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THE OLD adage that many a true word is spoken in jest certainly applies to comedian Adi Ashkenazi, who for her current television show consulted matchmaker Ruthie Peri to arrange introductions with some eligible men.
Rumor has it that the request wasn't all for laughs, and that Ashkenazi, a divorcee, was hoping that one of the guys might be Mr. Right. Peri, it should be remembered, was the lady responsible for introducing Bank Hapoalim chief shareholder Shari Arison to her future husband,Ofer Glazer. But it's a little like the story of the shoemaker who ends up walking barefoot: Peri's own marriage ended in divorce.
TONGUES ARE wagging as to whether Dudu Topaz is going to take another stab at marriage. The entertainer was blessed in a recent TV appearance by an elderly woman who expressed the wish that he'd find a partner with whom he could live out the rest of his life. Topaz told his well-wisher that he was in a serious relationship, but he did not say more than that. His current significant other is Iris Hazan, a divorcee with a daughter. Topaz, who recently bought a large house not far from Hazan's, has three sons, each with a different mother. A loving, attentive and generous father, Topaz was married to two of the boys' mothers, and his friends are wondering whether his third time might be a charm under the bridal canopy.
A FREQUENT COMMUTER between Israel and Italy, model Moran Attias may be featured in the September edition of Vanity Fair. Attias lives in Milan and has become one of Israel's best known exports in Europe, where she's now a popular presence on Italian TV.
SINGER HAREL MOYAL had a sense of deja vu when he appeared at the huge Nitzanim camp set up to house more than 5,000 adults and children who've left the North due to Hezbollah's ongoing assault. The camp is being funded by business magnate Arkadi Gaydamak, who seems to have an endless supply of money for good deeds, and provides free accommodation, food and entertainment for its residents. It was at Nitzanim that Moyal sang his way to victory in the second Kochav Nolad (A Star is Born) TV singing contest, and like many other celebrities, the singer has been doing gratis performances for refugees from the North over the past week. In addition to his Nitzanim performance, Moyal has also expressed interest in joining other artists who've traveled to perform for those waiting out the fighting in northern Israeli bomb shelters.
FELLOW Kochav Nolad winner Ninette Taib was one of the first to entertain evacuees from the confrontation line. Members of the entertainment industry have been serving as soldiers without uniforms, going into danger zones to spread a bit of much needed comfort and cheer. Among the other entertainers who have appeared at Nitzanim and elsewhere are Yehoram Gaon, Shay Gabso, Ran Danker, Tom Avni, Agam Rodberg, and Tzachi Noy.