Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 19, 2013

Around the Town: Living in a fish bowl

By Jan Boston Sellers
Chronicle correspondent

— Two stories out of Hollywood this week; both, unfortunately, were predictable: another celebrity dies of an alleged overdose, and George Clooney is single again. Neither of the stories is shocking, although the death of another young actor is heartbreaking.

Cory Monteith, star of the musical comedy drama "Glee," was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada, hotel at the age of 31. The multi-talented Monteith, who played the affable Finn, had just completed drug rehabilitation for the second time in March of this year. Monteith’s family, his "Glee" family and friends are devastated at the loss. The cast was scheduled to begin filming another season of the Fox show in just two weeks. But filming may be delayed to allow the actors and actresses to grieve, particularly Monteith’s on- and off-screen love Lea Michelle, who was very supportive of him and his efforts to get clean.

Monteith’s death is another installment in a heart-wrenching series of celebrities who often conjoin fame with drug abuse: Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, John Belushi, Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, Brittany Murphy and Michael Jackson — all died early as a result of accidental drug overdose.

Obviously, I have never been a young celebrity and I can’t imagine what living your life in a fish bowl is like. But apparently, there are problems surrounding “getting too much, too soon.”

George Clooney. Please let me preface the following remarks with this qualifier: although more than half of American women of all ages love the 54-year-old bachelor, I don’t get the appeal. The other thing I don’t understand is why young, beautiful, single women keep dating him over and over again?

Let me explain. Clooney has made it abundantly clear in various and sundry interviews throughout the print media, on television and the Web that he is not interested in ever marrying again. Ever. Not interested. Doesn’t want to marry. Won’t marry. Yet, over and over again, he snares a new woman only to lose her a few years later when she finally hears what he told her on the first date: he doesn’t want to get married again. His split with former WWE Model Stacy Keibler was due to his “lack of interest in remarrying or having children.” Keibler, according to reports, wants both.

What I am having difficulty ascertaining is why any woman who wants to marry and have children would date Clooney, when he, by his own admission, wants neither of those. And, oh, by the way, has literally almost shouted it from atop the Hollywood sign. I understand the women think they will be the one who will change his mind so they allow themselves to be caught up in his stardom, Italian villas, yachts and red carpet evenings without really hearing what he is saying.

What Clooney really needs is a woman who is middle aged, past child birthing years, disinterested in marrying and would date him infinitely for all the aforementioned reasons. But, you see, that is not what Clooney dates: he prefers the young, beautiful women who are highly capable of having children and wanting marriage. After his current girl realizes she can’t change his mind after all, the couple splits. She gets in the trail of tears line, and a few weeks later Clooney is out in town with another gorgeous young woman. There is always a bevy of beauties waiting to pick up the title of Clooney’s girlfriend.

I am thinking Clooney should date, let’s say, Katie Couric. She has college-aged daughters, fame and fortune of her own, and she, like Clooney, is a serial dater. Couric has said her late husband was the “love of her life” and admits she may not remarry either. So, a Clooney-Couric match seems perfect. But then, he is George Clooney, and for reasons that escape me, every woman who dates Clooney wants to marry him.

I am not blaming Clooney. He has said over and over again what he wants. So why does he continue to date young women and then dump them when the pressure to marry becomes unbearable? The answer is because he can!

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Speaking of celebrities, if you want to be the next Cumberland County Fair Idol, you need to be at tryouts Friday night at the Palace Theatre. Preliminary judging will begin at 6 p.m. for both the Junior and Senior Fair Idol. There is no entry fee and you may register at the door. You must be a resident of Cumberland County to enter. Junior division is 17 and under and Senior is 18 and up. If you need additional information, call Fair Association Member Linda Bottoms at 248-6998.