They’ll always have Fort Lauderdale.
Daniel Baldwin popped the question to his girlfriend of about a year, entrepreneur Robin Hempel, on Thursday night while the couple was in town for the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, People magazine first reported.
The sober actor, who did a memorable 2008 stint on Celebrity Rehab, surprised his now-fiancee, 48, by hiding the five-carat engagement ring — that he designed — in a glass of cranberry juice.
Hempel — who, according to her Twitter account, is a women’s educator for the “root causes of hair loss” and owns a hair-friendly pillowcase company in Orlando — said yes. Baldwin’s a fast worker: In May, he appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Wife Swap with ex Isabella Hofmann.
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The next evening the former Homicide: Life On The Street star, 54, got more good news when he was presented with the FLiFF Renaissance Award at the second annual Chairman’s Awards Gala held at the Diplomat Resort. George Hamilton also picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award handed to him by his ex wife, Alana Hamilton Stewart. How’s that for amicable divorces?
On Sunday, Baldwin and Hempel were at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa for FLIFF’s wrap party after the screening of The Wisdom to Know the Difference, about a troubled man’s journey to stay clean and out of jail. Baldwin wrote, directed and stars in the film that premiered during the fest.
Andy Cohen talks to people for a living as host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, but after an “intense” multi-city tour for his new book, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year, he was understandably a tad fatigued.
Cohen was the guest of honor for a Gilt City party at Villa Azur restaurant-lounge in Miami Beach, where attendees paid $50 a pop to receive a signed copy of the book, sip on prosecco and interact in a Q&A.
Before the chat with fans, Cohen sat down with a few local reporters and couldn’t help but sneak out a yawn or two. He’d been up earlier in the day for a 10 a.m. Miami Book Fair International appearance. And afterward, the New York resident was spotted lounging with friends and taking selfies with guests at the Delano Beach Club.
“Today went really well. Everyone was super nice,” Cohen said. “I love Miami. I love coming here and staying at a great hotel and being waited on. But yes, I’m tired. I’ve been traveling nonstop. It’s all fun, though.”
Some R&R is coming up. The Missouri native heads home to the St. Louis area to see his family for Thanksgiving. He’ll crash at his folks’ place and do traditional things like eat turkey, sit by the fireplace and not interview celebrities.
“I sleep so well when I’m home,” said Cohen, who got a chance to interact with a few former employees — Real Housewives of Miami costars, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Lea Black and Adriana De Moura, who was sporting a hat due to recent skin cancer surgery on her forehead. Lisa Hochstein was nowhere to be found. A quick scan of her Facebook page placed the model (who now fronts a wellness website) in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. And Joanna Krupa lives most of the year in L.A. so she didn’t show, either.
One intrepid crowdmember at Villa Azur asked if RHOM would ever be resurrected.
“Never say never,” said Cohen, who had perked up at this point. “And I never do!”
Sean Kenniff is going to need the skills he acquired as a contestant on Survivor in a few months. The father of one will soon be a father of three. The celebrity neurologist’s wife, writer Esther Martinez Kenniff, is pregnant with twins — a boy and a girl, she posted on Facebook. The couple already are parents to Lilou, who turns 2 in January.
— MADELEINE MARR