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Did Denise Richards have an ulterior motive to encourage Heather Locklear to divorce?
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updated 4/27/2006 3:22:26 PM ET 2006-04-27T19:22:26

Were Denise Richards and Richie Sambora an item before he split from Heather Locklear?

Locklear recently met with ex-hubby Sambora and her former good friend Richards, and the two broke the news that they were dating, according to In Touch Weekly.

But apparently the history goes back a little further. “[Richards] was the one who told Heather to file for divorce,” an insider told the mag. “Now it looks like she had an ulterior motive.”

The Sheens and the Samboras were neighbors in Westlake Village, a ritzy area in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. After both couples split, the hubbys moved out, but the wives stayed in the houses. The friendship, however, is kaput.

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“Heather thinks Denise is the worst kind of woman — a backstabber,” a “pal” told the mag. “She wants nothing to do with her ever again.”

Top Gun no more
How the Top Gun’s image has fallen. Tom Cruise, who was once known as Cruise Control for the tight control he had over his image, is now the subject of ridicule by a drag queen who tours college campuses.

Vaginal Davis, who has been described as a “tall, muscular African-American drag queen” made Cruise the butt of jokes at a recent Gay Pride Week performance at Ohio University.

“Davis mocked the Hollywood star for his pretentious attitude toward psychiatry and prescription drugs (fueled by Scientology),” as well as made cracks about Cruise’s sexuality, reports student newspaper The Athens News. Davis also featured a photo montage entitled “Tom Cruise Loves Women.”

“Does this mean Mr. Cruise will call up his famous pit bull lawyer Bert Fields to come in and take down the drag queen?” asked Rick Ross of Cultnews.com. “Scientology’s ‘Top Gun’ has gone from Hollywood’s leading man to the punch line of party jokes.”

Notes from all over
John Travolta is actively involved in the casting of the movie version of “Dallas.” Screenwriter Gurinder Chadha says that the “Pulp Fiction” star, who is playing the lead role of J.R. Ewing in the big screen remake of the TV series, is helping choose his leading ladies. “I’m going to the [United] States next week to meet up with John, as we still haven’t finished casting,” Chadha told the London Independent. “We need to find actors to play Lucy and Pammy, and we still haven’t found a ranch location yet. We’re looking all over the South for somewhere suitable.”  . . . Gwyneth Paltrow has been crowned the U.K.’s fashion queen by Harper’s Bazaar.  . . .  Looks like Shirley MacLaine has better chats with her dogs than her grandkids. “I’m not a doting aunt or grandmother,” the 72 year old actress — whose 48-year-old daughter has two children — told Readers Digest. “I think if you’re doting, they don’t tell you what’s on their minds.”  But her pooches — well, they’ve had some intense talks with MacLaine. “They’ve shown me things I’ve never seen or noticed before,” MacLaine said. “I’ve learned about worms, bees, trees and insects. Nothing pleases me more than seeing them happy.”

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