PASSAGES: Ricky Martin Returns to Roots

05/19/2003 AT 03:28 PM EDT

RETURNED: Ricky Martin is back. After his 1999 smash hit "Livin' La Vida Loca" sold 15 millions copies worldwide and a 2000 follow up, "Sound Loaded," only sold 4 million, the swoonworthy crooner, 31, hopes to dispel the notion that he's only a one-hit wonder with his latest, "Almas del Silencio" ("Souls of Silence"), due in stores Tuesday. It's his first Spanish-language album in five years. "I really needed to go back to my focus, to my center, to the beginning," he tells the Associated Press, "because ... the adrenaline and the euphoria that I lived for a couple of years were probably sabotaged."

SUFFERED: Grammy-winning singer Barry White, 58, is "in great spirits" as he recovers from a stroke that affected his speech and the right side of his body, his daughter Shaherah White tells Reuters. White suffered the stroke while waiting for a kidney transplant, which he needed because of complications from years of chronic high blood pressure.


QUOTED: "I don't know what the answers to relationships are. I know that I am basically a very simple guy who values a real relationship" -- Jim Carrey, 41 and single, to the Toronto Star.


SENTENCED: Former "Eight Is Enough" child star Adam Rich, 34, was placed on three years probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and being under the influence of a controlled substance. A California judge on Friday also ordered Rich to take part in a 60-day treatment program and pay about $1,200 in fines, Rich's lawyer, Stephen Sitkoff, tells AP.

DIED: Celebrated British stage and screen actress Dame Wendy Hiller, 90, who in 1938 played Eliza Doolittle to the Henry Higgins of Leslie Howard in "Pygmalion" -- which was eventually musicalized as "My Fair Lady"-- died at her home in England last Wednesday, reports The New York Times. Her other great screen role, among many appearances, was another George Bernard Shaw play adaptation, 1941's "Major Barbara."

REMEMBERED: June Carter Cash, 73, who died after complications from heart surgery last Thursday, was mourned at funeral services on Sunday not far from the Tennessee home she shared with husband Johnny Cash during their celebrated careers, reports Reuters. Johnny Cash, 71, recently hospitalized for pneumonia, was brought down the church's aisle in a wheelchair. Nearly 2,000 people filled the church.

CLOSED: Broadway's "Les Miserables," the pop opera based on Victor Hugo's 1832 novel, closed Sunday after a 16-year run and 6,680 performances, making it the second longest-running show ever on the Great White Way, behind only "Cats" with 7,485. The finale at the Imperial Theater Sunday included 300 alumni of the Broadway run. Meanwhile, "Les Miz" still continues its run in London.

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