DAY ONE: 1:30 a.m. British loveboat and one-man charm school HUGH GRANT, for reasons best kept to himself, visits the seediest stretch of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and invites working girl DIVINE BROWN a.k.a. Pancake a.k.a. Stella Marie Thompson into his rented BMW. They strike a deal that entails his giving her, among other things, $45. At about 1:45 a.m. the local constabulary interrupts. "I did something completely insane," says Grant later. Around the world, people agree. Day's Big Rumor: Brown is a guy.

DAY TWO: When the news hits Britain, where Grant is almost as popular as oxygen, people are...

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