October 3, 2008 in Features

Winger’s old, so deal with it

 
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Debra Winger
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Debra Winger says she has become a real woman who accepts middle age.

Winger, 53, who is featured in Jonathan Demme’s new flick, “Rachel Getting Married,” says when she reached 40 in 1995, she took a six-year sabbatical from Tinseltown because there were no roles for women her age.

“I’m interested in what is possible,” she said. “I’m interested in age-appropriate roles.”

The actress, whose first big role was opposite John Travolta in 1980’s “Urban Cowboy, says film executives need to come up with roles for middle-aged women.

“You know,” Winger said, “everyone says, ‘Get over it. This is what we women look like. We actually are sexual and we are actually scary and we’re funny and we age.’ ”

“ ‘And,’ ” Winger added, “ ‘we look like your mom. Remember your mom? You love her.’ I keep thinking that these guys who are heads of studios will remember that they actually had interesting mothers.”

The sun must have shone

It was a marriage made in “7th Heaven” on Wednesday when Beverly Mitchell, 27, wore a Melissa Sweet gown to swap sacred vows with Kenneth Cole-attired accountant Michael Cameron, 27, in Ravello, Italy. The 100 guests included bridesmaid and former “7th Heaven” costar Jessica Biel, who brought along her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. Fellow cast member Mackenzie Rosman also showed up.

The stars were comfy, eh?

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds may have enjoyed the great outdoors during their wedding Canadian wedding, but they were hardly roughing it. People magazine says the two movie stars were at an ultra-expensive resort near Vancouver, B.C. which is marketed as an “ultra-luxurious eco-destination.” Guests camped out in “delux tents” outfitted with private showers, Adirondack-style beds with down duvets, rugs, oil lamps and heirloom china.

Baby was a knockout, though

Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, 30, who on Aug. 26 gave birth to Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr., says the 15-hour labor and delivery was the happiest “challenge” of her life.

The baby, her first child with husband Curtis Conway, weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Doctors induced labor at 38 weeks.

“The doctor thought that the baby might have a growth restriction,” says Ali, who had initially planned a home delivery.

Leo wants love, too

Leonardo DiCaprio says his feelings about love have evolved. The 33-year-old “Revolutionary Road” star, who once boasted that he had “never been in love” and planned never to marry, is singing a new tune. “I want to get married and have children,” DiCaprio tells Parade. “I realize I am contradicting everything I’ve said before.”

The birthday bunch

Singer Chubby Checker is 67. Magician Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 64. Singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 59. Drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) is 46. Singer Gwen Stefani of No Doubt is 39. Singer Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys is 37. Singer G. Love is 36. Actress Keiko Agena (“Gilmore Girls”) is 35. Actress Neve Campbell is 35. Actor Seann William Scott (“American Pie”) is 32. Singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is 24.


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