Saturday, January 17, 2004
Weezie wins deluxe star
Los Angeles -- Isabel Sanford, best known as Louise Jefferson or "Weezie" on the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," moved on up to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Sanford, 86, above, was joined at the ceremony Thursday by about 300 fans, family members and friends, including Johnny Grant, left, honorary mayor of Hollywood and chairman of the Walk of Fame.
Sanford made her feature film debut in the classic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." In 1981, she became the first black woman to receive an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series.
Comedian claims innocence
New Orleans -- Comedian Jamie Foxx and his sister pleaded not guilty Friday to charges from a fight with police officers and security guards last year at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.
Foxx, 36, and sister Deidra Dixon both attended the hearing, where a Feb. 3 trial date was set.
The two were arrested April 26 after police said they and a group of their friends refused to show identification at the door, then entered the casino and refused requests to leave.
Electra master of her own domain
Geneva -- Former "Baywatch" star Carmen Electra has won control of the Internet name www.carmenelectra.com in a ruling by a United Nations panel.
An arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization ordered the transfer of the domain name to the 31-year-old actress, who had complained that it was being used to divert Internet traffic to a commercial site, Celebrity1000.
A number of celebrities have already won the Internet version of their names back, including Pamela Anderson, Bruce Springsteen and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Crystal pumped for Oscars
Los Angeles -- Billy Crystal, 55, says he felt the itch again -- and that's why he's back as host of the Oscars.
The Academy Awards will be shown Feb. 29 on ABC, and it will be Crystal's eighth time as host. He last was host in 2000.
Steve Martin was last year's host.
Clapp to join derriere fraternity
New York -- Police Detective Greg Medavoy, Gordon Clapp's character on "NYPD Blue," will soon get his rear end exposed.
The episode, scheduled to air in March, "is shrouded in secrecy," ABC said. The 55-year-old is one of the few actors on "NYPD Blue" who hasn't been seen in the buff.