 2002 02:59 PM

RECEIVED: Hugh Jackman, 33, named one of PEOPLE’s “The 50 Most Beautiful People” in its latest issue, was personally presented his copy of the magazine Thursday by PEOPLE.com. Jackman had just completed taking a curtain call in a workshop production of the Broadway-bound musical “The Boy from Oz,” about the late Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen (“I Go to Rio”). Seeing himself in the magazine — on page 89 — Jackman smiled, blushed, then said, “Thanks, mate” . . .GRANTED: “Hannibal” star Anthony Hopkins, 66, and his wife of 27 years, Jennifer, 57, were provisionally granted a divorce by London’s High Court Friday on the uncontested grounds that they had lived separately for more than two years, reports Reuters. The two were married in 1973 after Hopkins left his first wife (of four years), Petronella Barker, with whom he has a daughter . . . HOSPITALIZED: Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, 89, widow of Lyndon Johnson (who served from 1963-69, succeeding John F. Kennedy), was rushed to a hospital in Austin, Texas, Thursday afternoon. “She had a small stroke and is in good spirits,” Liz Carpenter, Johnson’s former press secretary and a longtime friend, told the Dallas Morning News in Friday’s online editions . . . PLANNED: A Danish dance troupe led by former international star Peter Schaufuss has plans to open a ballet called “Diana — The Princess,” on Sept. 14 in the Danish city of Aarhus, 125 miles northwest of Copenhagen, reports the Associated Press. The piece will then tour the Scandinavian country . . . ASSURED: Pamela Anderson, 34, wants to let the world know that she’s surviving with hepatitis C, the disease which she admitted to having in March. (She claims to have contacted the liver disease by sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband, Tommy Lee, who denies ever having the disease.).”I have people coming out of the deli hugging me because they think I’m dying,” Anderson tells Jane magazine. “I tell them, ‘I’m not dying. I’m fine. But if you wanna give me a free sandwich, go ahead!'”

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