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McCarthy turns new page with divorce

Jenny McCarthy was writing a light-hearted book about marriage — until her divorce.

The former pin-up penned a book called “Marriage Laughs” and a source says she had just sold the humorous, how-to guide for $1 million.

“Jenny was deliriously in love with her husband and her book, which is hilarious, was going to be a [part of a] series about marriage,” says a source. “Jenny was going to be the spokeswoman for a generation of young, sassy, married women. But just as the contract was being signed, Jenny filed for divorce.”

“Irreconcilable differences” were cited in McCarthy’s split from her husband of six years, John Asher, who directed her in the film “Diamonds.” The book, however, will survive — in a different form. It will be published this spring by Dutton. “They’re changing the name to ‘Life Laughs: The Naked Truth From the Front Line,’” says the source. "The humor is still there, but some of the subject material is being changed — obviously.”

From loser to ‘Wedding Crasher’Vince Vaughn may be one of the big screen’s hottest stars — he’s rumored to be dating Jennifer Aniston — but in high school the “Wedding Crashers” star was reportedly a loser with the ladies.

“He was just hopeless with girls at high school,” former classmate and pal Todd Nelson told the London Mirror. “They saw him as the class clown. He was tall and scrawny and always playing practical jokes on teachers. The girls laughed at him but never fancied him..”

David Strain, Dean of Students at Lake Forest High School in Illinois, says Vaughn was fast-talking and smart-mouthed. “I knew that he would do something with humor,” Strain says. “But I figured he would end up in some kind of sales position.”

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