People: Jul. 10, 2000

NOT WASTING TIME

After nine years of marriage, one kid and one shared cinematic triumph about a man stuck inside Martin Short's intestine, Dennis Quaid and MEG RYAN announced their separation this week. Their shared publicist says the breakup took place six weeks ago and insists no third party was involved. But no sooner had word got out than photos of Ryan and Gladiator's RUSSELL CROWE started popping up. The two met in Ecuador while shooting Proof of Life, a drama in which Crowe plays a hostage negotiator who falls for Ryan, the wife of the captive he's trying to...

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