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Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) --Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris is to host the Oscars ceremony honoring excellence in cinema in Los Angeles Feb. 22.
Karen Butler
'Labyrinth' sequel in the works at Jim Henson Co.

'Labyrinth' sequel in the works at Jim Henson Co.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) --A "Labyrinth" sequel is in development at Jim Henson Co., and a "Dark Crystal" sequel is also in the works.
Annie Martin
'Princess Bride' stars will be featured on Cary Elwes' audiobook 'As You Wish'

'Princess Bride' stars will be featured on Cary Elwes' audiobook 'As You Wish'

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) --Actor-author Cary Elwes will narrate his forthcoming audiobook "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride," available Oct. 14.
Karen Butler
'Doctor Zhivago' is heading to Broadway next spring

'Doctor Zhivago' is heading to Broadway next spring

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 (UPI) --The new Broadway musical "Doctor Zhivago" is to open April 21, the show's producers announced this week.
Karen Butler
NBC to air classic 'Saturday Night Live' episodes

NBC to air classic 'Saturday Night Live' episodes

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) --NBC says it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Live" by airing a classic episode of the New York sketch comedy series each weekend.
Karen Butler
George Clooney unveils wedding date, location at charity event

George Clooney unveils wedding date, location at charity event

TUSCANY , Italy, Sept. 8 (UPI) --George Clooney opened up about his fiancee Amal Alamuddin and his upcoming nuptials while being honored during Celebrity Fight Night in Tuscany, Italy Sunday.
Veronica Linares
Joan Rivers dead at age 81

Joan Rivers dead at age 81

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Joan Rivers, the legendary comedian and television personality, died at age 81 on Thursday.
Annie Martin
Kathy Bates wanted to dedicate her Emmy to Robin Williams

Kathy Bates wanted to dedicate her Emmy to Robin Williams

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Kathy Bates was too nervous to dedicate her Emmy win to Robin Williams like she wanted to on Monday, so she honored him backstage at the awards show.
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Sara Bareilles performs 'Smile' during Robin Williams Emmy Tribute

Sara Bareilles performs 'Smile' during Robin Williams Emmy Tribute

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Sara Bareilles gave a heart-wrenching performance of Nat King Cole's "Smile" while performing during the 'In Memoriam' tribute at the Emmy Awards on Monday.
Veronica Linares
Billy Crystal leads Emmy tribute for late friend Robin Williams

Billy Crystal leads Emmy tribute for late friend Robin Williams

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) --Billy Crystal offered a heartfelt tribute to his late friend Robin Williams during Monday's Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Karen Butler
2014 Emmy Awards ceremony begins in Los Angeles

2014 Emmy Awards ceremony begins in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) --The 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony has begun in Los Angeles with comedian Seth Meyers serving as host of the American television industry's biggest night.
Karen Butler
Sara Bareilles to sing during Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute to Robin Williams

Sara Bareilles to sing during Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute to Robin Williams

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Sara Bareilles will join Billy Crystal during his In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Monday.
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Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at 2014 Emmy ceremony

Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at 2014 Emmy ceremony

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Billy Crystal will pay tribute to friend and former co-star Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmy awards ceremony on August 25.
Annie Martin
Jordan Brand releases 'RE2PECT' tribute to Derek Jeter

Jordan Brand releases 'RE2PECT' tribute to Derek Jeter

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) --Jordan Brand released a celebrity-filled tribute Monday to Yankees player Derek Jeter, one of its longest sponsored athletes.
Aileen Graef
Rob Reiner taught Meg Ryan how to fake an orgasm for 'When Harry Met Sally'

Rob Reiner taught Meg Ryan how to fake an orgasm for 'When Harry Met Sally'

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) --Rob Reiner taught Meg Ryan how to fake an orgasm for her famous scene at Katz's Deli in "When Harry Met Sally."
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William Edward "Billy" Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes When Harry Met Sally... and City Slickers. He has hosted the Academy Awards eight times.

Crystal was born in the Doctor's Hospital in Manhattan and grew up in Long Beach, New York, the son of Helen (née Gabler), a housewife, and Jack Crystal, a record company executive and producer of jazz records, who owned and operated the Commodore Record store. His uncle was musician and songwriter Milt Gabler, and his brother, Richard "Rip" Crystal, is a television producer. Crystal grew up in a Jewish family that he has described as "large" and "loving". Billie Holiday was one of Crystal's babysitters during his childhood.

After graduation from Long Beach High School, Crystal attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, on a baseball scholarship, having learned the game from his father, who pitched for St. John's University. Crystal never played a game at Marshall because the program was suspended during his freshman year. He did not return as a sophomore, staying back in New York with his future wife. He then went on to Nassau Community College, and later attended New York University, where he graduated with a B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1970. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the BG News from 1969–70.

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