Web site has dirty
laundry of celebrities
How much would you pay to learn all the dirty little details of Rosanne Barr's divorce from Tom Arnold? Five bucks? Ten? Well, they're worth at least 20 bills, according to www.celebritycollectables.com. In exchange for an Andrew Jackson, the people who run the site will send you a 50-plus page file on the couple's much-publicized court proceedings, including petitions, claims, counter-claims and witness affidavits. Funny stuff and worth every penny, they say.
What began as a movie buff's private collection grew into a full-time business venture and eventually, a Web site. In recent years, celebritycollectables. com has provided media outlets such as E! Television, Court TV, Entertainment Tonight and the major networks with copies of authentic celebrity divorce files, last wills and testaments and, for those with a morbid curiosity, autopsy files. More than 500 documents in all are available for a price.
This just in: Official divorce documents of Jennifer Lopez. That would be her second divorce, you know, the one to her former background dancer. Keep a close eye on the Web site, says celebritycollectables.com, as they're fairly confident they'll have more documents ready for public consumption when her marriage to Ben Affleck fails. Such skeptics!
Then again, who can blame them for their cynicism when such "perfect" Hollywood marriages, such as those between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, have gone belly up? Naturally, divorce documents on those star-crossed unions are for sale as well, for $15 and $20, respectively. If you're wondering what was behind Michael Jackson's murky marriages to Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley (and who isn't?), divorce files are also available for perusal.
A quick gander at celebritycollectables.com will show that its archive of autopsy files is as plentiful as it is gruesome. Although I have no interest in the circumstances surrounding John Belushi's death, others are, and the Web site has sold a number of his autopsy reports, which, at a whopping 37 pages, supposedly leaves no stone unturned. There are also such reports on John Denver (a popular one), Karen Carpenter, Janis Joplin, Sam Kinison, Liberace and Tammy Wynette, among others.
I'm not much of a celebrity hound. In fact, I don't catch many movies unless they're on HBO, but the next time I see those television documentaries on Jerry Garcia, Marilyn Monroe, River Phoenix, or Bob Crane, I'll have a pretty good idea of who's doing a good portion of their dirt-digging.
Net Junkie drops every Monday.
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