MARK Ronson was already the best-connected man in music but now he’s dating a daughter of Hollywood royalty.
I’ve learned the super-producer has for several months been quietly seeing American actress Grace Gummer, whose mum is Oscar winner Meryl Streep.
He has even been introduced to Mamma Mia! icon Meryl.
Londoner Mark was photographed having a meal with Grace in New York last September but I’m told they have grown closer and been spending more time together when he has been in the States.
A source close to Mark said: “He is definitely dating Grace. Things have become romantic.
“Lockdown restrictions have made things more difficult, especially when he has been back in the UK, but they are seeing how it goes and are getting along.
“Mark is pretty private, so he has kept the whole relationship low-key but it really seems to be heating up.”
He has been taken back to Grace’s family home to meet her parents — Meryl and her long-time husband, US sculptor Don Gummer.
The source added: “They seemed to like him, which is a good sign. It would be daunting for any guy to try to charm Meryl Streep.”
Mark does have practice at winning over famous parents, though. In 2003 He proposed to Grammy-winning US music producer Quincy Jones’ daughter Rashida, who appeared in 2010 film The Social Network and 2019’s Toy Story 4.
That didn’t work out but he has since had romances with Brit actress Genevieve Gaunt, whose film credits include Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban, and talent executive Rebecca Schwartz, following his 2017 split from his wife, French model and actress Josephine De La Baume.
Grace has appeared in US TV series’ including drama thriller Mr Robot and American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Mark is believed to be Grace’s first love interest since she split from her husband, musician Tay Strathairn, son of The Bourne Ultimatum actor David Strathairn, in August 2019 after just 42 days of marriage.
Their divorce was finalised last summer.
Mark, who has worked with Miley Cyrus, Amy Winehouse and Adele, has not got into acting but did win a 2019 Oscar for Best Original Song, for Lady Gaga’s Shallow which he co-wrote for the film A Star Is Born.
Two more of those coveted golden statuettes and he will be on an equal footing with his girlfriend’s mum.
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Rita leaves rest in shade
RITA Ora appeared to have had a lightbulb moment in this gigantic hat, which made her look like a human-sized lampshade.
The normally chic singer dressed in the enormous tasselled hat with a matching, skintight jumpsuit as she headed out for the evening in Sydney, in Oz. She is Down Under as a coach for The Voice Australia.
Rita will play a set at the city’s Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday, so it’s possible she’s just road-testing some fashion choices for the big gig.
It could be fitting though. This outfit is a bit more Boy George than boujee.
Celine’s classic album is coming back to you
IF you wanted some news to make you feel old, Celine Dion’s album Falling Into You turns 25 next week.
To celebrate the March 12 landmark she has remastered the video of her single of the same name from the record – which won two Grammys and sold more than 32 million copies when it was released in 1996.
The album, which was a UK No1, includes the classics It’s All Coming Back To Me Now and Because You Loved Me.
Fans will next see the Canadian superstar in the UK when she tours nationwide in May and June next year.
JODIE Comer is in talks to star opposite Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix in director Ridley Scott’s new film Kitbag.
The Oscar winner will play Napoleon Bonaparte in the biopic about the 19th century French emperor, while Killing Eve star Jodie is being tipped to portray his wife Josephine.
She is believed to have impressed Ridley while working on his historical drama The Last Duel, which also stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck and is due out in October.
Carr's new bodywork
IF you spotted Jimmy Carr’s hair transplant after we came out of the second lockdown it isn’t the only thing making him look different.
The comedian also splashed out on Botox before getting a new set of teeth when dentists opened in the autumn.
Unsurprisingly, Jimmy got a bit of flak for having the cosmetic treatments while the UK was attempting to ride out the global pandemic.
But does he care? Of course not.
When asked if he felt guilty, Jimmy said: “Not really, because it’s not like the technicians doing that would have been on a Covid ward. It’s not like they’ll go, ‘This guy is dying of Covid’.
“I do feel better for the plastic surgery as well, because what I imagined in my head matches what I see in the mirror.
