Pierce Brosnan's first Oscars almost became a costly affair when his wife-to-be KEELY SHAYE-SMITH lost a $1 million (GBP555,500) earring.

The Irish movie star has since been reluctant to attend awards ceremonies with his wife if she's wearing borrowed diamonds and pearls.

He recalls, "At one point, we stood up together to give somebody and standing ovation. Suddenly, she went, 'Oh, my God! One of the earrings has fallen off.'

"The next thing you know, we're on our hands and knees with Donald Trump and his girlfriend grappling around for this earring.

"Luckily the audience clapped long and loud enough to give us time to find the earring, but it was not a pleasant experience."

29/09/2004 02:41