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Originally posted 07/20/2012 07:55AM
Sylvia Woods, whose namesake soul-food restaurant has been a Harlem landmark for nearly half a century, died Thursday at her home in Westchester County, N.Y., only hours before she was to receive a special award from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reports The New York Times.
She was 86, and although no cause of death was announced, Woods had been suffering with Alzheimer's disease the past few years. Her family said she was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her death.
"We lost a legend today," Bloomberg said Thursday, reports New York's Daily News. "Generations of family and friends have come together at what became a New York institution."
Originally posted 12/03/2007 04:30PM
This year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, which were handed out in a glittering ceremony last night in the nation's capitol, is quite the list of luminaries. Making up the talented quintet are: Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Academy award-winning director Martin Scorsese, singer supreme Diana Ross, actor-comedian Steve Martin and pianist-conductor Leon Fleisher, whose story of losing the use of his right hand was told in the 2007 Academy Award-nominated short subject documentary, "Two Hands."
Originally posted 04/06/2004 01:00PM
PICKED: "Average Joe: Adam Returns" star Adam Mesh, 29, who was rejected by Melana Scantlin during the December finale of the original "Average Joe" series, made his final selection on the NBC show Monday night. And the lucky winner was Samantha Trenk, 24, from Bedminster, N.J. The show was taped three weeks ago, though the outcome was kept secret. On Monday's "Ellen DeGeneres Show," Mesh (without revealing his selection) told DeGeneres that he's stayed in touch with his choice and they talk every day, a fact Trenk confirmed on Tuesday morning's news programs.
Originally posted 03/30/2004 01:00PM
DYED: Britney Spears made her return to the stage Monday night at a concert in Miami Beach with a head of long brown locks, the New York Post reports. Spears was knocked out of commission last week when she injured herself during a performance on her Onyx Hotel Tour. When she made her way back to the stage Monday, gone was her head of platinum-blond hair -- replaced instead by her more natural-looking brunette color.
Originally posted 03/15/2004 6:08PM
Lawyers for Diana Ross insist that the Supreme diva has already met her requirement to spend 24 consecutive hours in jail on a drunken-driving charge, and therefore she should not be forced to return to Arizona to re-serve the sentence.
Originally posted 03/10/2004 3:21PM
The Arizona judge who sentenced Supreme diva Diana Ross to 48 hours behind bars for driving under the influence isn't happy with how his order was carried out -- and now he wants her to go back to jail.
Originally posted 02/13/2004 11:00AM
CAST: If you can't get enough of Jessica Simpson, you may have a chance to see more of her next fall. ABC has picked up a TV pilot featuring the "Is this tuna ... or fish" singer-actress. The 23-year-old Simpson will play reporter Jessica Sampson, a fictional version of herself, in the unnamed pilot about a TV newsmagazine, says the Hollywood Reporter. Whether the pilot is developed into a recurring show remains to be seen, but there's no doubt about Simpson's popularity. She's currently appearing in the second season of MTV's reality series "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," with husband Nick Lachey, and she also recently signed on for her first feature film, "Walk On," due out next year.
Originally posted 02/11/2004 12:04PM
INSPIRED: As a boy, Jude Law dreamed of an acting career after watching performances of Shakespeare's "Othello" at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Now that the theater is in disrepair, Law has offered to donate to a drive to renovate the space, the Associated Press reports. The theater was built in 1970 and was originally intended as a temporary structure. Law, 31, did not divulge the size of his contribution, but the total amount needed is reportedly $22.5 million. Law, meanwhile, is up for a Best Actor Academy Award on Feb. 29 for his performance in "Cold Mountain."
Originally posted 02/06/2004 1:48PM
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