Tuesday, July 31, 2001
La Salle discharges self from 'ER'
Eriq La Salle is checking out of "ER."
The actor plans to quit the NBC hospital drama after next season to pursue directing and producing opportunities, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday.
La Salle has been with the show since its 1994 debut and earned three Emmy nominations for his role as the brooding Dr. Peter Benton.
"ER" will enter its 2002-03 season with Noah Wyle as the only original cast member remaining. Sherry Stringfield, another charter cast member, left in 1996 but is returning only for the upcoming fall season.
Anthony Edwards already announced he'll leave the show after this season.
Jolie returns to Cambodia
Angelina Jolie paid a discreet visit to remote areas of Cambodia as a guest of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, officials said Monday.
Jolie stars in the action film "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," which includes several scenes shot in Cambodia at Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and the best known of the scores of old Buddhist and Hindu temples around Cambodia.
The 26-year-old actress, who plays the adventure-seeking heroine in the film adapted from the "Tomb Raider" video game, was in Cambodia for a short time during filming late last year.
Charlie's Angel home on the block
Aaron Spelling and his wife are selling the Los Angeles-area house where the 1976 pilot for the television series "Charlie's Angels" was shot.
The producer's wife, Candy, oversaw remodeling on the Holmby Hills home, which has a price tag of $9.95 million. The Spellings lived there for 16 years before their nearby 56,500-square-foot chateau, known as The Manor, was completed in 1991.
Their former home, built in 1936, has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and sits on a 1.5-acre lot.
Graham visits stomping grounds
The Rev. Billy Graham slipped quietly into the small north Florida town where he was baptized and ordained more than 60 years ago to see a new mural of himself and to meet with old friends.
About two dozen people came by City Barber Shop in Palatka to visit the ailing 82-year-old evangelist, who is being treated as an outpatient at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, about 50 miles to the north.
Graham was baptized in nearby Silver Lake in 1938 and was ordained at the town's Peniel Baptist Church the next year.
"I'm just honored that you'd even come," Graham told the crowd Sunday.