HOUSEWIVES star Eva Longoria and her boyfriend, Spurs guard and Western
Conference All-Star Tony Parker, have an old-fashioned relationship. When she
expressed interest in playing in the McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
last Friday in Houston, he nixed the idea. "I asked if I would break a
nail, and he decided I wouldn't play," she says. "He was afraid I would
embarrass him." So Longoria did the next best thing: She coached.
Longoria's H-Town squad, featuring Nelly, Superman Returns star Brandon Routh
and Becky Hammon of the WNBA's New York Liberty lost to Clutch City, which was
coached by Queen Latifah.
? Michael Jordan
celebrated his 43rd birthday with some rich and famous friends during All-Star
weekend-- Diddy, Kevin Garnett, Willis McGahee, Steve Nash, Terrell Owens and
LenDale White were among the crowd at Jordan's party in Houston--but it was His
Airness who was in a giving mood. After Grammy winner John Legend serenaded him
with Happy Birthday, Jordan put a trove of memorabilia up for auction, with the
proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. One
lot, a signed collection of all 21 editions of Air Jordan sneakers (including
Air Jordan XXI, which was released last Saturday) reached $425,000, thanks in
part to bids from rapper Fat Joe and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The bidding
will continue on eBay until March 3.
Anderson's days of sipping mint juleps and sporting wide-brimmed hats at
Churchill Downs appear to be over. Last week the actress and fervent PETA
spokesperson (left), who has been to the Kentucky Derby twice, announced that
she will not attend the Run for the Roses anymore, saying, "I don't want to
support cruelty to animals, whether it's forcing horses to race for our
amusement or scalding chickens alive for our plate."
? On the premiere
of Fox's Skating with Celebrities last month, judge Dorothy Hamill critiqued
actress Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Canadian pairs figure
skater Lloyd Eisler (who won Olympic bronze in 1992 and '94) by saying,
"I'd love to see more of a connection between the two of you." It
appears that Hamill has gotten her wish. Eisler and Swanson started dating in
December, says a rep for the two. They will compete on the show's two-part
finale (it was taped in October and airs on Feb. 27 and on March 2), but not
without some controversy. Eisler's wife, Marcia, with whom he has two children
and from whom he separated in November, says she had a feeling that there was a
romance brewing in October, when Swanson forwarded her an e-mail from Lloyd
that read, "I love you." Says Marcia, "I guess he and Kristy
deserve each other."