“The great illusion of being on TV, which is not really talked about very much, is you see yourself at your very best in full make-up and lit well.
“If you happen to flick by something and then you look in the mirror, you say, ‘That is disappointing’.”
And it won’t be long before Jimmy is booking back in for even more work.
He told Gabby Logan on her Mid Point podcast: “I think maintaining is the thing.
“I don’t think there’s anything you can do plastic surgery-wise or augmentation-wise that makes you look better, you just sort of stay the same, that’s all you could hope for.”
Bruno's super Sonic sounds
BRUNO Mars is making the most of his return to music by tying it in with a big-money collaboration with clothing brand Lacoste.
The Grenade singer has created alter ego Ricky Regal for the name of his first clothing collection for the label. Bruno is seen, right, modelling it with his musician pal Anderson Paak, left.
The pair have also created a new group together called Silk Sonic and have announced an album, An Evening With Silk Sonic.
The first single from it is released tomorrow.
Bruno and Anderson toured together in 2017, including the UK. Given how great they were live then, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that another tour might be with us soon.
Olly to give it one last shot
OLLY Murs has become a mainstay of Soccer Aid, playing six times, twice as captain.
But this year’s charity footie match will likely be his last time playing after his surgeon warned him he is at risk of serious injury following his knee surgery in 2019.
Olly, pictured, said: “I’ll do it one more time. My surgeon and doctor said I shouldn’t but I think one more time would be nice.
“I’m in fantastic shape. This is the best version of me and I’m really happy to see what I can do next.”
He is living with girlfriend Amelia Tank, a bodybuilder, but said she hasn’t fully cured him when it comes to his big bad habit – snacking.
He said on an Instagram Live: “I have this issue that Amelia will open a bag of Maltesers Buttons. She’ll only have like three or four but then I’ll finish the pack.
“I haven’t got the discipline. I can’t put it to the side. Once I’ve opened it I have to finish them.
“Being at home, the fridge has become a best friend to all of us when we’re bored.
“So what’s happened is now that I’m at home more I’m having to fight my demons. I think if I can do it at home, I can do it anywhere. I’m being good.”
He’s a better man than me.
Rights, drugs, fantasy in Rising Star contest
THE shortlist has been announced for the Bafta EE Rising Star Award, celebrating the most promising screen acting talent.
Kingsley Ben-Adir, pictured, who plays the civil rights leader Malcolm X in black power movie One Night In Miami, is one of five nominees and they are all British.
Conrad Khan gets a nod for drugs flick County Lines and Morfydd Clark – currently in New Zealand filming the Lord Of The Rings TV series – for horror film Saint Maud.
Sope Dirisu is in the running thanks to action fantasy The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and Bukky Bakray for coming-of-age drama Rocks.
Bukky, who is just 18, says of her inspiration: “When it came to pursuing a career in acting, it was actually not an actor, it was Jay-Z. I love hip-hop and it informs everything I do.
“Jay-Z has a bar, ‘All I’ve got is dreams, but nobody else could see, no- body else believ- es, nobody else but me’.
“I feel like before Rocks I never really believed in dreams. I always say the women in Rocks taught me how to dream.”
Fans can vote for their Rising Star Award winner through EE’s website ahead of the Baftas ceremony on April 11.
Starting Pistol for Jude’s girl
JUDE Law’s daughter is to follow in her actor parents’ footsteps.
She is making her TV debut in a new drama series about the Sex Pistols.
Iris Law, whose mum is Sadie Frost, will play punk-rock icon Soo Catwoman – who in 1976 styled her hair like she had two cat ears – in Danny Boyle six-parter Pistol, about the Seventies trailblazer band.
The action is set in London and based on the memoir of Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, played by Toby Wallace. The band’s frontman, Johnny Rotten, is played by Anson Boon.
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Director Danny said: “This is the moment British society and culture changed for ever.
“It is the deton-ation point for British street culture. Every-one feared or followed them – the Sex Pistols.
“At its centre was a charming, illiterate kleptomaniac, a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became, in his words, the 94th-greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”
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