Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Queen honors film stars
London ï¿½ Ben Kingsley was knighted on Tuesday, an honor that he told Queen Elizabeth II was far greater than receiving an Academy Award.
"I told the queen that winning an Oscar pales into insignificance. This is insurmountable," Kingsley said after the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The 58-year-old won a best-actor Oscar for starring in the 1982 movie "Gandhi," and is up for best supporting actor this year in the gangster thriller "Sexy Beast."
Lynn Redgrave, who first gained fame with the title role in "Georgy Girl" in 1966 and earned a 1998 Academy Award nomination for "Gods and Monsters," was invested Tuesday as an Officer of the Order of British Empire, or OBE.
"I've lived in L.A. for over 20 years, but I still feel very British. I don't think you can ever take the Brit out of a Brit," the 59-year-old actress said.
Space station phones home
Cape Canaveral, Fla. ï¿½ The crew of the international space station joined Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios Florida on Tuesday in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."
In a telephone hookup, one of the 28 school children gathered at Universal Studios Florida's E.T. Adventure attraction in Orlando asked the astronauts how long it would take to get to E.T.'s home.
"As far as we understand it, the green planet is 3 million light years away," astronaut Daniel Bursch replied. "Using the engines, technology, that we have today, it will only take about 75 billion years to get there. But hopefully, we'll be going a little bit faster soon."
Bringing Lucy home
Jamestown, N.Y. ï¿½ Lucille Ball's remains could be moved to her hometown once plans to restructure and expand a museum there are complete, her daughter said.
Lucie Arnaz said her mother wanted to be buried with her mother, "Dee Dee" Evelyn Hunt. The cremated remains of both women would be moved to Jamestown.
Ball died in 1989 at age 77.
"They are together in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles," Arnaz said. "I don't live near there. My brother is really not very close to there, either. There's nobody there to visit them, so I thought it might be a good idea to bring her home."
Jerry Lee's obscenity watch
Nesbit, Miss. ï¿½ Singer Jerry Lee Lewis has installed a surveillance system to watch for people scrawling vulgarities on the fence at his Mississippi ranch.
The fence was freshly painted last Wednesday. By Thursday, obscenities and lewd cartoons covered the white paint, a ranch official said Monday.
"We don't need that kind of stuff," said Bob McCarver, who oversees the ranch. "It looks bad on Jerry Lee, and it looks bad on the neighborhood. ... You don't want your kids to see that when you drive by."