So 2003 will be an exciting year for Claudia Schiffer and her husband, Matthew Vaughn, who produces Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie’s movies. Next month, they are expecting the birth of their first child, a boy, and shortly thereafter Claudia’s career will perk right up. One of the world’s most famous blondes will become brunette to star in the movie, "A Gothic Horror Tale," based on the children’s fable "Snow White." Let’s hope it fares better than Guy and Madonna’s last effort, "Swept Away," another Gothic horror tale Matthew produced.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has a little extra time on her hands these days while waiting for the birth of her second child, a girl. So to keep her hand in, she’s designing a line of baby clothes, adorable togs for the wee ones, which she will call "Zeta" after her new baby. They will hit the market in March, the same time that Zeta-Jones’ baby is due.
At a recent gala in Monte Carlo, Prince Albert of Monaco surprised one and all by bidding on a rather saucy piece of art at an auction. He couldn’t resist raising his paddle for an oversized photograph of a female derriere by British photographer Vicky White, which I guess makes sense — but don’t ask why. Another guy thing? No word on where he’s going to hang his new asset or what his father, Prince Rainier, thinks of his taste, or lack of it.
Vanessa Redgrave, who turns 66 this month, and her old flame Franco Nero are together again. The two, torridly in love in the Sixties (they played Guinevere and Lancelot in the Joshua Logan film version of "Camelot") were never married, but they did have a son together, Carlo, now 33 and a singer, before she went her way and he went his. They’ve started up again once more, even for a short while. They spent Christmas and New Year’s together on Capri, where she received the Capri Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Vanessa says she’s been celibate for some time now, but it’s a whole new year, darling, isn’t it?