Owen Wilson's babymama Jade Duell is a Beltway girl with an intriguing federal government past
Update, Sat. 1/15: It's a boy
It's a Cinderella story with a Beltway twist: A-list movie star sweeps lowly federal employee off her feet.
(Or maybe not so lowly? That seems to be classified information for now.)
The announcement this week that Owen Wilson is about to become a first-time dad by girlfriend Jade Duell -- a name heretofore unknown to the celebrity-media industrial complex -- set off a flurry of fruitless Googling across the country. But we've learned she's a local. Duell, 28, grew up in a small Long Island beach community and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a degree in criminology -- which came in handy during one of her first jobs out of college, as a member of the Supreme Court's police force until 2006, the court confirmed Wednesday. For the past several years, public records show, she lived in the suburbs around Dulles Airport, before moving to Hawaii last month. (Sources told US magazine she plans to give birth there.)
Suddenly, a mysterious visit Wilson paid to D.C. last fall -- more than a year after wrapping up local filming of "How Do You Know" -- makes more sense. In mid October, he was spotted touring the Spy Museum, biking in Adams Morgan and taking a lady friend to dinner at Oyamel, but his rep would offer no information about what brought him here.
But what had Duell been doing in the D.C. area more recently? Don't ask the Department of Homeland Security. Though tipsters have claimed to us (and, for what it's worth, the Star tabloid reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed "insider") that Duell worked as a federal air marshal, a spokesman declined to comment on whether she has been employed in any part of the Transportation Security Administration, let alone the secretive air-born terror-prevention division.
The Reliable Source
| January 12, 2011; 7:30 PM ET
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