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Schwimmer’s secret wedding, Another new Jewish couple, ...

by nate bloom

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Schwimmer’s secret wedding

David Schwimmer, 43, best known for playing Ross Geller on “Friends,” has married for the first time. Last week, his press rep announced that Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman, 25, his girlfriend of three years, wed in a “private ceremony” in June. No photos of the ceremony or further details were immediately forthcoming.

If you relied solely on the coverage, to date, in the general (and Jewish) media, this is what you’d know about Buckman: She’s English and quite pretty; she and Schwimmer met in 2007 when he patronized an exclusive London club where she was working as a waitress; and now she’s a part-time photographer.

However, your intrepid Celebrity Jews reporter has dug through obscure Web sources to find out a lot more. As the pieces fell into place, it became apparent that the newlyweds have a lot in common. David comes from a moderately religious, high-achieving home (his parents are both Beverly Hills lawyers). Theater has been his passion since he was a child. While still in college, he was a co-founder of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. He has regularly appeared on the stage in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and London.

Zoe’s mother, Jennie Buckman, is Jewish and Zoe described herself as Jewish in a recent civil rights petition that she, her mother and her uncle, Peter Buckman, signed. Jennie was the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts’ head of acting from 1986 to 2007, when she left to found her own London-based theater company. Jennie is also a playwright and a TV writer for the BBC. Last May, her company put on a performance of a new play written by Jennie. (Schwimmer, a major patron of the company, was in attendance.) Peter Buckman is an important literary agent who also writes (TV’s “Inspector Morse”).

Zoe’s father, Nick Blatchley, a government health expert, is not Jewish. Nick’s late mother, who had a Jewish father (but was not raised Jewish), was the sister-in-law of Sir Alec Guinness, the famous English actor.


Another new Jewish couple

On Sept. 28, actor-writer Seth Rogen, 28, announced that he and his girlfriend of four years, Lauren Miller, also 28, were engaged. As with Zoe Buckman, a lot of Web research revealed that Miller is a Jewish woman with an interesting background.

A filmmaker who has had small parts in several Rogen films, Miller was raised on Long Island and in Lakeland, Fla. In 2003, she wrote and directed a short dramatic film, “Happy Holidays,” about the difficulties a Jewish girl faces when she is “inundated” with Christmas. The girl feels particularly besieged when her public middle school teacher asks her, and the rest of the class, to write a letter to Santa Claus.

The film is semi-autobiographical — Miller, a very pretty woman, was a cheerleader at her Florida high school, but she raised a stir when she refused to march in Lakeland’s Christmas parade with the rest of her squad. “Happy Holidays” was shown at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and the festival board was so taken with the film that they created, on the spot, a “best college student film award” and gave it to Miller.

Rogen, a very average-looking fellow who recently slimmed down, has become an unlikely film star with a string of hits including “Knocked-Up,” “Superbad” and “The Pineapple Express.” His Canadian parents met on an Israeli kibbutz and he attended an Orthodox elementary school in Vancouver.


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