Sideshow: Depp's wearing a ring; engaged to Amber?

Wearing a "chick's ring," actor Johnny Depp attends an event for his new movie, "Transcendence," on his first visit to Beijing.
Wearing a "chick's ring," actor Johnny Depp attends an event for his new movie, "Transcendence," on his first visit to Beijing. (Reuters)
Posted: April 02, 2014

Johnny Depp's 'chick ring'

The rumors are true: Johnny Depp, 50, is engaged to marry the remarkably sexy Amber Heard, who is younger and bouncier by 23 years. Depp was sporting a diamond ring Monday when he chatted with reporters in Beijing. They asked if he's engaged. He said, "The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle."

To say Depp is engaged to marry is an exaggeration.

Sure, he actually was wed once, from '83 to '85 to makeup artist Lori Anne Allison.

But since then he's been a serial fiancé: many engagements, but no weddings.

His former fiancées include Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder (remember the "Winona Forever" tattoo fiasco?), and Kate Moss.

Engagement seems to mean little in the Depp universe: The Dead Man star was with Vanessa Paradis for more than 15 years, and they have two kids. Yet they never married - or engaged.

Why did he shoot you?

Hip-hop star, former owner of the Source mag, and star of Love & Hip Hop: AtlantaBenzino ( Raymond E. Scott) tells TMZ he has no idea why his nephew Gai Scott shot him (with a gun) Saturday in Duxbury, Mass., during a funeral procession for Benzino's mother, Mary Scott. Gai Scott's attorney, Jon Ciraulo, on Monday told a Massachusetts court Scott was acting in self-defense, says the Boston Globe.

Poetry news all over

Congratulations to winners of the Montgomery County Youth Poetry contests, announced Monday. The Grades 1-3 winner was Sydney Harman of Cynwyd Elementary, with runner-up Arnav Pallem of Upper Providence Elementary. The Grades 4-6 winner was Meena Padhye of Blue Bell Elementary, and Maya Kraidy of Cynwyd Elementary was runner-up. For Grades 7-9, the winner was Hana Kenworthy of Colonial Middle School, and the runner-up was Hatboro home-schooled Anna Nowosielski. And for Grades 10 to 12, Walden Pemantle of Harriton High School took top place, with Mackenzie Moyer of Souderton Area High School as runner-up. This year's Elizabeth Graeme Award went to Erin Farrell of CB East High School, with Emily Clark of the Baldwin School as runner-up. Awards will be given out April 13, at the Indian Valley Public Library.

- John Timpane

Du-rang Du-rang Du-rang

Bucks County resident and Tony-winning playwright Christopher Durang's play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is now splitting sides at the Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. When Vanya goes up in a new production at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, which it's scheduled to do July 17 to Aug. 10, Durang himself will mount the boards as Vanya! Also in the cast (yet to be fleshed out) will be Marilu Henner, she of Taxi and the prodigious memory, playing the flamboyant, narcissistic Masha. It's the venerable theater's 75th anniversary, so this ought to be way fun. (Tickets not yet on sale. Information: 215-862-2121, www.bcptheater.org.)

- John Timpane


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