Saturday, June 29, 2002
Springer gets South African show
Johannesburg, South Africa ï¿½ Jerry Springer will play host to a late-night show, "Jerry Springer Saturday Night," in South Africa later this year that promises to be more "traditional" than his popular U.S. tabloid show.
The weekly program will feature interviews with celebrities, an opening monologue and a live studio audience. The series is set to begin in November on local pay channel M-Net.
Springer, who was in Johannesburg negotiating for 26 episodes, declined to say what the deal was worth. He is host of a similar late-night talk show in England.
Glover's art, humanity honored
Philadelphia ï¿½ Actor and human rights activist Danny Glover will be the fifth recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, which honors artists whose leadership benefits humanity.
Glover is this year's recipient because of his work as an artist and a humanitarian, Mayor John F. Street announced.
Glover, 54, is to accept the award, and its accompanying $100,000 honorarium, on Nov. 11 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
The award is named for Marian Anderson, the late opera singer and Philadelphia native who was the first black performer to entertain at the White House.
Fox, husband go separate ways
Los Angelesï¿½ Actress Vivica A. Fox is seeking a divorce from her husband of almost four years, according to a petition filed Thursday in Superior Court.
Fox married Christopher Harvest in December 1998. The couple had no children together.
The 37-year-old actress is co-starring in the new film "Juwanna Mann." Other credits include "Double Take" and "Independence Day."
McCartney beseeches McDonald's
Norfolk, Va. ï¿½ Paul McCartney wants McDonald's to apply its U.S. animal welfare standards to its restaurants worldwide.
The former Beatle, who married Heather Mills earlier this month, took time out from his honeymoon to write to the top 100 shareholders of McDonald's, asking them to urge the fast-food chain to extend the standards.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released the letter Thursday. The Norfolk-based animal rights organization said McCartney had written the letter on behalf of the group and Trillium Asset Management, an investment firm in Boston.
Cleese unveils Freud plaque
London ï¿½ In London to film his role as a nearly headless ghost, actor John Cleese was all cerebral Friday as he unveiled a commemorative plaque at the home of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
Cleese's wife, psychotherapist Alice Faye Cleese, unveiled a second plaque at the house for her teacher, Freud's daughter Anna Freud, a pioneer of child psychology.
Cleese was in London for the filming of the second "Harry Potter" movie.
Freud fled the Nazis in Vienna and came to England with his family in 1938.