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JOINED: Casts of TV's Lost and Alias combined on Thursday night to raise $300,000 to fight epilepsy at Hollywood's Helping Hands fundraiser organized by actor Greg Grunberg, whose 8-year-old son, Jake, has the disease, USA Today reports. Grunberg plays Eric Weiss on Alias and appeared on Lost as the pilot devoured by a mystery monster. Though she did not attend, Alias star Jennifer Garner donated a painting she did of four tulips, which fetched $1,600 at auction. Other artists who contributed their paintings: Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone and Ringo Starr.
DIED: Leon Askin, 97, the actor who played Gen. Albert Burkhalter in the '60s sitcom Hogan's Heroes, died in a Vienna hospital, Austrian officials said Friday. Askin was best known for his role as the Nazi general who constantly threatened to send the prisoner of war camp's inept commander, Col. Wilhelm Klink, to the Russian front because of his stupidity. Born Leo Aschkenasy in Vienna on Sept. 18, 1907, Askin worked as a cabaret artist in the 1930s before fleeing to France and then to America to escape persecution by the Nazis.
SOLD: A 1962 painting by Marilyn Monroe that she did for President Kennedy (though she never gave it to him) fetched $78,000 at auction this weekend, according to Julien's Auctions, which organized Saturday's sale of Monroe memorabilia. The painting was sold to collector David Davis, who runs an art gallery in Rhode Island. Her personal phone book – containing numbers for Frank Sinatra as well as for ex-husbands Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller – went for $90,000. GoldenPalace.com, a casino Web site, bought the phone book.
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