Originally created 05/04/04

Jason Priestley announces engagement



LOS ANGELES -- Former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Jason Priestley has gotten engaged to longtime girlfriend Naomi Lowde, the actor-director's publicist said Monday.

No other details of the engagement were immediately available, according to spokeswoman Annett Wolf. Lowde is a makeup artist.

The 34-year-old actor, who played Brandon Walsh on the long-running teen drama, was seriously injured in an August 2002 car crash. The avid race car driver spun out of control at 180 mph and hit a wall nearly head-on during practice at the Kentucky Speedway.

More recently, Priestley appeared in the campy independent film "Die Mommie Die!" He also directed the 1999 documentary "Barenaked in America," about his fellow Canadians, the band Barenaked Ladies.