Who's News To ask a question, e-mail whosnewsS'usaweekencl.com or call 1-800-255-5463. BY LORRIE LYNCH Q , I'm interested In • Barry Pepper, who has appeared in great movies like Saving Private Ryan and The Green Mile. Could you give me some personal details? JENNIFER SIFRE, Sparks, Neu Pepper, 31, lives with his wife and 10-month-old daughter on Canada's Vancouver Island. He had a "somewhat isolated youth" growing up on a Canadian farm and sailing, for three years, the Pacific on a 50-foot boat his dad built in the family back yai'd. "Sometimes we wei'e at sea three weeks at a stretch," he says. "We didn't have a TV, so we had to learn to be creative." This weekend, he stars as Roger Maris in HBO's Billy Crystal-directed movie 61*. Mai-is "was a low-key guy who wasn't prepared for all the attention his homers brought him." Q . Supermodels tend to fade * with age, but Cindy Crawford just keeps on going. What's the latest on how she's balancing her career with motherhood? MITCH GREER, Benida, Calif No supei-model is smarter than Crawford when it comes to mai- keting herself, so it's no suiprise she's made motherhood (baby No. 2 is due in September) an asset. Companies that want her face to sell their products, her publicist tells us, must realize that "she's a mom and a wife and [they] have to work vnth that." Revlon wouldn't: After 11 yeai*s, the cosmetics company dropped Crawford, 35, in Febi-uary. (Long-term contracts with watchmaker Omega and designer Ellen TVacy continue.) Crawford — shown above with her restaui-ateui' husband, Rande Grer- ber, 38, and their son Presley Walker Gerber, neai-ly 2 — also is writing a children's book, due this fall, and is a spokeswoman and contributor for estyle.com's retail baby site. Q . Why do celebrities wear those risqu^ flesh-baring outfits * we see at award ceremonies like the Grammys and the Academy Awards? JULIE FINK-HOLLAR, C/ioteati, Mont "To generate publicity," says star stylist Phillip Bloch. "Plus, they have amazing bodies." Bloch, who has dressed his share of A-list actresses, tells us that some he's worked with "will not eat for three or four days — or they go on a special liquid diet before the event." Yet even torturous meal-skipping can't substitute for taste. Bloch has high praise for Catherine Zeta- Jones and Joan Allen, who were "sexy, but not in an obvious, screaming way" at last month's Oscars. He also likes singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, her penchant for transparent gowns notwithstanding. She "manages to [have] just the right amount of sexiness." liSl Kim, Tbni Braxton and Anna. Nicole Smith, however, are among the ^ women Bloch says "always seem to cross that line." And what a fine line it is. 4.29.01 Michelle Pfeiffer 43 Jerry Seinfeld 47 4.30.01 KirstenDunst 19 Michael Waltrip 38 5.1.01 John Woo 55 5.2.01 The Rock 29 5.3.01 James Brown 73 5.4.01 Lance Bass 21 Randy Travis 42 5.5.01 Danielle FIshel 20 Q . Like every good talk show host, Rosie O'Donnell has a * talented bandleader to play off. Tell us about John McDaniel, who wields the stick for her. EDNA SPARKS, Smyr )ia, Ga. The two first crossed paths eight years ago in L.A., where, as McDaniel tells it, "we'd be at the same party, I'd wind up at the piano, and she'd sing every show tune known to man." Two years later, she invited him to lead her band. A symphony director and Broadway music director, McDaniel, 40, had no TV experience. Rosie's advice? "Pretend we're at a pai-ty and do your music." It worked. His only complaint is having to wake early for daily 7:45 a.m. reheai'sals. If the show ends vrith Rosie's conti-act in 2002, he'll sleep in at his Manhattan loft, play with his cocker spaniels and look for the next project. Who's he dying to get on the show before then? "Mick Jagger would be amazing to do a number with." ca ii el ii zB Contributing: BART MILLS, FRAPPA STOUT, JEANNE WRIGHT May lower cholesterol (if taken orally). A friendly reminder from the National Peanut Board'"
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