Curse of Scarlett Johansson fervour
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IN the profit and loss columns of contemporary celebrity, what goes where is a question we could probably all make a fair stab at answering.
Take the case of Scarlett Johansson.
Profit? Easy. The list would include the following: the $US7 million ($7.3 million) Los Angeles home she purchased last year with her huge film earnings; her status as Hollywood royalty and funky indie-film darling; the fact directors such as Woody Allen and Sofia Coppola beat a path to her agent; and her 2006 coronation by a US magazine as “the sexiest woman alive”.
And loss? Easy again, albeit tainted for many by a get-over-it, call-those-problems sneer. Into that column would go the privacy the 23-year-old has sacrificed and that she guards fiercely. In, too, the poison she is powerless to prevent people spreading about her: that Tom Cruise allegedly tried to recruit her to Scientology in an audition; that she and actor Benicio del Toro had sex in a hotel lift following the 2004 Oscars; that she has slept her way to success. [The Australian]