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LIBERAL SENATOR DIES IN PLANE CRASH
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Eating blueberries might protect you against Alzheimer's Disease and honey might keep heart disease at bay. Researchers at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society this week said the reason in both cases appears to be these foods contain hig
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There was no ribbon cutting to mark the opening of Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian on Monday.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Kennedy Center Honor for Paul Simon

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday that singer-songwriter Paul Simon has been selected to replace Sir Paul McCartney on the lis

McCartney puts off Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Friday that Sir Paul McCartney, citing a personal scheduling conflict, will not receive the 2002 Ke

Entertainment Today

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Chita Rivera and actor James Earl Jones will receive 2002 Kennedy Center Honors.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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LATEST KENNEDY CENTER HONORS ANNOUNCED
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

2002 Kennedy Center honorees named

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that actor James Earl Jones, conductor James Levine, singer-songwriter Paul McCartney, ente

2002 Kennedy Center honorees named

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that actor James Earl Jones, conductor James Levine, singer-songwriter Paul McCartney, ente

'Forbidden Broadway' spoofs the hit shows

NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- The 20th anniversary "Forbidden Broadway" revue spoofs hit theater shows with lambasting wit and uproarious satire that its creator and author, Gerard Alessandrini, finds more difficult to sustain with each production.
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BRYANT GUMBEL Bryant Gumbel is stepping down as anchor of CBS's morning news program "The Early Show."
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. BERNSTEIN
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2002 with 342 to follow.
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BOX OFFICE: ANOTHER BIG HARRY DEAL
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Chita Rivera
Actress Chita Rivera takes her December 11, 2005 opening night curtain call bows in her Broadway review Chita Rivera The Dancer's Life which opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Chita Rivera (born January 23, 1933) is an American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her roles in musical theater. She is the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award (December 2002). She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Rivera was born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Katherine, a government clerk, and Pedro Julio Figueroa del Rivero, a clarinetist and saxophonist for the United States Navy Band. Her father was Puerto Rican and her mother was of Scottish and Italian descent. Rivera was seven years old when her mother was widowed and went to work for The Pentagon.

In 1944, Rivera's mother enrolled her in the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet (now the Jones Haywood School of Dance). Later, when she was 15, a teacher from George Balanchine's School of American Ballet visited their studio and Rivera was one of two students picked to audition in New York City; she was accompanied to the audition by Doris Jones, one of the people who ran the Jones-Haywood School. Rivera's audition was successful and she was accepted into the school and given a scholarship.

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