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  |   Feb. 19, 2011 at 4:00 AM
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LIAM NEESON: Liam Neeson says no one recognized him at the Canadian hospital where his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, was being treated after her skiing accident.

Richardson died of a head injury sustained in the skiing mishap in 2009.

Neeson, star of "Schindler's List," "Love Actually," "Taken" and "Unknown," talks about rushing to her side at a Montreal hospital in the March issue of Esquire.

"I walked into the emergency -- it's like 70, 80 people, broken arms, black eyes, all that -- and for the first time in years, nobody recognizes me," Neeson told the magazine.

"Not the nurses. The patients. No one. And I've come all this way, and they won't let me see her. And I'm looking past them, starting to push -- I'm like, '(Expletive,) I know my wife's back there someplace ...' So I went outside. It's freezing cold, and I thought, What am I gonna do? How am I going to get past the security? And I see two nurses, ladies, having a cigarette. I walk up, and luckily one of them recognizes me. And I'll tell you, I was so (expletive) grateful -- for the first time in I don't know how long -- to be recognized. And this one, she says, 'Go in that back door there.' She points me to it. 'Make a left. She's in a room there.' So I get there, just in time. And all these young doctors, who look all of 18 years of age, they tell me the worst. The worst."

He said when he returned to shooting the film "Chloe" shortly after Richardson's funeral he "was still in a bit of shock."

"But it's kind of a no-brainer to go back to that work. It's a wee bit of a blur, but I know the tragedy hadn't just really smacked me yet," the actor explained. "I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work. Listen, I know how old I am and that I'm just a shoulder injury from losing roles like the one in 'Taken.' So I stay with the training, I stay with the work. It's easy enough to plan jobs, to plan a lot of work. That's effective. But that's the weird thing about grief. You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work. It hits you in the middle of the night -- well, it hits me in the middle of the night."


JIMMY FALLON: Dr. Oz removed a mole from his fellow talk-show host Jimmy Fallon's hand on "The Dr. Oz Show" stage, the U.S. show's producers said.

After a biopsy, the mole was determined to be not cancerous.

"Jimmy arrived in a hospital gown and, despite some nerves, he put his trust in the hands of Dr. Oz and physician Dr. Arthur Perry," the show's producers said in a news release Friday. "As he sat in the operating room chair and doctors made incisions and sutures, Jimmy turned his eyes away, unable to watch. He sang verses of the National Anthem and cracked jokes as the audience squealed and chanted in support: 'Jimmy! Jimmy!' When the audience was silent during certain moments of the surgery, Jimmy pled for their support."

"We had to struggle to get him downstairs to the studio after wrestling him to the ground. He yelled and screamed throughout this. God knows why. It was a tiny little needle," Dr. Oz joked in a statement. "What a cry baby. I didn't even get his co-pay. I'm going to send him a bill. A big bill."

Fallon held the laser while Perry removed an under-eye scar, an old childhood wound, from Dr. Oz's face.

The segments are to air in Wednesday's edition of "The Dr. Oz Show."


LADY GAGA: U.S. pop star Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is the fastest-selling single in the history of the iTunes Store, Interscope Records said.

The song has been downloaded more than 1 million times in five days, her record label said Friday.

It is the first single and title track from Lady Gaga's forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release May 23.


DAVID ARQUETTE: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has scrapped plans to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the chat show's representatives said.

Vick missed two seasons of professional football to serve 18 months in prison on dog-fighting charges.

"He said personal reasons. We're not going to push it," Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We did a field trip with him. We had been shooting with Michael Vick. And the fact that he pulled out and all his people..." Winfrey said. "We move on."

Instead of interviewing Vick, Winfrey sat down with actor David Arquette and talked to him about his separation from his wife, actress Courteney Cox, and recent trip to rehab for alcohol addiction.

"I can now confirm that next Thursday's episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' will now feature an exclusive sit-down with David Arquette in his first interview post-rehab," Winfrey's publicist, Don Halcombe, told The Hollywood Reporter Thursday.

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