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By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter   |   April 2, 2003 at 3:05 PM   |   Comments

SHARON OSBOURNE SAID TO BE CANCER-FREE

A spokesman for Ozzy Osbourne said Wednesday that the rocker's wife Sharon is free of cancer, following treatment for colon cancer that was diagnosed last year.

A British music magazine, Kerrang!, quoted Ozzy Osbourne as saying that doctors have pronounced Sharon Osbourne cancer-free.

"She's got no cancer in her body now, they tell me, but there's always a chance of it coming back," he said. "She's doing great, but I must confess that I'm still worried about her."


OSBOURNES HEADED FOR BIG SCREEN?

According to published reports in Hollywood, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are in talks with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films for a movie about Ozzy Osbourne's life.

Born John Michael Osbourne on Dec. 3, 1948, he shared a two-bedroom house with his mother, father and five siblings. He was active in school productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, but by all accounts he couldn't wait to get out of school and make some money.

One of his first jobs was tuning car horns at an electrical plant. He also worked as a plumber's assistant, a toolmaker's apprentice and a slaughterhouse hand.

He also had legal troubles, and was sent to prison for breaking and entering and for assaulting a police officer.

After stints with several bands, he found commercial success with Black Sabbath. He left the band in 1977 and pursued a solo career, largely built around his annual Ozzfest tour -- organized by Sharon, who took over management of his career in 1982.


STEVE BUSCEMI TO JOIN 'SOPRANOS' CAST?

Steve Buscemi is reportedly talking with HBO and "The Sopranos" creator-producer David Chase about joining the cast of the crime family drama.

It would be Buscemi's first appearance on the show, but not his introduction to the family. Buscemi has directed two episodes of "The Sopranos," earning an Emmy nomination for direction in 2001.


'WILD WILD WEST' STAR IN DUI BUST

Veteran actor Robert Conrad may face felony charges in connection with his DUI bust near Arnold, Calif., Monday night.

A California Highway Patrol spokesman said Conrad crossed the centerline on California Highway 4 in his 1995 Jaguar, and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Kevin Burnett, 26, of Forest Meadows. CHP Officer Bryan Duquesnel said Burnett suffered multiple fractures to his left leg.

On Tuesday, Duquesnel said results from a blood-alcohol test administered to Conrad were not available, but he said that the case was being considered a felony because of the injuries to Burnett.

Conrad was airlifted to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

Conrad was one of the stars of the '60s TV series "Hawaiian Eye." He became a star in 1965, playing James West in "The Wild Wild West," and went on star in the '70s military drama "Baa Baa Black Sheep."


LAST CALL FOR OSCAR GAWKERS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reminded movie fans Wednesday that an exhibit of 100 Oscar statuettes will close to the public on April 17.

"And the Oscar Went to..." features Academy Awards won by such screen legends as Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne and composer John Williams. Most of the statuettes are on loan from the winners, but some are in the academy's permanent care.

The exhibit -- which opened in January -- also features the Best Song Oscar that Irving Berlin won for "White Christmas"; Karl Malden's Best Supporting Actor Oscar from "A Streetcar Named Desire"; Robert Wise's directing Oscar for "The Sound of Music"; and Cuba Gooding Jr.'s supporting actor Oscar for "Jerry Maguire."

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