July 4, 2013

On Independence Day, a salute to all the single ladies


Beyonce sang it best: “All the single ladies, all the single ladies!” Though the entertainer isn’t a bachelorette, plenty of Hollywood actresses are, and on Independence Day, we salute their spirit.

Diane Keaton, 67: The preppy Oscar winner ( Annie Hall) has had her share of enviable romances — e.g., Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino — but flies solo, raising two adopted kids by herself. Earlier this year Keaton told AARP a possible reason: “Relationships are hard. You’re lucky if you find someone.”

Susan Boyle, 52: The Scot who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent is a movie star too now, playing a church warden’s wife in the upcoming Christmas Candle. Boyle told The Scottish Sun she’s ready to be one off-screen, too. “I want to find a man. . . . I really want to start going on dates and I’ve asked my friends to set me up. I’d like to settle down one day.”

Dana Delany, 57: One of TV’s sexiest medical examiners on Body of Proof told The Talk panel in 2011 that she’s not the marrying kind. Could be because her parents divorced. “I didn’t see marriage as this positive thing, and it just wasn’t something that I thought was going to make me happy so I didn’t really look for it.” Though Delany doesn’t mind relationships, she isn’t sure she could give up her freedom. “I like my alone time, I like working weird hours. If I feel like taking a nap at 3 o’clock, I will; if I feel like staying up all night, I will; if I feel like leaving clothes on the floor, I will.”

Sheryl Crow, 51: The country crooner lives the good life in Nashville, with her two adopted boys. But it doesn’t sound as if she is averse to walking down the aisle; Lance Armstrong famously said the reason they split was she was nagging him to set a wedding date. Eric Clapton was her favorite mistake, though.

Cameron Diaz, 40: We don’t worry about this former model who has men like A-Rod, Justin Timberlake and Jared Leto in her wake. But Lady Gaga is reportedly nervous the actress is getting too close to beau Taylor Kinney while shooting the romcom ironically titled The Other Woman.

Oprah Winfrey, 59: The TV diva has been with Chicago businessman Stedman Graham since 1986 (and got engaged in 1992), but they never made it official. Maybe because she likes her OWN bank account. But The National Enquirer reported last year Winfrey was looking to stage a live wedding with Graham to bolster viewers on her cable network.

Diana Ross, 69: The Supremes legend had a tumultously exciting love life, having one child out of wedlock with Motown exec Berry Gordy and two marriages. The mother of five (son Evan is dating Ashlee Simpson) doesn’t seem to think marriage is the cure for a love hangover. Read all about it in her upcoming memoir, Upside Down: Wrong Turns, Right Turns and the Road Ahead.

Sharon Stone, 55: Many have tried, but few could keep up. The mom of two adopted boys does things her own way. The twice married actress even tried things out with a boytoy (Argentine model Martin Mica, 27), but loving herself seems to be the greatest love of all.

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