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Will her memoir be coming-out for Rosie?



Published: Fri, February 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Will her memoir becoming-out for Rosie?

NEW YORK -- In Rosie O'Donnell's upcoming memoir, talk TV's Queen of Nice talks about the death of her mother, being gay, her estrangement from her father... . Er, wait a second, rewind on that second item: Is Rosie officially coming out?

It sure looks that way, reports E!Online. In O'Donnell's "Find Me," due out April 23, the comedian talks about her relationships with women and having a girl breaking her heart in college.

O'Donnell's camp hasn't denied the reports. It hasn't confirmed them, either, opting to describe the book as a "personal journey." Her publisher, Warner Books, did not return a call for comment.

For many fans of the comedian, a "yes, I'm gay" statement wouldn't exactly qualify as a revelation. The tabs, of course, have been running stories on Rosie's "gay secret" for years. Even New York magazine got into the act last year, actually chiding her for not being more open about being a lesbian.

Madonna's daughtermakes public appearance

LONDON -- Madonna took the rare step of bringing her daughter, Lourdes, to a public event when she joined other stars to celebrate Tuesday night's opening of an exhibition by fashion photographer Mario Testino.

Five-year-old Lourdes features in at least one of Testino's photos of Madonna.

The mother and daughter mixed with a host of other stars, including Madonna's filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie, at the National Portrait Gallery in London's West End. The exhibit, which runs from Feb. 1 to June 4, brings together more than 120 color and black-and-white pictures by Testino, who was the favorite fashion photographer of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Cruise enters battlefor Scientology rights

BERLIN -- Tom Cruise, a well-known Scientologist, has asked the U.S. ambassador to Germany to seek support for the organization's fight with the German government.

Germany views Scientology as a potential threat to democracy, placing it under scrutiny by domestic intelligence agents in 1997. The church, which claims 8 million members worldwide, has denounced German treatment of its 30,000 adherents, such as banning them from public jobs.

The U.S. government, which has extended Scientology tax-free status as a religion since 1993, has criticized Germany's treatment of the Scientologists.

Embassy spokesman Mark Smith confirmed Wednesday that Cruise, 39, met with Ambassador Dan Coats for about 45 minutes, but he would not say what the two talked about. Cruise was in Berlin last week to promote "Vanilla Sky."

A son for Andy Garcia

LOS ANGELES -- "Ocean's Eleven" co-star Andy Garcia is a father for the fourth time.

Andres Antonio Garcia-Lorido weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces when he was delivered Monday at a Los Angeles-area hospital. This is the first son for the Cuban-born actor and his wife, Marivi Lorido Garcia. The couple have three daughters, ages 18, 14 and 10. The baby and mother are reportedly healthy.

New baby for Murphy

LOS ANGELES -- It's a fifth child for Eddie Murphy and his wife, Nicole.

Bella Zahra Murphy arrived Tuesday night at a Los Angeles-area hospital weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces. She joins sisters Bria, 12; Shayne, 7; and Zola, 2; and brother Myles, 10.

Today's birthdays

Former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin is 71. Singer Don Everly is 65. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 65. Actor Sherman Hemsley is 64. Jazz musician Joe Sample is 63. Singer Rick James is 50. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & amp; the Heartbreakers) is 48. Rock singer Exene Cervenka (X) is 46. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 37. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 37. Lisa Marie Presley is 34. Jazz musician Joshua Redman is 33. Comedian Pauly Shore is 32. Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) is 27. Actor Jarrett Lennon is 20.




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