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By United Press International   |   Jan. 11, 2012 at 3:52 AM
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BRIDIE GALLAGHER: Irish recording star Bridie Gallagher has died of pneumonia in a Belfast hospital after fracturing her hip in a fall last month, her family said. She was 87.

Gallagher's son, Jim Livingstone, told the Belfast Telegraph the performer known as "the Girl from Donegal" throughout her six-decade career was surrounded by her family when she died Monday morning.

Born in the Irish town of Creeslough, Gallagher lived most of her life in Northern Ireland.

Famous for her renditions of "A Mother's Love's a Blessing" and "The Boys From the County Armagh," Gallagher sang at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as New York's Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, the Telegraph said. She last took the stage in 2000.

Livingstone told the newspaper his mother watched "Bridie: The Girl From Donegal," a new documentary about her career, narrated by his daughter Teresa, before she died.

"Bridie had a quiet, peaceful death with her family around her," the elder Livingstone said. "I am so pleased she was able to watch the documentary about her life before she passed. She watched it four times and was absolutely thrilled with it. My mother was particularly proud of Teresa presenting it, and had actually commented to me that she was pleased it ran before she died. In terms of timing, it couldn't have been shown at a more perfect time or been a more fitting tribute."


NATALIE WOOD: The chief of detectives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says no new evidence has been found to suggest Natalie Wood's 1981 death was a homicide.

Wood drowned 30 years ago at the age of 43 when she was aboard a yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and friend, Christopher Walken -- both actors -- off the coast of Catalina Island. The actress' death was initially ruled an accident, but the investigation was reopened last November when witnesses came forward saying they had new information.

"At this point, it is an accidental death. Nothing has been discovered to suggest changing that at this time," William McSweeney, the sheriff's chief of detectives, said in an update on the case given to the Los Angeles Times.

McSweeney told the Times investigators were still trying to answer some questions surrounding the actress' drowning, but said he doubts her death was anything other than an accident.

Wood is best known for her work in the films "Miracle on 34th Street," "West Side Story," "The Searchers" and "Splendor in the Grass."


BEYONCE: Singer Beyonce and her newborn daughter Blue Ivy have been discharged from New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, the medical center said.

The New York Daily News said the celebrity mom and her also-famous husband, rapper Jay-Z, took their first child home early Tuesday. The baby was born Saturday.

The couple released a statement describing her birth as "emotional and extremely peaceful," People.com said.

"We are in heaven," the statement said. "It was the best experience of both of our lives. ... We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support."


KEITH URBAN: Country music star Keith Urban has co-written and recorded a song to appear in the end credits of the U.S. Navy SEAL film "Act of Valor," Relativity Media said.

The collaboration with songwriter Monty Powell is the first song Urban has written and recorded specifically for a motion picture.

Set to open in theaters Feb. 24, the movie stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs, along with actors Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano.

"I loved the challenge of writing for a film," Urban said in a statement. "I've never done that before. After seeing 'Act of Valor,' my co-writer and I wanted to capture the essence of not only what these men and women do so extraordinarily, but how that relates to all of us. 'Valor' shows us what they are willing to give their all for, which made me wonder, 'What am I willing to give my life for?' 'For You' is intended to allow the listener to define who that is for them."

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