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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/27/2009

Rosie O'Donnell in the nanny club? I think not.

By Liz Kelly

Rosie O'Donnell and Kelli Carpenter in 2003. (AP)
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Nannies: The new must-have accessory?: What's with all the celebs who hook up with the nanny? I didn't realize Rosie had joined the Jude Law-Ethan Hawke club too. -- from last week's Celebritology Live chat.

Hmmm, maybe we should shut this one down before it picks up traction. I'm not sure where you got your information, pardner, but Rosie has been married to Kelli Carpenter -- a former Nickelodeon exec -- for the past five years. And, despite last week's news that the two have separated and will likely embark on a complicated and closely-watched divorce, I haven't seen anything attributing the split to infidelity or anyone getting overly friendly with the help.

But, if you're jonesing for a list of celebs who have made a love connection at home, here's a definitive run down -- in no particular order:

-- Ethan Hawke was generally labeled a king-sized loser when he split from wife Uma Thurman to take up with Ryan Shawhughes, nanny to the then-couple's two children. It should be noted that Hawke says the relationship did not start until after his split from Thurman. He and Shawhughes married in June 2008 and have a child of their own, Clementine Jane Hawke, now a little over a year old.

-- Jude Law solidified his reputation as a ladies' man when, in 2005, one of his kids caught him cheating on fiancee Sienna Miller with nanny Daisy Wright. Although Law lost Miller (who he blamed for driving him into the nanny's arms) and didn't pursue a long-term relationship with Wright, the latter eulogized their brief affair thusly: "It was mind-blowing rampant sex. He is a great lover and he knows how to satisfy a woman."

-- Robin Williams, sly dog that he is, married Marsha Garces -- his son's nanny -- in 1989. At the time, Garces was already pregnant with the couple's first child. Last year, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences.

-- Long-time nanny to Michael Jackson's kids, Grace Rwaramba, was rumored to be his secret girlfriend -- despite the fact that she was married not just once, but twice, while in his employ. Rwaramba maintains that the two were just friends. I'm inclined to believe her.

-- Nanny Stephanie Santoro claims she had a brief fling with class act Jon Gosselin -- father of eight and Ed Hardy victim -- shortly after his separation from wife Kate. At the same time, Gosselin was also linked to a tabloid reporter and Hailey Glassman, the young daughter of his wife's plastic surgeon.

By Liz Kelly  | October 27, 2009; 11:55 AM ET
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clarification: I think the rumor was Kelli Carpenter was the kids' nanny before she and Rosie go together. So Rosie would not have cheated with the nanny, but she would have ended up with the nanny just the same.

So....WAS Carpenter the nanny before she and Rosie got together? That would put the commenter's question in a different light.

Posted by: ishkabibbleA | October 27, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

NM, I'll just assume that a "former Nickelodeon exec" wasn't doing some freelance childcare to bring in extra money....

Posted by: ishkabibbleA | October 27, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I was the one who posted the comment that started this article, so I will clarify that what ishkabibble posted is precisely what I was asking. That the future Mrs. O'Donnell was the kids' nanny, and that's how she and Rosie met. My point being that celebs often hook up with their employee, the nanny -- I wasn't thinking of whether they cheated on someone else, just that they chose the nanny as a partner.

Posted by: Californian11 | October 27, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Gives a whole new meaning to "Super Nanny," n'est pas? [wink]

How I yearn for the olden days, when the idea of Alice making it with Mike Brady or Mr. French serving anything other than breakfast to Uncle Bill was unthinkable.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 27, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Well who knows how much fun Ms. Garrett had with the girls on the Facts of Life...

Perhaps she's the reason George Clooney will never marry....

Posted by: LTL1 | October 27, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

and don't get us started on Mary Poppins. A spoonful of sugar indeed!

Posted by: hodie | October 27, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Getting caught in flagrante delicto with the au pair:

Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | October 27, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Getting caught in flagrante delicto with the au pair:

Nanny Nanny Boo-Boo

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | October 27, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

sploot! Add it to the dictionary! Is Mudge still the keeper or was it Nosy? Haven't seen Mudge around in eons. Are you out there?

Posted by: hodie | October 27, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I can kind of see why it's so common; nannies are one of the people inside the bubble of a celeb's personal life. And they spend a lot of time with your kids; that's a pretty powerful thing to bond over. (I'm thinking more of the Rosie O'Donnell meet-and-marry situation, not the Jude Law hey-let's-have-a-fling situation.) Good question, Californian.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | October 27, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

You gotta wonder about Mr. Belvedere and marsha Owens. There was a lot of winking...

Posted by: MzFitz | October 27, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

... same goes for Nanny and the Professor (now I'm REALLY dating myself).

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 27, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Bawlmer, to expand upon your point, the Nanny may also be very nurturing and supportive of the celebrity, in the same way she is to the children. That would seem attractive to a celebrity. Same reason so many of them fall for their makeup artists.

Posted by: Roxie1 | October 27, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

True, Roxie. (Hell, "nurturing and supportive" sounds pretty good in general.)
Huh, do lots of celebs fall for their makeup artists? (That kind of makes sense too, though, these are people who see you at your crusty-eyed, bed-headed worst, and it must be a relief to let down that image of perfection.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | October 27, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

... same goes for Nanny and the Professor (now I'm REALLY dating myself).

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 27, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

And Hazel and Beulah and Nell Harper and "Charles in Charge" and Alice Nelson.

Posted by: jezebel3 | October 28, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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