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April 12, 2001|SHAUNA SNOW

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It's True: Actress Drew Barrymore has confirmed that she and comedian Tom Green have indeed tied the knot. During an on-camera, backstage segment at Tuesday's 2001 Blockbuster Awards, which was to air on Fox Wednesday night, interviewer Jann Carl asked Barrymore if Green's recent comments about the couple's having secretly wed were true. "He isn't pulling your leg--we are married," Barrymore said, adding that the event took place "a few weeks ago" and that her "Charlie's Angels" co-stars, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, were both in attendance. "We're on our honeymoon right now," Barrymore added.

More Revelations: A former backup singer for Bob Dylan has acknowledged that the two were secretly married from 1986 to 1992 and had a daughter together. Vocalist Carol Dennis, previously referred to as Dylan's former girlfriend, released a statement responding to British author Howard Sounes' biography, "Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan," which revealed the marriage and the existence of the couple's daughter, now 15. She said the former couple's decision to keep their marriage and daughter out of the public eye was mutual and called Dylan "a wonderful, active father." Dylan has not publicly commented on the book.

Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues: A London judge on Wednesday rejected Elton John's suit seeking millions in compensation from his former management. John, 53, had sued Andrew Haydon, former managing director of the firm that had managed him for many years, and the accounting house PricewaterhouseCoopers, which looked after John's business interests. John alleged that Haydon was negligent in allowing his company to charge him "several millions" in overseas tour expenses, which John had claimed should have been absorbed by the company under a management agreement. "Obviously, I am disappointed and I am considering with my lawyers the question of appeal, which seems likely," the singer said afterward in a statement. The court proceedings produced some stunning tidbits about the star's lifestyle--such as that he spent almost $55 million in a 20-month period, including $420,000 on flowers.

Quiz-Show Riches: A 42-year-old Michigan engineer who co-founded a company that provides questions for academic quiz competitions won $2.18 million on Tuesday night's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," snagging what ABC claims is the biggest quiz-show prize in network television history. Kevin Olmstead, who won $27,000 on "Jeopardy" in 1994, won the prize by correctly identifying Igor Sikorsky as the inventor of the first mass-produced helicopter. With a drought of winners, the show in January increased its jackpot by $10,000 for every show without a $1-million prize winner, producing Olmstead's record take. After taxes, Olmstead figures, he will earn between $1.2 million and $1.3 million. . . . Speaking of quiz shows, NBC has scheduled a three-nights-in-a-row showcase next week for "The Weakest Link," its new game show-with-a-vote-'em-off twist. The hourlong program--an American version of a British show--will debut on Monday at 8 p.m., with subsequent editions airing Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Quick Takes: The 1952 black-and-white pilot for "Bozo the Clown," which had been missing for 35 years, has been found by its creator, Larry "Bozo" Harmon, in a Hollywood storage vault. . . . "Cast Away," featuring Tom Hanks' Oscar-nominated turn as a plane-crash survivor, is due on home video and DVD on June 12.

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