Tattle: Ann Romney turned down 'Dancing With the Stars' invitation

Natalie Wood with husband, Robert Wagner, in 1959. Wood died mysteriously in 1981. The probe into her death continues.
Natalie Wood with husband, Robert Wagner, in 1959. Wood died mysteriously in 1981. The probe into her death continues.
Posted: January 15, 2013

A NN ROMNEY didn't get to be first lady, but that doesn't mean she wants the Disco Ball as a consolation prize.

Sources tell TMZ.com that Mitt's honey turned down an offer to appear on the 16th season of "Dancing With the Stars."

She did appear on the season finale of the 15th iteration, voicing her rabid "Dancing" fandom, but she wasn't meant to cha-cha her way into America's hearts.

No word was given for why she declined.

Romney wouldn't be the first politically connected person to put on dancing shoes. Tom DeLay, a former Texas congressman and U.S. House majority leader, competed on the ninth season before stress fractures forced him to withdraw. Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson won that round.

Bristol Palin famously competed, coming in a controversial third place during the 11th season, when Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough took the prize.

Asking former potential first ladies to join the cast isn't new for "Dancing." In her memoir, Dirty Sexy Politics, Meghan McCain revealed that her mom, Cindy, had been courted but, like Ann, turned "Dancing" down.

We're disappointed if only because we'd love to see Ann let loose. She always seemed to have so much more personality than her hubby, and a reality-show stint could certainly give us a glimpse of the Real Romney.

Not to mention get her out of those preppy, stuffy dresses to strut her stuff in a glittery ballroom getup.

News on Natalie

A newly released Los Angeles County coroner's report on the death of actress Natalie Wood reveals that the actress had unexplained bruises and scratches on her face and arms that may have occurred before her death in 1981.

Last year, the coroner changed Wood's cause of death from drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors." The investigation into her death is ongoing.

The report was carefully worded, stating that coroners could not conclude when Wood's bruises occurred.

Wood drowned off California's Catalina Island while yachting with her actor-husband, Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken, along with the boat's captain.

Walken and Wagner have said they believe that Wood's death was an accident, and Wagner is not a suspect.


Hugh Jackman almost quit during filming of "Les Miserables," but his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, persuaded him to stick with the part of Jean Valjean, a decision that netted Jackman a Golden Globe on Sunday night.

Jackman said that after attempting (and failing) at a particularly tough scene, he sought Furness out.

"I'll never forget it. She said, 'If you don't feel doubt playing Jean Valjean, then you were never meant to play the role,' " Jackman told Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood."

"I went, 'So, I should do it?' And she went, 'Absolutely. You do it.' That was it."

* Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Royal Baby (not to be confused with Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, future queen of America) is due in July.

After mama-to-be Kate Middleton was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum -a more servere version of morning sickness - in early December, rumors swirled that she might be having twins.

The official announcement only referenced a single fetus.

* Our hearts go out to Philly boy David Boreanaz, son of former 6ABC "Action News" weatherman and rock of our childhoods, Dave Roberts.

"Bones" star Boreanaz revealed today via Twitter that his dog recently passed.

Boreanaz tweeted, "R.I.P. our little Rocky. Small dog with the heart of a champion. We will miss u."

R.I.P., indeed.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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