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June 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM   |   Comments

'Moesha' actress Yvette Wilson dead at 48

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Yvette Wilson, best known for playing Andell Wilkerson on TV's "Moesha," has died of cervical cancer, NewsOne reported Friday.

She was 48.

Her former co-star Shar Jackson took to Twitter this week to ask for prayers for her longtime friend.

Wilson's film credits include "House Party 3,"

"Poetic Justice" and "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood."

She also appeared on the TV shows "Thea," "The Parkers" and "HBO's Def Comedy Jam."


Parker hosts Obama fundraiser in N.Y.

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Former "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica held a fundraiser in New York for the re-election campaign of U.S. President Barack Obama.

UsMagazine.com said Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, Anna Wintour, Olivia Wilde, Michael Kors and Andy Cohen were among the 50 guests at Thursday's $40,000-per-plate dinner.

First lady Michelle Obama also attended the event, although Parker's husband, actor Matthew Broderick, missed it because he was performing on Broadway in "Nice Work if You Can Get It," the magazine said.

"We're going to have to fight for it because the American people are tired," UsMagazine.com said the president told the guests about being re-elected in the fall. "They've gone through a very tough economy. They're still having a tough time. And that's why this election is going to be close. The other side is going to spend $500 million with a very simple message, which is: 'You're frustrated, you're disappointed, and it's the fault of the guy in the White House.' And that's an elegant message. It happens to be wrong. But it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker. We're going to have to work hard in this election. We're going to have to work harder than we did in 2008."


Jerry Lewis released from hospital

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Jerry Lewis' publicist says the 86-year-old comedy icon has been released from a New York City hospital after he was treated for low blood sugar.

Lewis collapsed Tuesday night before he was to present Tom Cruise with the Friars Entertainment Icon Award. He spent Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the hospital and was discharged Thursday.

Lewis' representative Candi Cazau told the New York Post Thursday night Lewis was "released from the hospital, and... getting ready to return to work."

Lewis is preparing to direct a stage musical based on his 1963 movie "The Nutty Professor." The show will play Nashville first, starting next month, then head to Broadway, the Post said.


'John Carter' tops U.S. DVD sales chart

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- The action flick "John Carter" is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray in the United States, Rentrak said Thursday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart for the week ending June 10 is "Safe House," followed by "Act of Valor" at No. 3, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" at No. 4 and "True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are "Red Tails" at No. 6, "Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season" at No. 7, "The Secret World of Arrietty" at No. 8, "This Means War" at No. 9 and "The Grey" at No. 10.

The No. 1 DVD rental for the week ended June 9 is "Safe House."

"Act of Valor" is No. 2, "Man on a Ledge" is No. 3, "This Means War" is No. 4, "The Grey" is No. 5, "John Carter" is No. 6, "Chronicle" is No. 7, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" is No. 8, "Red Tails" is No. 9 and "Gone" is No. 10.

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