PASSAGES: Queen Latifah Downsizes

08/01/2003 11:30AM

DOWN-SIZED: In April "Chicago" star Queen Latifah, 33, underwent breast-reduction surgery and went from "well over an E cup" to a double D, she tells USA Today. In the past year, she also claims to have shed 25 to 30 pounds through exercise and "eating right." She cited reasons of health and vanity, the paper reported, which goes on to quote her as saying, "Big breasts run on both sides of our family. It was normal."


QUOTED: "We had at least 10 offers for $10,000 for one ticket this year, because we sold out. Most of the people in the Hamptons are very generous, and we could have made another $300,000 dollars." – Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, 45, to PEOPLE's Alli Joseph, while hosting last weekend's Rush foundation bash, which honored Ben and Jerry's founder Ben Cohen and others for their work on behalf of children's arts and education programs.


FILED: Lawyers for a Greenwich Village bar called Down the Hatch have gone to court to stop HBO from airing this Sunday night's episode of "Sex and the City," starring Sarah Jessica Parker. The New York Post reports that the bar's owners state in their legal letter to the network (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner) that the segment suggests that marijuana can be bought there. The owners seek a temporary restraining order. HBO publicists did not return the Post's calls for comment.

DIED: Broadway and jazz legend Luther Henderson, 84, whose musical arrangements included those for Duke Ellington and Lena Horne and for more than 50 stage musicals (including the original "Flower Drum Song," "Funny Girl" and "Jelly's Last Jam"), died of cancer Tuesday in Manhattan, reports The New York Times. Henderson once said in an interview that Ellington considered him his classical arm, crediting Henderson's Julliard training.

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