Ryan, Quaid on the road to splitsville

It’s one of those “No! Say it ain’t so!” Hollywood scenarios. Sad but true, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid have announced their separation after about 10 years of marriage. The two met in 1987 on the “Innerspace” set, when Quaid’s career was at a high and Ryan’s about to rise. They married four years later and have an 8-year-old son.

Ironically, the couple stayed together when Quaid’s hyperdrive lifestyle torpedoed his film career. The 46-year-old has been making a steady return to films, but now the marriage is faltering. Publicist Lisa Kasteler, who wouldn’t comment on any divorce details, disclosed Wednesday that the separation began about six weeks ago. “The couple hope that the press will respect their privacy during this difficult time,” she said.

fourth time’s a charm : In one of those “Say, why is this so?” scenarios, Revlon billionaire Ronald Perelman trod down a familiar route Wednesday night with his fourth trip down the aisle. This time, Bronx-born actress Ellen Barkin was by his side in a traditional Jewish ceremony at an upper East Side synagogue. Coincidentally Barkin, who reportedly owes part of her theatrical absence to Perelman, starred with the newly separated Quaid in the erotic “The Big Easy.”

The 45 wedding guests included Penny Marshall and Trudie Styler, wife of rock star Sting. The couple had planned the ceremony for months, but didn’t decide on the date until recently. Absent was former wife Patricia Duff, who’s embroiled in a custody dispute over her and Perelman’s 5-year-old daughter although she did manage to pass on an unfriendly wedding blessing to the couple through her lawyer.

“Ms. Duff hopes Ms. Barkin never experiences the pain and suffering she has suffered,” said attorney Toby Kleinman. Ouch, that cuts more than a broken wine glass.

JUST GET SOME SPACE: Finally, in one of those “Girl, just say no” cases: Mick Jagger can’t stop trying to have his cake and the baker, too. Jerry Hall divorced the philandering Rolling Stoner last year, not long after he impregnated former lingerie model Luciana Morad and incurred a son. Now, Hall tells Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the singer has moved right next door to her London dwellings.

“He bought the flat next door and knocked a hole through the dining room wall when I was away,” said Hall, laughing. “I can’t get rid of him.” Hmmm, we can name this tune in five notes: “Co-dependent Stalker with Peter Pan Syndrome.”

Fear not, Hall stands firm despite his wooing through remodeling and musical overtures (reportedly a new album has many songs about her). “I’m making him move. I said to him, Look, it’s 11 months, and you’ve got to get your own place.’ ” As for his previous stunts to null and void their marriage, Hall said, “He didn’t know what came over him. He said it was the lawyers. It was just plain rude. Twenty-two years, four children and then saying the marriage was not legal. I mean, really I think he was ashamed of himself over that.” Ashamed enough to pull some baby-sitting duties while Hall goes on stage for “The Graduate.”

Meanwhile, the two will reportedly be in San Francisco Saturday when Karis Hunt, Jagger’s oldest daughter, gets married.

SUPREME Mea culpa: In our excitement over reporting the double Supreme Bay Area appearances in Wednesday’s People, we left out the second digit in the date. Yes, concerned readers, you still have time to get tickets to see former Supreme Mary Wilson, who appears 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. July 21 at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Diana Ross and her faux Supremes, who grace the San Jose Arena 8 p.m. July 28. As our penance, we will hike up our skirts, weigh ourselves down in a heavy wig and false eyelashes and sing in high falsettos.

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Indicted: Earl Simmons. The rapper, known as DMX, was indicted in New York for possession of marijuana and an unlicensed handgun following a January incident in which his Jeep ran off a highway. He could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison if convicted, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro said Tuesday.

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