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Gwyneth Paltrow is among the actresses poring over those secret files that Scotland Yard just released in London semi-baring on Wallis Warfield Simpson and King Edward VII, who, as the world knows, became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The papers, locked away for 70 years, had several revelations, including details on the affair the svelte Duchess had with a certain Guy Marcus Trundle, a handsome car salesman who danced like Fred Astaire. According to the files, the Duchess was seeing him at the same time she was seeing Edward (whom she called David) and still married to Ernest Simpson.
Gwyneth is keen on starring in the new BBC movie about the Duchess’ life, to be titled simply "The American Woman." Screenwriter Heidi Wallis had been waiting to read the confidential papers so that she could put the finishing touches on the script, which she promises will be a whole new look at the most intriguing love story of the entire last century.
Currently, there is a casting search going on for who will play Edward. Front-runners include "Band of Brothers" star Damian Lewis and Tom Hollander of "Gosford Park." Gentlemen, call in your tailors. If Gwynnie gets the part, she will have to dye her hair black and get skinny, but if Nicole can hang that nose on herself, for La Paltrow, it should be a snap.
Lady Helen Taylor, the Duke and Duchess of Kent’s pretty blond daughter, doesn’t care who knows that the baby she and her husband, Tim Taylor, the London art dealer, are expecting in April will be a girl. You can hardly blame her because she already has two simply adorable boys with the equally adorable given names, Columbus, age 8, and Cassius, age 5. Lady Helen allows that those pregnancies were much easier than the one she’s undergoing now. "One can only hope that because it’s not so easy this time, it’s going to be a girl." What?