Brandy announces she eloped. Plus, news about Shannen Doherty, Nicolas Cage, Lisa Marie Presley, "The Guardian," "The West Wing," Winona Ryder, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, and others

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HITCHING POST We know what she did last summer. Since her TV show ”Moesha” ended its five-year run last year, Brandy has kept a low profile as an undergraduate at Malibu’s Pepperdine University, but the 22-year-old revealed during a visit yesterday to MTV’s ”Total Request Live” that she eloped last summer with Robert Smith. He’s a producer who’s worked with Michael Jackson and the Spice Girls and is not to be confused with the Medusa-haired lead singer of The Cure. It’s the first marriage for both.

”I’ve fallen in love with a very warm, gentle, understanding and focused person,” Brandy said in a separate statement. ”This summer we married quietly. A new experience, a new day for me — I couldn’t be happier!” Plus she’s got a new delivery on the way next month: an album called ”Full Moon,” her first release in four years….

Shannen Doherty‘s new husband, Rick Solomon, is a movie producer, but he’s not the Rick Solomon who’s produced such studio fare as ”I Am Sam” and ”Traffic,” as reported yesterday. Rather, says Doherty’s publicist, he’s an independent producer, though his chief business appears to be an online gambling site, which may explain the pair’s Las Vegas wedding before a handful of family and friends last weekend. Of course, a quickie Vegas wedding is also not unusual for Doherty, who married actor Ashley Hamilton in 1993 just two weeks after they met (they were divorced six months later) and who’s reportedly been dating Solomon for only a few months. It’s the second trip down the aisle as well for Solomon, 32, who has two kids from his first marriage….

Not getting married anytime soon, despite recent rumors of their engagement, are Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley. ”Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley ended their 10-month relationship two weeks ago,” his publicist said. ”They hope to remain friendly.” No word on why the King’s daughter and the Godfather’s nephew split. At least Presley is not spending time at Heartbreak Hotel. She’s been hanging out with her pre-Cage beau and ex-fiance, singer John Oszajca, though her spokesperson says, ”Lisa Marie is just friends with John. She remains friends with all of her exes.”



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