After eight seasons on "According to Jim," Courtney Thorne-Smith returns to episodic television as Jon Cryer's girlfriend on "Two and a Half Men." Many fans still remember her as sweet Allison from "Melrose Place" or jilted Georgia from "Ally McBeal." But the 42-year-old actress also is an author, whose 2007 novel, "Outside In," took a juicy look inside Hollywood. Born in San Francisco and residing in Los Angeles, Thorne-Smith doesn't have to look far when she needs a quick weekend trip. She heads for the beauty and tranquillity of Northern California.
Jennifer Aniston didn't only take Gerard Butler to Mexico, she also brought along an Access Hollywood crew for her 41st B-day celebrations. She explains to Billy Bush: "These people survive on us coming down and spending money and coming here to these beautiful places. It sort of made sense to sort of say, 'Hey, let's help out Mexico.' " Take that, Angie!