A new book on Ronald Reagan…Another step in the Windsors’ film…Nicole’s jitters…divorce in Brunei.

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You may find it hard to swallow but Nicole Kidman claims that she has low self-esteem. She says she is so insecure as an actress (she says actor. I never will. To me, an actor is a male thespian and Nicole certainly is not that) that she tries to persuade directors to choose other people for her roles. "It’s weird because every time I start a film, I think I can’t act. I’ve tried to pull out of almost every one I’ve ever done because of sheer terror. I can always come up with a list of actresses (I thought she called them actors) who I think would be better and try to convince the director to cast someone else by showing them the list."

Nicole says that her mother has often told her to quit acting because she thinks her nature is too fragile. She remarks that she probably will one day but right now it’s the only way she has of expressing her feelings. Only way? What has she been doing with all those men?

News from London: Prince Harry will play the part of Conrade in Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" at his Eton dormitory Manor House. Conrade, of course, is the character who spends a lot of time drinking with his friends and Harry is the 18-year-old prince who was once famously barred from drinking with his chums in the local pubs. The word around campus is that Harry is "awesome" in the part. Hold the typecasting jokes and pass the tea and scones.

Stop me if you’ve heard this — the Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men in the world whose fortune is estimated to be in the range of $12 billion, is getting a divorce from his second wife, HRH Pengiran Ifteri Hajah Mariam, after 21 years of marriage. Mariam will not only lose her title, but portraits of her all over the land are being stripped from walls. The reason for the breakdown of the marriage is still a mystery but the sultan has 100 days to change his mind without requiring new marriage vows. Their romance began when the couple met while Mariam, a 26-year-old Bruneian/Japanese/English beauty, was a stewardess on Royal Brunei Airlines and the sultan was already married to his cousin. Which is not a problem, really, because under Brunei’s Islamic law, the sultan is able to have more than one wife and simply oodles of girlfriends.
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