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April 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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Paltrow juggles career, children

LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- Gwyneth Paltrow says she strayed from a healthy lifestyle while filming the upcoming movie "Love Don't Let Me Down" in Nashville.

Paltrow plays an alcoholic country and western singer. She told Harper's Bazaar in an interview at a London restaurant she had to stop working out because the director, Shana Feste, did not want her body "to have any definition whatsoever."

- "I'll get it back together, but I've never eaten so much fried food and white flour in my life, ever," she said.

Paltrow, 37, said her life, which includes marriage to musician Chris Martin of Coldplay and being a mother to Apple, 6, and Moses, 4, can be exhausting.

"Some days I feel like everyone in my world has plugged themselves into my kidneys. I'm so tired," she said.

She enjoyed filming "Iron Man 2," which opens May 7. She was able to live in a Los Angeles cottage with her family.

"The kids could come every day. They had their mini Jeep that they drove around the parking lot in front of my trailer," she said. "I wasn't naked or crying like on the Nashville movie, where it was like, 'No, you can't visit Mommy today.' "


Anna Torv, Mark Valley of 'Fringe' split

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- Anna Torv and Mark Valley, who married quietly while they were both playing FBI agents on the Fox TV series "Fringe," have quietly split up.

People magazine reports the couple separated several months ago after little more than a year of marriage. They married in December 2008.

Valley, 45, played Agent John Scott during the first season of "Fringe" and moved on to a new Fox series, "Human Target." He became an actor after graduating from West Point and serving in the military.

Torv, 31, is Agent Olivia Dunham on "Fringe," which is going into its third season. She is Australian.


Meinhardt Raabe, Munchkin coroner, dies

ORANGE PARK, Fla., April 10 (UPI) -- Meinhardt Raabe, who played one of the leading Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz," has died at 98 in his retirement home in Florida.

Bob Rigel, president of the Penney Retirement Community in Penney Farms, told The New York Times the cause of death appeared to be a heart attack.

Raabe made his only big-screen appearance as the Munchkin coroner who pronounces the Wicked Witch of the West "not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead." But he also spent decades as Little Oscar, the mascot of the Oscar Mayer company.

A native of Watertown, Wis., Raabe graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1937. He was unable to find work as an accountant -- he later said one interviewer told him to try a carnival -- and eventually became an Oscar Mayer salesman and the "world's smallest chef." He spent 30 years with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

During World War II, Raabe was a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol. In 1970, he earned an MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Raabe married Marie Hartline, a former member of a midget vaudeville group, who died in 1997.


Prince Charles commissions garden music

LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- Patrick Hawes, one of Britain's leading composers, has completed the four-movement Highgrove Suite, inspired by the gardens at Prince Charles's country home.

The work was commissioned by the prince and grew from a one-movement piece for harp titled "Goddess of the Woods," which had its premiere at the prince's 60th birthday in 2008, The Daily Telegraph reports. Claire Jones, the royal harpist, and the Philharmonia Orchestra will premier the suite this summer at a Highgrove concert to benefit The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Prince Charles, an advocate of locally grown and organic food, has spent 30 years developing the gardens at Highgrove near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. His Islamic Carpet Garden won a medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2008, and Highgrove also has a wildflower meadow and kitchen garden.

Hawes has written a variety of works from opera and a requiem to a movie soundtrack and "Hearts of England," the song of the 2008 England Rugby World Cup team.

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