Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

By DICK KELSEY, United Press International  |  July 1, 2002 at 3:00 AM
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Legendary songstress Rosemary Clooney, whose career spanned seven decades, died in Los Angeles over the weekend after a recurrence of lung cancer. She was 74.

Clooney, a song stylist put in the same league as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, was surrounded by family in her Beverly Hills, Calif., home when she died Saturday.

Doctors who performed lung surgery on Clooney in January, friends said at the time, declared the operation a success and believed she could resume her singing appearances. But a new, more ominous diagnosis was made less than a month ago, her partner in more than 200 performances, Michael Feinstein, told United Press International Sunday.

"At that point she realized she wasn't going to sing again and very quickly made peace with the fact she was going to be leaving soon," he said.

Clooney's five children, grandchildren and her husband, Dante DiPaolo, were with her at the end, Clooney's publicist, Linda Dozoretz, told UPI.


Tatum O'Neal has served up her own little tell-all, talking about her life and answering the scathing autobiography by her ex-husband, onetime tennis ace John McEnroe.

At 38, O'Neal told Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 McEnroe's temper tantrums were not limited to the tennis court, that he was abusive and blamed her and their children when his game fell apart. She also said McEnroe's use of steroids in his bid for a comeback in 1988 made him violent.

In a written statement, McEnroe said he was "disappointed" by O'Neal's remarks and denied her claim that he hit her.

O'Neal, who said she was addicted to cocaine at 20 years old when she met McEnroe, told Walters she has not used drugs for two months and she is seeking to regain custody of the children.

She and McEnroe wed in 1986 after the first of their three children was born. They divorced in 1994.

O'Neal won an Oscar for her performance in "Paper Moon," a 1973 film she did with her father, Ryan O'Neal.


Walt Disney Co. refiled two quarterly earnings reports after discovering a math error in its fiscal first- and second-quarter results.

The entertainment giant said it fixed a chart projecting what the previous year's earnings would have been under new accounting rules.

The correction, Disney said, does not change any previous results because the projections were theoretical.


Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan are now among a growing number of movie stars to go on stage in London's West End, opening Aug. 7 in "On an Average Day."

Previews of the play, written by American dramatist John Kolvenbach, begin July 25 at the Comedy Theater.

Harrelson appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout revival of "The Rainmaker" and then in San Francisco in Sam Shepard's "The Late Henry Moss."

The two join Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Matt Damon and Hayden Christensen, among others, as film actors taking to the London stage over recent months.


The Osbournes' in-your-face, profanity-laced lifestyle makes for good TV, but the family's love for dogs may have locked them out of a posh condo in New York's Upper East Side.

Ozzy and company's bid for a $7 million compound on the 48th Floor of the Trump Palace was rejected because of The Donald's new rule against dogs, the New York Daily News said. Not even Sharon Osbourne's appeal to owner Donald Trump to bend the rules could get them in.

Reaction to the Osbournes moving into the neighborhood was mixed, with one resident calling the family "kind of crazy" but another saying he'd have "no problems" having the Prince of Darkness for a neighbor.

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