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George Rush grew up in a small Midwestern town, and then went on to Brown University, followed by Columbia University, where he received his master's degree in journalism. He wrote articles on weighty topics for national magazines, and a book, "Confessions of a Secret Service Agent." But after meeting Joanna Molloy, a fifth-generation New Yorker, Rush soon straightened out his life and began writing a gossip column with her. The couple, who have been married since 1992, have a little Rush.

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Digs from Spade irk Brad and Vince

David Spade
Jennifer Aniston's ex-husband, Brad Pitt, and her current boyfriend, Vince Vaughn, don't agree on much — except when it comes to David Spade.

We hear that neither of them finds the comic funny — at least when he's poking fun at their love lives.

Pitt and Spade have been buddies for a while. So the "Troy" star is said to have felt betrayed when Spade kept carping on his "Showbiz Show" about Pitt's having jettisoned Aniston for Angelina Jolie.

"Brad told him he'd had enough," says a source. "Spade must have been worried that his social life would be affected. His material has been decidedly softer since."

Then again, that could be the result of an encounter the pocket-size jester is said to have had with Vaughn.

According to another source, the "Wedding Crashers" star happened to come upon a run-through that Spade was doing with his staffers from his Comedy Central show.

"You guys are having a lot of 'fun' over there, aren't you?" Vaughn asked Spade sarcastically.

We hear that Spade, who's said he didn't care who he offended in Hollywood, reassured the much-brawnier actor that the gags didn't reflect his true feelings about Jennifer's misery.

"But Vaughn refused to let it go," says a source. "He kept repeating his taunting over and over. The tension was thick. Spade was squirming under the stares of the writers and assistants."

Reps for Vaughn and Pitt both deny that their clients menaced Spade. Says Pitt's rep: "David and Brad are friends."

Real-estate conflictsare building for celebs

David Duchovny and Téa Leoni have lost out to developers who are building an apartment block that will tower over their Malibu home. They appeared before the Malibu Planning Commission to block the construction, andTéa even mentioned that David loves to "swim and shower naked in the backyard," according to TMZ.com. Now that the building application has been approved, Leoni may have to get used to some tan lines on her man.

Back in Manhattan, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro's daughter, Donna Ullman, upset West Village neighbors with her application to turn her W. 12th townhouse into a McMansion. She wants to chop down two majestic elms in the backyard to increase the house's square footage by 50%.

Although a review committee at Community Board 2 has denied her request, Ullman has another chance at expansion when she goes before the Landmarks Committee.

P.S. We're assured that Mayor Bloomberg has not yet purchased a $9 million spread in Wellington, Fla. Floridian sources say the mayor has indeed put money in an escrow account and is considering the property, but has been dragging his feet, and other buyers are already lined up.

Side dish

George Clooney outs Batman on Barbara Walters' Oscar special tonight. Asked if he'd ever play a gay role, Clooney says he already did — as Batman. "Think about it," he explains. "I was in a rubber suit. I had rubber nipples. I could have played him straight but I didn't. I made him gay." Well, that puts Bruce Wayne's "ward" Robin in a new light …

Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix and Eva Mendes, who will play a couple in "We Own the Night," got better acquainted over an intimate dinner at underground NYC cantina La Esquina Monday night. They later moved on to nightclub Butter, where they partied with Ashley Olsen and Jamie-Lynn Sigler before heading back to the hotel where they're both bunking. Reps assure us they're just "good friends" …

In addition to marijuana, police say George Michael was in possession of kinky sex toys and a "gimp mask" when he was arrested on Sunday … In case her trademark fishnet stockings didn't let you know, former Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown wants to inform you that she still has a rockin' sex life. "Don't mean to sound braggy (you know I don't know how to keep my secrets), but my 90-year-old playmate [David Brown] and I are still sexually involved — pleasurably, reasonably frequently." The style maven also said, "Seems to me if we can, everybody can" in a letter to the editor written in defense of Gail Sheehy's ill-reviewed "Sex and the Seasoned Woman" that will appear in this weekend's New York Times Book Review

With Jo Piazza and Chris Rovzar


Originally published on February 28, 2006

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