Sheryl Crow has benign brain tumor, Debra Messing splits from hub, Julianne Hough likes working with Cruise

Posted: June 06, 2012

A shocker from Sheryl Crow: The singer-songwriter says she has a brain tumor. Luckily, it’s benign, Crow tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Crow, 50, says she’s been worried about recurrent memory loss for some time. (Just last month, she forgot the lyrics to "Soak Up the Sun" at a Florida show.)

An MRI in November revealed that Crow has meningioma, which develops from the lining that protects the brain and spinal cord. She stayed mum. "I haven’t really talked about it," she said in an understatement. Crow, who battled breast cancer in ’06, says she’s currently at work adapting Barry Levinson’s ’82 film classic Diner into a stage musical.

Divorce for Debra Messing

Will & Grace star Debra Messing, 43, has filed for divorce from Daniel Zelman, 44, after 11 years of marriage and a son, Roman Walker Zelman, TMZ reports. Messing, who met Zelman 20 years ago in college, cites irreconcilable differences. Zelman, an actor and writer, is best known as cocreator of Damages.

Hough on Cruise control

Julianne Hough, 23, says she loved working with Tom Cruise, 49, on the set of their 1980s rock musical, Rock of Ages. "After every take, [Tom] high-fived me and was like, ‘That was awesome,’?" Hough tells Glamour about shooting her first scene with Tom, which had her do a lap dance while the Mission: Impossible superstar grabbed her in a lewd and lascivious manner.

Hough also tells the mag she first met her beau, Ryan Seacrest, 37, when he interviewed the Dancing With the Stars beauty and her then-bf, country singer Chuck Wicks. "The interview’s on YouTube, and I blush when I hear it because Ryan is hitting on me the entire time!" says Hough. "At the end, Ryan said something like, ‘You guys really have something special!’ And I thought?…?‘He’s so full of?…?right now’!"

Tidbits ’n’ pieces

Bruce Willis’ Demi Moore-made daughter Scout Willis, 20, an undergrad at Brown University, was arrested in New York for carrying an open beer container and for using a fake ID, says the New York Daily News. … HRH QEII’s husband, Prince Philip, 90, who was hospitalized Monday for a bladder infection, is feeling much better, his son Prince Edward told reporters Tuesday. … The Hollywood Reporter says Jerry O’Connell will star as Herman in NBC’s revamp of the monster sitcom The Munsters.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse tix

Neil Young & Crazy Horse are going on tour in support of their first album in nine years, Americana. They’ll hit the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on Nov. 29. Tix go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Info: 1-800-298-4200 or

Betty White on Betty White

"This is such a thrill, and such an honor, and don’t think I take it lightly, and don’t think I take it for granted," actor Betty White said Monday after meeting her wax effigy Monday at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. "I am the luckiest old broad on two feet," White, 90, said. "The only thing that hurts is why did they wait to do this until I was 90? A few decades ago would’ve been swell."

Quote du jour: KStew on fame

Being a megastar isn’t always easy, Kristen Stewart tells Vanity Fair about her sometimes overwhelming fans. "It feels like it’s just an enormous body of water, like a wave that’s stronger than you.?…?You’d have to be a sociopath not to be penetrated by the human energy that’s, like, cumulatively being hurled at you from every direction." The girl’s a true-born poet.

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