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June 25, 2009 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Farrah Fawcett dead at 62

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- Actress Farrah Fawcett died in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday after a three-year-battle with anal cancer, her publicist said. She was 62.

The news was reported by ABC, Usmagazine.com, TMZ.com and CNN.

People.com said Fawcett died at 12:28 p.m. EST at St. John's Heath Center.

"She's gone. She now belongs to the ages," her longtime partner, actor Ryan O'Neal told People magazine. "She's now with her mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She's in a better place now."

The Texas native and former model was best known for her role on the 1970s private eye television show "Charlie's Angels."

awcett also starred in the celebrated TV movies "The Burning Bed," "Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story," "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story" and "Margaret Bourke-White," as well as the miniseries "Small Sacrifices." Her big-screen credits include "Extremities," "The Apostle" and "Dr. T and the Women." In recent years, the actress made guest appearances on series such as "Ally McBeal," "Spin City" and "The Guardian."

The poster of a gorgeous Fawcett wearing a red swimsuit sold millions of copies and helped make her a 1970s pop-culture icon. She retained her sex-symbol image for decades, posing for Playboy magazine at the age of 50.

She also was an advocate for domestic violence victims and fought for patients' privacy in hospitals.

More than 8.9 million viewers tuned in last month to watch "Farrah's Story," a video diary documenting her courageous battle against cancer, which ran as an NBC special.

The actress is survived by O'Neal and their son Redmond.

She was previously married to actor Lee Majors.


Billy Bob's daughter charged with murder

OCOEE, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- The estranged daughter of U.S. actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton was indicted on first-degree murder charges in connection with her goddaughter's death.

The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Amanda Brumfield, 29, was charged Wednesday with allegedly killing 1-year-old Olivia Garcia, a girl she was babysitting in Ocoee, Fla., last year.

In addition to the first-degree murder allegation, Brumfield was also charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child.

She reportedly is being held without bail at the Orange County Jail.

Police have said Brumfield told them Olivia fell out of a playpen. However, an autopsy completed in March suggested the toddler's fractured skull and bleeding brain were not consistent with injuries typically sustained in a 28-inch fall, the newspaper said.

The Sentinel said prosecutors haven't publicly suggested what they think happened or offered a motive.

Brumfield's mother, Melissa Parish, told TMZ earlier this month Brumfield is devastated by the death of her best friend's daughter. Parish also told the Web site her daughter had "no reason" to call 911 when the baby fell because there were "no signs of distress."

"When you have a situation that does not indicate distress ... there are no signs of distress, then there is no reason to immediately call police," Parish told TMZ, adding Brumfield fell asleep with the child, then awoke hours later to find the infant unresponsive and called for help.


Phillips wins 'I'm a Celebrity'

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Lou Diamond Phillips was declared the winner of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" on Wednesday night's finale.

Phillips beat out fellow finalists Torrie Wilson and John Salley for the Costa Rican-jungle-set show's title of King of the Jungle and earned a check for his favorite charity, the Art Has Heart Foundation, E! News said.

"This experience is head and shoulders and far to the left of anything I've ever done," said Phillips. "No movie set ever compared to this -- this is the real deal and it's been an amazing trip."

The 47-year-old actor is best known for his work in the movies "La Bamba," "Stand and Deliver," "Dakota" and "Young Guns." He has been seen recently on the TV shows "Stargate: Universe," "Numb3rs" and "The Beast."


Rosie O'Donnell gets morning radio show

NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- U.S. comedienne and TV personality Rosie O'Donnell has signed on as host of a new daily morning radio show, SIRIUS XM Radio announced Thursday.

"Rosie Radio" is set to start this fall and slated to air Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET/7 a.m. to 9 a.m. PT, exclusively on SIRIUS XM Stars, SIRIUS channel 102 and XM channel 155.

The two-hour talk show will feature the entertainer chatting about her various passions and interests -- "an eclectic mix of humor, pop culture and serious conversation," Sirius said.

"Rosie O'Donnell is a powerful, dynamic and entertaining voice and now you can only get her on SIRIUS XM," Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer of SIRIUS XM Radio, said in a statement. "Rosie's millions of fans will hear her as they never have before, and have the chance to call in and talk to her and her intriguing guests. 'Rosie Radio' will entertain, inform, surprise and delight."

"This is an exciting new adventure -- two hours of talk show entertainment, without having to wear makeup. Perfection," O'Donnell added. "I can't wait to jumpstart each day with millions of SIRIUS XM listeners across the country."

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