PASSAGES: Liz Conquers Skin Cancer

updated 09/16/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/16/2002 01:00AM



TREATED: Elizabeth Taylor, 70, had radiation treatment in June for skin cancer but now appears to be free of basal cell carcinoma, her doctor reports. "There's no evidence of any residual disease," physician Ronald Thompson says in a statement issued by the screen legend's publicist to the Associated Press. "Miss Taylor is fine."

SCHEDULED: "Friends" stars Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer will serve as Emmy presenters next Sunday, show organizers have announced. Aniston, 33, is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, while LeBlanc, 35, and Perry, 33, are each nominated for outstanding lead actor.

RECOVERED: Paul McCartney, 60, will use "Carnival of Light," a 14-minute Beatles track last played in 1967, as the soundtrack for a film montage of his late wife Linda's photographs of the music group. It was recorded when The Beatles were recording "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," reports London's Sunday Times, which quotes Beatles producer George Martin's description of the track as "a kind of uncomposed, free-for-all melange of sound that went on. It was not considered worthy as issuing as a normal piece of Beatles music at the time."

CONFIRMED: Jane Clayson, 35, who co-anchored the third-place CBS "The Early Show" with Bryant Gumbel for two-and-a-half years before he left last May, is also leaving the show, the network has confirmed. Her last "Early" appearance will be Sept. 29, and she will shift to the "Evening News" the next day. Speculation about two recent "Early Show" guest hosts, Harry Smith of A&E's "Biography" and Hannah Storm of NBC Sports, has been intensifying, Reuters reports, though CBS would not comment.

AILING: Marie Fredriksson, singer for the Swedish group Roxette, has been hospitalized for a brain tumor that was found after she fainted in her Stockholm home last week, Reuters reports. Fredriksson, 44, whose hits include "The Look" and "It Must Have Been Love," was set to launch a European tour with Roxette in October.

RESIGNED: Nationally syndicated Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene, 55, has left the paper after acknowledging he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a teenage girl he met in connection with his column, the newspaper said Sunday. Greene, 55, told the Associated Press in an email Sunday, without addressing the conduct that led to his resignation: "I don't have the words to express the sadness I feel."

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