Thursday, May 1, 2003

Beautiful cover girl

New York -- For the seventh time, Halle Berry is on People magazine's annual list of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." The 34-year-old actress is on the cover of the issue that comes out Friday.

Julia Roberts is on the "Most Beautiful" list for a record eighth time. Also appearing this year are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, twin teen stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, and singers Norah Jones and Usher.

I pity the store ...

Los Angeles -- Mr. T has sued Best Buy Co. Inc., claiming the nation's largest electronics store didn't have permission to use his likeness in a print ad.

The tough-guy actor, born Laurence Tureaud, is seeking unspecified monetary damages in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit claims the ads are devaluing a "unique persona that (he) developed for (more than) 20 years and is of great economic value to him."

Tureaud, 52, is best known for his roles on the NBC series "The A-Team" in the 1980s and as boxer Clubber Lang in "Rocky III." He survived a bout with cancer in 1991 and most recently was featured in commercials for a collect-call phone service.

Soul survivor

New York -- Mary Wilson hopes more people will pay attention to soul greats of the 1950s and '60s with the release of the documentary "Only the Strong Survive," which pays tribute to her, Isaac Hayes, the Chi-Lites and other classic soul acts.

"This is a music of America right here, this is R&B music, that people tend to forget," the former Supreme said after the film's premiere Tuesday.

"We in America have become so commercialized ... the turnover is so fast that there's not enough room for the old and the new," she said. "You have to put the old out to pasture, and that's kind of what has happened, and that's unfortunate, because this is great, great music."

Goodall work recognized

Cambridge, Mass. -- Jane Goodall was honored with Harvard University's 2003 Global Environmental Citizen award.

"Jane Goodall's groundbreaking and captivating research with chimpanzees continues to change the way we perceive our animal cousins and ourselves," said Eric Chivian, director of Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment, which presents the award.

Goodall was recognized for her work with environmental initiatives through the Jane Goodall Institute, including the Congo Basin Project, which aims to stop poachers who threaten chimpanzees' survival in the area; and Roots and Shoots, which supports students in projects to benefit animals and the environment.

Best known for her study of chimpanzees in Africa, Goodall now lectures on the threats facing primates and other environmental crises, and is working to curb a decline in chimpanzee populations.