A pen for her thoughts

New York � She's gone from "Baywatch" babe to "V.I.P." vixen. Now, Pamela Anderson has a new gig as a magazine columnist.

Anderson will write a monthly feature for Jane magazine starting in September called "Pam Honestly." She'll focus on issues including domestic abuse, women's health and parenthood.

The mother of two young boys with her ex-husband, former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Anderson disclosed in March that she has hepatitis C. She also announced recently that she's engaged to rap-rocker Kid Rock.

"She has a very open and honest writing style that I know our readers will be able to relate to," editor-in-chief Jane Pratt said Monday. "It will be a perfect fit for the magazine, and we are excited to add her voice to our team."

A shot of goodwill

Machakos, Kenya � She couldn't actually administer the vaccinations, but Jane Seymour, who starred in the CBS drama "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," lent her celebrity Tuesday to a campaign aimed at eliminating measles in Africa.

Seymour, with eight Los Angeles school children and a documentary film crew in tow, toured vaccination centers set up as part of The Measles Initiative � a five-year, continentwide American Red Cross campaign.

Measles, a highly contagious disease that can be fatal, was once common in North America and Europe and still kills more than 450,000 children a year in Africa.

The stork is out there

Los Angeles � It's a boy for actress Tea Leoni and former "X-Files" star David Duchovny.

The 7-pound, 10-ounce boy, the couple's second child, was born Saturday at a Los Angeles area hospital, publicist Annett Wolf said Monday. The newborn's name wasn't disclosed.

Leoni, 36, and Duchovny, 41, were married in 1997. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Madelaine West Duchovny.

Leoni has appeared in the films "Jurassic Park III," "The Family Man" and "Deep Impact." Duchovny is best known for his role as alien-chasing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on "The X-Files," which ended a nine-season run last month.

Gone Hawaiian

Honolulu � He played an ancient warrior in the action film "The Scorpion King," and now The Rock says he wants to play Hawaii's most famous warrior-king, Kamehameha the Great.

A movie about the warrior who united the islands into the Kingdom of Hawaii would be the first feature film based on the life of a Hawaiian king.

The World Wrestling Entertainment star, whose real name is Dwayne Johnson, said last week he's working on a deal to play King Kamehameha, who ruled from 1795-1819.

"Sony Pictures has just purchased the rights and (the project) will be in development for myself to play King Kamehameha in a movie based on his life," he said.


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