Date: 24th November 2001
British OSCAR-winner KATE WINSLET has stunned new lover SAM MENDES by turning down a role in his next stage production. The TITANIC (1997) beauty, who split from her husband JIM THREAPLETON in September (01), has been dating the AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) director since leaving her spouse, by whom she has 14-month-old daughter MIA.
Sam wanted to cast Kate in either a CHEKOV play or in SHAKESPEARE'S TWELFTH NIGHT, but the HEAVENLY CREATURES (1994) star is already committed to filming another role. (JLM/WNTSU/KW)