Wednesday, July 7, 2004
'Scotty' has Alzheimer's
Seattle -- James M. Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on the '60s "Star Trek" TV series, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his agent confirmed Tuesday.
Doohan, 84, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's "within the last couple months," agent Steven Stevens told The Associated Press.
Doohan also has suffered for some time with Parkinson's disease, diabetes and fibrosis due to chemical exposure during World War II and the D-Day invasion in France, Stevens said.
Doohan is scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Aug. 31. He plans to attend a three-day "Star Trek" farewell convention, Aug. 28-30, in Hollywood, Stevens said. All surviving members of the original Enterprise crew are scheduled to attend, including William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy, who was Mr. Spock.
Cambodia offers citizenship
Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Cambodia's prime minister has offered actress Angelina Jolie Cambodian citizenship in recognition for her nature conservation work in the country.
Jolie is giving a Cambodian community development organization $1.5 million for its environmental protection efforts in remote parts of the country's northwest.
The project aims to protect about 148,200 acres of forest in the Samlaut and Pailin areas, both former strongholds of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.
The 29-year-old actress, who arrived Tuesday for a two-day visit, said she would accept the citizenship if given. She didn't elaborate or talk about her U.S. citizenship. Cambodia allows dual citizenship.
Spelling a first-time bride
Los Angeles -- Tori Spelling, best known for her role as Donna on TV's "Beverly Hills, 90210," is a new bride.
Spelling, 31, and actor-writer Charlie Shanian were married Saturday at her parents' home in Holmby Hills, publicist Cece Yorke said Monday. It is the first marriage for both.
Spelling, daughter of TV producer Aaron Spelling, spent 10 years on his hit series about a group of rich teens who attend Beverly Hills High School. The series ran from 1990 to 2000.
Her films include "Scary Movie 2," "Scream 2" and "Troop Beverly Hills."
Quaid on third marriage
Los Angeles -- Dennis Quaid celebrated Independence Day by getting married to Texas real estate agent Kimberley Buffington.
Quaid, 50, and Buffington, 32, tied the knot Sunday in Montana, according to the actor's spokeswoman, Cara Tripicchio. The site of the wedding wasn't disclosed.
Quaid's 12-year-old son, Jack Henry Quaid, stood as the best man, and the bride's attendant was her brother.
This is Quaid's third marriage. He was previously married to actresses P.J. Soles and Meg Ryan.