PASSAGES: Woman Sues Over Rosie's Show

06/12/2003 11:35AM

SUED: "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" may be gone, but the lawsuits linger on. On Wednesday, Lucille DeBellis of Hartsdale, N.Y., a 71-year-old widow, sued the program for $3 million, alleging she was hit in the mouth by a hard rubber ball while attending a taping of the program in November 2001, Reuters reports. "Furthermore, the pain and soreness around (her) mouth adversely affected her relationship with her boyfriend," the lawsuit says. Reps for the defunct show had no comment.

RECUPERATED: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, 27, was released from a Los Angeles hospital after suffering from severe back and abdominal pains. "I finally got out of the hospital over the weekend after nine days, and the doctor instructed me to rest for the next two to three weeks," Bennington wrote on his band's Web site. "Right now it seems like it was some bacteria or virus that spread throughout my intestines and body, putting me in intense pain. It also would not let me eat for a week."


QUOTED: "I'm actually doing the voice of the Tasmanian Devil. They gave me the gig. It was something I used to get thrown out of the classroom for doing" -- Brendan Fraser, 34, to PEOPLE, on his latest movie, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," opening soon


VISITED: At a ceremony marking the first U.S. exhibition of Anne Frank's writings, First Lady Laura Bush on Wednesday paid tribute to the young Holocaust victim and said her diary holds powerful lessons for the world today, the Associated Press reports. "The writings of Anne Frank remind us of the strength of hate and the need to end discrimination in our world," Mrs. Bush said at the private event at Washington's Holocaust Museum. "Anne Frank wrote that we must hold onto our ideals in the face of prejudice."

ANNOUNCED: Baz Luhrmann's flamboyant $8.5 million Broadway production of the Puccini opera "La Boheme" will close June 29, after 12 previews, 228 performances and a loss of some $6 million, its producers tell The New York Times. Though critics loved the show (as did Manhattan hipsters and art lovers), Baz's "Boheme" never caught on with the key suburban theater-going crowd. Still, a Los Angeles production is planned for January.

DIAGNOSED: Acclaimed architect and designer Michael Graves, 68, has meningitis that has left him paralyzed below the waist, reports AP. Graves contracted the disease in February and has been undergoing treatment at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J., a spokeswoman said. The illness reportedly evolved from a sinus infection for which Graves delayed getting treatment.

UNVEILED: A U.S. postage stamp honoring screen icon Audrey Hepburn, who died in 1993, was unveiled by the postal service in Los Angeles on Wednesday, reports AP. The star's son, Sean Ferrer, attended the event, as did Jennifer Love Hewitt, who played Hepburn in a TV biopic.

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