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RACHEL IN LA: The latest word from Hollywood; Rachel Blackburn reports from Hollywood.

Byline: Rachel Blackburn

H THEY may spill the beans to their therapists, but even in LA most people tend to keep the intimate details of their love life and divorce private.

Not so Steven Dworman, who has turned the story of his messy break-up into a cathartic pounds 1 million comedy called Divorce, The Musical.

The novice film-maker financed, wrote, directed and starred in the 86-minute movie, and now he's rented a Santa Monica theatre - just five blocks from his ex-wife's home - so people can come and see it.

The movie chronicles the hard-luck story of a man's acrimonious divorce and his subsequent efforts to win the affection of his teenage daughter.

Dworman, of Brentwood, Los Angeles, spent pounds 30,000 advertising the film and in a move of solidarity with other divorcees, free admission is available to those who turn up and show divorce papers dated April or May. Dworman - who briefly remarried after divorcing his wife - is now working on another script. But he says it won't be Divorce, The Sequel for which Diana Twomey - ex-wife number two - will surely be grateful.

H IF Dworman ever achieves major fame as an actor or director, he may be among those who apply for a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

This year's submissions have a deadline for the end of May, when Hollywood's ceremonial mayor Johnny Grant and his five-member committee will review some 300 requests for the 15-20 stars that will go to famous names.

Generally publicists, labels and fanclubs nominate stars but people have been known to take matters into their own hands.

Grant says he was recently walking along Hollywood Boulevard when a sumo wrestler spotted him and demanded a star.

The mayor says the big man wasn't too happy when he was rejected: ``He got very upset. I got frightened and ran.'' The sumo wrestler would have needed a sideline in acting or singing, although that is no guarantee of eligibility for a star. To be given the honour, a celebrity must have achieved fame in movies, television, radio, music or live performance. They must also pay around pounds 11,000 which covers the dedication ceremony and the making of the star.

And another requirement is that they attend the dedication ceremony - unless the award is a posthumous one.

``They don't have to be there for that. We let them skip it,'' Grant adds helpfully.
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Date:May 12, 2002
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