By Stephen M. Silverman
January 14, 2003 03:12 PM

EXPLAINED: Jennifer Aniston, 33, broke a toe on her right foot after hitting it on a piece of furniture, her publicist said, revealing why the actress sported a cane at Sunday night’s People’s Choice Awards ceremony in Pasadena. The “Friends” star was named favorite female TV performer.

BORN: Nicoletta Mantovani, 33, the partner of opera star Luciano Pavarotti, 67, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, prematurely on Monday, but only the girl survived, her physician tells the Associated Press. Dr. Luciano Bovicelli, director of Rome’s Gynecological and Obstetrical Clinic at Sant’Orsola Polyclinic, said the daughter is in good condition, considering she weighed only 3.8 lbs. at birth and Mantovani, who is also doing well, was only in her 31st week of pregnancy. Pavarotti, who has been with Mantovani since 1996, has three children from his marriage to Adua Veroni.

ENGAGED: Tony-winning “Aida” and “The Lion King” star Heather Headley, 28, and former New York Jets wide receiver Brian Musso are set to wed, after she accepted his proposal last Wednesday, her record label has announced. The two have been dating for two years. Headley has said in interviews that a large part of Musso’s initial appeal was that he was not involved in show business.

SUSTAINED: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 76, successfully underwent surgery at a London hospital Monday to remove a torn cartilage after she stumbled on some uneven pavement last month, Reuters reports. “The 45-minute operation, which was performed by the Queen’s orthopedic surgeon Mr. Roger Vickers, went very well and Her Majesty is expected to leave hospital tomorrow morning,” says a statement from Buck House.

MAINTAINED: Anna Kournikova, 21, has settled the controversy about a suspected tattoo on her back, reports Reuters. Speaking at the Australian Open, where she had been photographed with a large plaster on her back just above the waistband of her skirt, the Russian tennis pinup said: “I have had chronic back pain and it is a heat patch I have worn for some years. My skirt is a little lower this year which is why you can now see it.”

ENTERTAINED: Nicole Kidman, 35, unveiled her sidewalk star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday, saying she’d “never been so excited to have people walk all over me for the rest of my life.” Her star — the 2,211st on the pavement — is situated outside the Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars. Last week, Steven Spielberg received his star, which is located nearby.

STRAINED: Mike Tyson and his second wife, Monica Turner, were granted a divorce on Monday, reports AP. The former heavyweight boxing champ agreed to pay her $6.5 million from future earnings, and the deal ends a yearlong dispute between the two. Turner, a pediatric resident at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, accused Tyson, 36, of adultery when she filed for divorce in January 2002.

REMAINED: Evan Marriott, 28, dismissed seven lonely losers Monday night on FOX’s “Joe Millionaire.” Still in the running: Alison, 28; Melissa Jo (Mojo), 25; Melissa M. 24; Sarah, 29; and Zora, 29. They all think he’s rich.