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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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Vince had to deal with
mother of all swindles

Vince Vaughn
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn's trips to Chicago last year weren't all about dancing to "Funkytown."

Vaughn's mother, Sharon, has needed serious support since the fall, when the Securities Exchange Commission launched an investigation into $25 million she invested from her hedge fund, Directors Financial Group, with alleged scam artists who promised a 10% return, Forbes magazine reports.

"She was incredibly naive," Forbes' Carrie Coolidge told us. "Who would believe you'd get 10% a month - and that they'd donate a portion of the proceeds to charity?"

Aniston and Vaughn originally hit Chicago while filming their romantic comedy, "The Break-Up." They then came back to smooch publicly in restaurants and on hotel terraces, and set the Chicago media all atwitter when Aniston, who'd just divorced Brad Pitt, accompanied Vaughn and a real-estate broker on a tour of Mr. T's $7.5 million estate.

But they were also paying visits to Vaughn's mother in the home where the actor grew up, in suburban Lake Forest.

Over the next few months, Sharon Vaughn even wore a wire and clandestinely introduced a Secret Service agent to one of the alleged perpetrators of the scheme, which led to arrests, adds the business mag (which, ironically, has Angelina Jolie on the cover). But the 64-year-old mother, once ranked one of the nation's top money managers by Bloomberg Wealth Manager, had to give up her license, pay $809,000 and agree to be barred from the industry - even though she was the scammee, not the scammer. About $21 million has been recovered and returned to 27 investors - Sharon's own $2 million will be the last to be paid back should all the money be found.

Asked if Sharon's smarter-than-most-actors son had invested his hard-earned cash from "Dodgeball" and "Swingers," a spokesman for Sharon said, "I can neither confirm nor deny that."

Cops gather no Moss

Kate Moss has skirted drug charges.

The British supermodel won't face criminal prosecution - despite videotape showing her snorting lines of powder at a London recording studio last year.

"The film footage provides an absolutely clear indication that Ms. Moss was using controlled drugs and providing them to others," Crown Prosecution Service director Rene Barclay said yesterday. But Barclay said authorities, who spent seven months on the probe, weren't convinced they could make their case without eyewitness testimony or forensic evidence establishing what was flying up Moss' nostrils.

Cops grilled the 32-year-old waif after the Daily Mirror splashed photos of her partying with then-boyfriend (and convicted drug user) Pete Doherty. But, when interrogated, Moss and other eyewitnesses wouldn't identify the substance.

Moss has never copped to taking illegal drugs, although she issued a statement last year apologizing for behavior which "reflected badly" on friends and family. She has spent time in rehab clinics in the U.S. and England.

The scandal led Burberry and H&M to snip ties with Moss. But she's since bounced back with covers for Vogue and Vanity Fair and a Nikon campaign.

Cheers, Kate. Anything we can fix you?

Side Dish

Uptown friends of photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders may never forget Wednesday night's party for his new "Thinking XXX" DVD. MoMA President Emerita Agnes Gund, former Time Inc. editor in chief Norman Pearlstine and social lioness Tinsley Mortimer found themselves brushing up against porn stars Savanna Samson (pushing her new white wine), Ron Jeremy, Gina Lynn and Heather Hunter, plus Dennis Hof's Bunny Ranch hookers. The high point of the Rivington Hotel party may have been when Karin Rabinowitz, shooting her Bravo pilot, "Secrets of a New York Party Girl," asked actor Chad Hunt about his famous endowment, prompting him to produce the evidence. … Anderson Cooper has scored like Beckham with the first U.S. interview with Angelina Jolie since the birth of Shiloh, her daughter with Brad Pitt. Cooper taped the interview earlier this week in L.A, but his staff was kept in the dark until Wednesday. The chat airs next Tuesday at 10 p.m. Cooper, whose "Dispatches From the Edge" hits No. 1 on Sunday's New York Times best-seller list, gives a pretty compelling interview himself. He tells Time his brother's suicide, in front of mom Gloria Vanderbilt, was like "someone stepping out of the shadows and stabbing you with a stiletto." … Do comics at Jerry Lewis' Friars Club roast feel guilty about razzing the 81-year-old just before his heart attack over the weekend? Richard Belzer quipped, "We're just looking for a sixth pallbearer." And Freddie Roman snapped, "The Orleans Casino in Vegas gave him a lifetime contract. The over and under on that is Thursday." … A Vietnamese Appeals Court has upheld glam rocker Gary Glitter's child molestation conviction, sending him to jail for the next three years. … Comic Wanda Sykes showed up right on time in the New York Liberty locker room to cheer up Loree Moore, Becky Hammon and the rest of the team after their Tuesday loss to the Indiana Fever. … Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart took a break from their chores on his Wyoming ranch to see his former assistant Samara Koffler's gripping thriller, "Stephanie Daley."

With Jo Piazza and Chris Rovzar



Originally published on June 16, 2006

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