Halle Gives School The Dress Off Her Back
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DONATED: Halle Berry (class of '84) is true to her school, giving two of her designer gowns to Cleveland's Bedford High so they can be auctioned during a prom fashion show and raise money to send students on a field trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. "She always said that if I need anything to let her know," Yvonne Sims, a guidance counselor and Berry's fifth-grade teacher, tells the Associated Press. (Berry has told InStyle that Sims was her childhood role model.) One dress is a knee-length geometric print that Berry wore on an Ebony magazine cover last year. The other is a white Versace halter-style she wore to a party after the debut of Lackawanna Blues, the HBO film she produced. Bidding, which ends Thursday, starts at $500 per dress.
SCHEDULED: The planned May wedding of Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade pupil, Vili Fualaau (the father of her two youngest children, ages 7 and 6), will be filmed by TV's Entertainment Tonight, which won a bidding war for broadcast rights, say reports. The date and location of the wedding have not yet been disclosed. Letourneau, 43, served 7 1/2 years in prison after she was convicted of raping Fualaau, 22. She was released last August. The couple first met when he was in second grade. Their relationship became sexual when he was 12 and she was a 34-year-old married mother of four and an elementary school teacher.
RETURNED: The Insider host Pat O'Brien will resume his duties on his show next Thursday, May 5, after having checked out of rehab (which he entered in late March) last Sunday, reports Variety. "I spent time with Pat recently and he's looking and feeling great," Insider executive producer Linda Bell Blue tells the trade paper. In a statement, O'Brien said he looks "forward to getting back to work. ... I plan to continue my recovery with the help and support of my family, colleagues and friends." O'Brien is also expected to appear on a Dr. Phil special next Wednesday and on a daytime episode with Dr. Phil sometime next week.
DECLINED: James Bond movie series costar Judi Dench has claimed to a British newspaper that Pierce Brosnan will be back as Bond in the upcoming Casino Royale – but producers of the 007 franchise are refusing to confirm the report. Dench told the Mirror: "Despite the fact that everyone on the face of the earth has been tested as his (Brosnan's) possible replacement, he'll be doing it again and it will be announced come summer." A spokesperson for the Eon production company tells the BBC, however: "No cast members, locations or release dates can be confirmed." Those actors mentioned as Brosnan's possible replacement, should he not return to the role, have been Daniel Craig, Clive Owen, Jude Law, Hugh Jackman, Dougray Scott and Colin Salmon.
OFFERED: Motley Crue are doing their part to find a missing fan in the Baltimore area, matching the existing reward of $10,000 for information about 32-year-old Tracey Gardner-Tetso of Rosedale, Maryland, according to AP. She was reported missing by her husband after she failed to meet friends at the Motley Crue show in Washington on March 6. Her car was found 11 days later. Singer Vince Neil says the band will play Washington again in August and they're so confident she'll be found, they're holding a pair of front-row tickets for her.
SUPPLIED: Ricky Martin has donated an undisclosed amount to help Habitat for Humanity International provide homes for tsunami victims in Thailand, says a Habitat spokesman. Martin, who visited the disaster area following the December tidal wave, has partnered with Habitat to build and restore 224 homes, which will enable more than 1,000 disaster victims to move out of temporary shelters or overcrowded camps, Habitat said. The donation will come from the Ricky Martin Foundation, which combats the abuse and exploitation of children, human trafficking and related issues.
DIED: Actress Maria Schell, 79, the older sister of Maximilian Schell, died of heart failure in her home in Austria on Tuesday. Among her American films were 1958's The Brothers Karamazov and 1978's Superman. ... Actor Mason Adams, 86, whose distinctive voice was heard for years on Smucker's commercials, died of natural causes in his Manhattan home on Tuesday, reports The New York Times. TV audiences also saw his face on Lou Grant, on which he played newspaper managing editor Charlie Hume.