A new biography of Queen Elizabeth II excerpted in Vanity Fair paints the young Elizabeth as a passionate woman who agreed to marry Prince Philip in 1946 without consulting her parents because she was hopelessly smitten. Philip was equally enchanted, writing to her in a letter that he had "fallen in love completely and unreservedly." But, writes Sally Bedell Smith in Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, the couple's love was fraught with some angst. The discord came when QEII refused to give up her surname, Windsor, and change it to her hub's name, Mountbatten. Philip wanted the royal family to be known as the House of Mountbatten when Elizabeth took the throne in '52. "I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children," Philip complained to friends. "I'm nothing but a bloody amoeba." QEII in 1960 compromised, saying their non-royal descendants would have the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
Ted Hughes, British poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998 at the age of 68, was honored Tuesday with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey in London. Unveiled by Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney, the memorial places Hughes in the company of 111 other British greats from Chaucer to William Blake and Thomas Hardy. "I think Ted is at home with that company," Heaney told the BBC. Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath
Who is Lady Gaga? "I'm a warrior queen," sings Her GagaShip in "Marry the Night" her new, controversial music vid. "I'm a soldier to my own emptiness / I am a winner." The vid shows the struggles Gaga went through before she became a star. (Her suffering? She was dropped by her first record company. Worse than death, baby.)
In one scene, she smashes a Cheerios box on her naked frame during a mental breakdown. The fashions are fabulous, too. "It is autobiographical, so the entire story's true," the megastar tells MTV. (She really battles cereal boxes?)
So how did the Lady's pops, Joseph Germanotta, take the risqué scenes, Ryan Seacrest asked the singer Tuesday.
"He tends to love the stuff that's a little less wholesome," Gaga said.
You know what they say about workplace romances! A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday finalized the uncontested divorce between Michael C. Hall and his Dexter costar Jennifer Carpenter. Carpenter, who wed Hall in December '08, filed for divorce last year, citing irreconcilable differences.
Brangelina's sexier half, Angelina Jolie, tells TV show Extra she has a private side her fans never see. "I'm a closet geek in what I read and what I am." And what is that? Books on chess strategy? The naval history of the Ottoman Empire? The Glee songbook? We're left hanging.
TMZ says police in Los Angeles want to interview Johnny Depp about an incident Thursday night when one of his bodyguards allegedly beat up a 52-year-old disabled woman named Robyn Ecker after an Iggy Pop concert. Reportedly, she was targeted because she inadvertently got too close to Depp's table. No word from Depp.
California teen Cassandra Bankson, 19, has won a modeling contract and fame after a YouTube video she made about how to hide acne scars received more than two million views. FoxNews.com says Bankson, who has severe acne on her face, studied makeup techniques to hide the unsightly spots, then shared them in a how-to vid. Bankson tells Good Morning America the response has been tremendous. "It really is an eye-opener. I never knew that for men, for women, even for adults, it's such an epidemic," she says of the acne menace.
Financial journal turned celeb list-maker Forbes on Tuesday released its oddest celeb list, Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck - or in other words, which thesp will garner studios the best profits-to-salary ratio. This year's chart-toppers are Kristen Stewart and Dark Knight Rises' purry Catwoman, Anne Hathaway. K-Stew is at No. 1: For every $1 she makes, her pics yield an average of $55.83. Anne is at No. 2 with a $1-to-$45.67 ratio. K-Stew lover Robert Pattinson is third with a $1 to $39.43 ratio.