Overcoming doubts

Renee Zellweger, who plays a British singleton obsessed with her weight and marital status in "Bridget Jones's Diary," says she can relate to the fear of failure.

"I worry about personal failure, in terms of making bad choices in my life, letting people down, letting myself down because I compromised my convictions in some way," Zellweger said in Sunday's Parade magazine.

Zellweger, 32, said she has faced difficult times, including the 1995 suicide death of her ex-boyfriend, just a few months before she auditioned for her breakout role in "Jerry Maguire."

"It came at a time when I was at a crossroads in my life and there was not a lot of light," Zellweger said.

But she said she finds acting "so fulfilling that it surpasses whatever thoughts of fear of failure I might have."

Home of the misguided

In a bizarre mix of style and taste, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler took the stage Sunday at the Indianapolis 500 with Florence Henderson, mother to the 1970s sitcom family "The Brady Bunch."

Henderson sang "America the Beautiful." Tyler sang the national anthem like an aging rock star who doesn't sing it often. Wearing a flowing blue-starred shirt and red-and-white scarf, Tyler was so swept up in the moment he ended the song by singing "the home of the Indianapolis 500" instead of "home of the brave."

Not everyone was impressed.

"It would have been nice had it been about us," said race fan and Vietnam veteran Don Gillingham, rolling up his sleeve to show a faded blue Navy tattoo. "It is Memorial Day weekend."

Tyler said he meant no offense.

Family values

Author and poet Maya Angelou envisions Memorial Day as a time of personal reflection. Speaking Sunday at an Atlanta church, Angelou said young people too often idolize pop culture stars and need to seek inspiration from the heroes and "she-roes" in their own families.

"They have paid for us, and it moves us to stop on Memorial Day and remember them," Angelou told several thousand people during a speech at Hillside Chapel & Truth Center.

Not afraid of Nero Wolfe

Timothy Hutton, star of A&E;'s "Nero Wolfe" detective series, grew up reading mystery novels and says he's still a fan of whodunits.

Hutton, 40, who plays Wolfe's slimmer, dashing legman Archie in the television series, told Parade magazine he discovered author Rex Stout and his Nero Wolfe series in high school and has read all 73 novels.

The mysteries are set in the 1940s and 1950s in the Manhattan townhouse of the eccentric, orchid-cultivating Wolfe.

"We wanted to be faithful to the books," Hutton said. "Even the colors. Nero Wolfe always wears yellow shirts. The front stoop has to have seven steps. There's a look to the show."


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