The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 50
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Who^s News Q . Now that Republican commentator Mary Matalin is ' an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, how does she juggle this high-profile Job with her family? ALICE GILBERT, Big Rapids, Mick. Matalin's job—which includes everything from updat- mg the press on the VP's heait condition to explaining the president's agenda — keeps her so busy we can't get her on the phone anymore. But her husband, that rabid Democrat James Carville, tells us he doesn't mind picking up the slack at home; what he misses is time to talk politics. "When she's home, it's more about family. She's working harder, and there ai-e so many things about life you've got to do." Though this is her fii-st stint as an administration figure, Matalin, 47, was a key player in George Bush senior's presidential campaign, and she's glad to be back with the Bushes, says Carville, 56. Meanwhile, he's in charge of daughters Matty, 5, and Emma, 3. "It's fun," he says. "I like taking them to school and picking them up." They play at his office and their mom's. Emma "offered Pi-esident Bush her bottle. He said, 'I might try it later.'" Q . Tyne Daly and Amy Brenneman deserve a lot of credit ' for making Judging Amy one of the best shows on TV, but I'm curious about the actress who plays Donna She's so comical. Who is she, and was she in The Perfect Storml PAT HRDLICKA, De Pen, Wis. Jillian Armenante, 32, wasn't in Storm, but you may recognize her from Girl, Inten-^upted: She played Winona Ryder's tough hospital mate, Cynthia. The Paterson, N.J., native had small roles in plays and films in Seattle and LA before landing Amy two yeai's ago. "I miss the laughs from the audience," Ai-menante says of TV vs. the stage. "But now people come up and tell me they love me, or honk and yell, 'Hey, i Donna!' " It hasn't gone to her head. ^ She still diives a black '88 Mazda RX-7, buys flea-market furniture and rides a gi*een '70s Schwinn. Her fii-st splui'ge after getting a regular TV gig? "Rent," she says seriously. "After that, I paid for my last 15 yeai-s on credit cards." JUDGING AMrS COMIC RELIEF ISA FAN OF FLEA MARKETS. BY LORRIE LYNCH To ask a question, e-mail whosnews@iusaweekend.coni or call 1-800-25S-S463. Contributing: GATIXE JO CARTER, PATTY RHULE, FRAPPA STOUT, JEANNIE WRIGHT THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS 4.8.01 Patricia Arquette 33 Robin Wriglit Penn 35 Betty Ford 83 4.9.01 Cynthia Nixon 35 Dennis Quald 47 Hugh Hefner 75 4.10.01 Haley Joel Osment 13 Mandy Moore 17 Babyface 43 4.11.01 Bret Saberhagen 37 4.12.01 Claire Danes 22 Shannen Doherty 30 Vince Gill 44 Andy Garcia 45 David Letternnan 54 4.13.01 Rick Schroder 31 4.14.01 Sarah Michelle Cellar 24 Pete Rose 60 Hollywood and vine: Celebs grapple with the grape Y OU'VE WON the Super Bowl,your Oscar,your Olympic gold. Your financial portfolio is portly. It's no longer enougli to liave a well-stocked wine cellar. Now, well-heeled oenophlles are growing their own grapes. Vanna White, Joe Montana and new Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil are just a few of the boldfaced names doing it. For those with the means, but not the time to toil the fields, Clos LaChance Vineyards'CK Vines in California's Santa Cruz Mountains will plant,tie and tend the grapes. Cost: $30,000 per acre for the initial installation, plus $5,000 per acre for maintenance.The 25 vineyard clients include Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming (shown with husband Greg Jenidns). "It's a peaceful setting," the sl<ater says."V\/hen we were first married, we even attempted to mal<e our own wine. It's hard!"Their 1.5 acres will produce about 160 cases, a lot for friends and family, so they'll donate some wine to charity auctions. Vl/inemal<ing isn't for those light of pocketbook or patience. An acre in California's Napa Valley can go for $200,000, and your grapes won't produce wine for years. Few have the resources or vision of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (right), whose Niebaum-Coppola Winery puts out 250,000 cases a year. Golfer Greg Norman doesn't have his own vineyard but nonetheless has his own line, Greg Norman Estates Australian wines (his current favorite: Greg Norman Estates Shiraz). Vermeil says people are already asking about his wines, the first of which Is a year away from the marketplace. The label will be Jean Louis Vermeil, after a winemaking great-great-grandfather. Vermeil's involvement will largely be the marketing of what he hopes will be about 200 cases a year of well-produced boutique {or"garage") wine."Hopefully, we'll make it the cabernet of the NFL." Other winey celebrities include Gerard Depardleu, Steven Seagal and the Smothers Brothers. Famous name or no, if the wine is poor,it's ^ urilikely to last. "The truth of the wine is in the soil," says Wine Spectator, . ^^JTiagazine's Thomas Matthews'ii'Tliat's an abiding truth, regardles ^^lM' and glitter of who: rinayo)fl(h the winery." Q , Thanks to all the accolades for IraWK, Benicio * Del Toro is no longer an unknown. What's next for him? MELANIE RAMSAY, Lockport, III. Del Toro, 34, is in Oregon filming T/ie Hunted, a thinller. He knows awards ai-e a mixed blessing, because with them come offei-s of as many bad roles as good ones. "I wish I could take my time and do the stuff you recognize as good," he says, but with a writers' strike looming, he may not have the luxury of waiting for the perfect project. Interestingly, he didn't peg Traffic as good at fii'st. Despite the big names in the cast, he tells us, he had no idea it would prove so special, ca -Associateil Press TIU tiHEAll SI Srimv I VHt IIJID I'. 1%! J ML'tri uldwyn M;i¥i'r Slurlios I'll [lislritmlml tiy MGM Huitu' [

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