Weekly Schmooze: Wedding season for famous Jewry

Scarlett Johansson covers Gainsbourg; Gene Simmons is getting hitched; Tavi launches new fashion site.

September 8, 2011 14:39
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Lulu Gainsbourg, son of legendary French-Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg, is coming out with a tribute album From Gainsbourg to Lulu, which is set to be released in November. The album will feature Vanessa Paradis, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Rufus Wainwright, and Lulu's sister Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as Scarlett Johansson (also Jewish!) who can be seen writhing in a bed and singing Brigitte Bardot's part in the video for the song "Bonnie and Clyde:"

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The latest celebrity to visit Israel is none other than domestic diva Martha Stewart, who is promoting the Dead Sea in the Wonders of Nature competition. Stewart has been tweeting constant updates from her trip, like “the string bridge spans the highway into Jerusalem” and “Have you experienced dinner at machneyuda (sic) in Jerusalem?” She also expressed excitement at visiting the place where “Jesus lived, preached and performed his miracles.” When hit with a barrage of anti-Israel tweets, Stewart tweeted: “Don’t get excited. I am on a serious tour of ancient history. No more. No less.”

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Mark your calendars – Gene Simmons is getting married on October 1st. The KISS rock star, who was born Chaim Witz in Haifa, is going to get hitched with Shannon Tweed at the Beverley Hills Hotel. Gossip site TMZ got a hold of a copy of the happy couple’s wedding invitation, which came in the form of a sarcastic letter from their kids. “After 28 years of loose strings, our parents decided to tie the knot,” the invitation reads. “It doesn’t change that much.” Watch Simmons get down on one knee and propose to Tweed, on this clip from their reality TV show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels:"

This has been a good week for weddings – two other bold-faced Jewish names got hitched this week, albeit not to each other. Designer Ralph Lauren's son, David Lauren, married Lauren Bush, granddaughter of the first President Bush and niece of the second, on Sunday. She will go by the name Lauren Bush Lauren.

DJ and producer Mark Ronson, who performed in Israel last month, married lingerie model Josephine de la Baume in a French villa. Kate Moss, Lily Allen and Sean Lennon were in attendance, as well as Mark's equally famous sisters, DJ Samantha Ronson and designer Charlotte Ronson.

If you're a fan of the Piano Man, this video is for you. A clip from a 1995 question and answer session with Billy Joel was recently uploaded by VEVO, in which he was asked about memories from his youth that made him aware of his Judaism. It's well-known that Joel can tell good stories in song, but this video proves he can do the same while speaking:

Finally, some news for the fashion-forward: 15-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson has launched a new site for teenage girls called Rookie. Unlike her popular style blog "The Style Rookie," the new site includes sections like "books and comics," "sex and love," "eye candy" and "everything else" – whatever that means. Tavi plans to update the site three times a day, five times a week with "millions of bad puns."

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