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March 24, 2003
Before Frank Worth became the Los Angeles Dodgers' first official photographer, he made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's first paparazzi. Unlike today's celebrity shutterbugs, Worth got close to his subjects; he dated Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe. He also shot Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding, to Nicky Hilton. Worth, who died in December 2000 at age 77, worked for the Dodgers into the 1990s, augmenting his photographer's salary by selling tickets at Dodger Stadium. Shortly after Worth's death, a dusty box containing thousands of photos—mostly never-seen, intimate shots of stars such as Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant—was found in his apartment. Several of the pictures, including this shot of Don Drysdale (standing) and Duke Snider enjoying some dugout cheesecake around 1960, will be on display from March 20 to 25 at the Beverly Hills Sotheby's in an exhibit called "Worth Exposing Hollywood: The Diamond Retrospective."
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March 24, 2003

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Before Frank Worth became the Los Angeles Dodgers' first official photographer, he made a name for himself as one of Hollywood's first paparazzi. Unlike today's celebrity shutterbugs, Worth got close to his subjects; he dated Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe. He also shot Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding, to Nicky Hilton. Worth, who died in December 2000 at age 77, worked for the Dodgers into the 1990s, augmenting his photographer's salary by selling tickets at Dodger Stadium. Shortly after Worth's death, a dusty box containing thousands of photos—mostly never-seen, intimate shots of stars such as Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant—was found in his apartment. Several of the pictures, including this shot of Don Drysdale (standing) and Duke Snider enjoying some dugout cheesecake around 1960, will be on display from March 20 to 25 at the Beverly Hills Sotheby's in an exhibit called "Worth Exposing Hollywood: The Diamond Retrospective."

?If life imitates art, Steven Spielberg and Gary Ross are going to be two happy Hollywood moguls. Spielberg, whose Dreamworks studio is handling international distribution for the upcoming movie Seabiscuit, and Ross, who is directing the film, were among the show-business investors who bought a 10% stake in Kentucky Derby hopeful Atswhatimtalknbout from owner B. Wayne Hughes. The parties were brought together by Hall of Fame jockey (and new Santa Anita general manager) Chris McCarron, who was a consultant on Seabiscuit, which is slated to open on July 25. At Sunday's San Felipe Stakes the 3-year-old Atswhatimtalknbout—who was sired by 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy—closed like a shot to finish second. He's expected to start in the April 5 Santa Anita Derby and maybe, if all goes well, make a Run for the Roses on May 3.

?The U.S. distributor of Bend It Like Beckham, which opened in the States to strong reviews last week, thought about changing the film's name. Beckham's director, Gurinder Chadha, tells SI that one of the tides Fox Searchlight kicked around was Move It Like Mia. The reference was to Mia Hamm, whose poster adorns the wall of the movie's main character, an 18-year-old girl who dreams of playing pro soccer and idolizes the U.S. national team star. "I didn't have a problem if they changed the name because I know people don't know David Beckham here," Chadha says. "But as time went on, Fox decided that they didn't want to change the title because it was already known around the world."

?Now it can be told: Two decades ago Stan Davis, a receivers and defensive backs coach for the Arena league's Chicago Rush, played opposite Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In one memorable scene Davis freaks out when he and Penn wreck Davis's brother's car. "We had to scream because we were in a car accident," says Davis, 36. "Sean was burning his hand with a cigarette to make his scream seem authentic. I thought he was crazy." Davis, who also starred in commercials as one of the "I am stuck on Band-Aid brand 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me" kids, played defensive back at Long Beach State and two seasons in the CFL before coaching. "I just went from acting to another form of entertainment," he says.

?According to reports out of Cleveland, former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has been approached by national Democratic Party leaders about running for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Todd Rensi, communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party, says it hasn't happened yet, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't welcome Kosar's throwing his helmet into the ring. "We support an open process," Rensi says, "and name recognition is always good." Said Kosar, "It's flattering, and it's something you have to consider seriously." One of Kosar's possible opponents in the race: former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer.

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