New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ricki Noel Lander watch the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ricki Noel Lander watch the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

The Internet is buzzing about Patriots owner Robert Kraft after he was spotted with a lovely young woman at the Celtics game Thursday night. He introduced Ricki Noel Lander to us as his friend, but after so many courtside photos were taken of the twosome, there’s speculation that she’s something more. Kraft hasn’t responded to our calls about the rumors so we can’t say much about them, but we can tell you the following about Lander: She’s a dancer and actress who appeared as a model on “Ugly Betty” and played “Servant Faerie” in a 2011 episode of “True Blood.” The Internet Movie Database says she’ll play Nurse Elizabeth in the 2013 movie “Red Band,” which will feature A-listers Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Jason Sudeikis, Pittsfield’s Elizabeth Banks, Hugh Jackman, and Kate Winslet. Lander is from Salt Lake City. According to her biography on the website for the movie “The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert,” a.k.a. “5 Nights in Hollywood,” Lander moved to Los Angeles at 15 to train with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet and studied at Mike Nichols’s New Actors Workshop in New York. (We’ve been unable to confirm her current age.) As of Friday morning she had about 150 Twitter followers, but we assume that will increase.

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