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September 22, 2004

Shepherd shows off 'jet lag hair' on TV


LONDON (AP) - With her red velvet hooded cape, Cybill Shepherd could have been Little Red Riding Hood.

During an interview on Britain's GMTV Tuesday morning, the 54-year-old actress-singer, who once appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine, explained that she'd worn the cape to hide her "jet lag hair."

"Sorry about the cape, but I didn't have time to do my hair," she explained to bemused host Fiona Phillips. Shepherd is in Britain to promote her one-woman cabaret show, "Cybill Disobedience," which opens in London next week.

She removed the cape to reveal her blond hair tied up in a topknot. Loosening her tresses, she laughed, "Would you like me to brush it now?"

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Shepherd said she hoped to make a film version of "Moonlighting," the hit '80s TV show that also starred Bruce Willis.

The pair had a falling out while filming the series but Shepherd said they are now friends.

"When people get a tremendous amount of success, especially for the first time, it doesn't necessarily bring out the best in them," she said. "We get on fine now. I adore Bruce and we're dying to do a 'Moonlighting' movie."




Croatian TV program gets smoking warning


ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - They sit together in a whirlpool bath, tell intimate stories and compete for a $166,650 prize. But the health minister has warned 12 contestants of Croatia's "Big Brother" television show: Stop smoking or you'll pay for it.

Health minister Andrija Hebrang said Tuesday that some of the players freely smoke during the show, which is televised live on Croatia's RTL channel, and that the practice violates a law that bans smoking in public.

The law provides for fines of up to $83,300, but Hebrang said he decided to first warn the show's producers and contestants in a letter.

"I understand that it's a widely popular show, but the law must be the same for all," Hebrang said.

Croatia's version of "Big Brother" was launched Saturday.




Fergie: Government needs to help obese


AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) - Sarah Ferguson is happy to travel the country waving the Weight Watchers flag, but says the government needs to do its part to combat obesity.

Ferguson led more than 700 Weight Watchers faithful in a rousing "super meeting" Monday as part of an eight-city tour for the weight-loss group. Afterward, she said membership to such support-based systems should be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Great Britain's health care system, she said, is considering such a proposal.

"Yes, I can speak for Weight Watchers. Yes, I can travel around inspiring people, but let's get the country to be a bit more supportive and realizing it's a killer," said the former member of Britain's royal family, who has lobbied on Capitol Hill on weight-related health issues.

Onstage - Ferguson entered behind three pompom-waving women with "Pretty Woman" blaring on speakers - Ferguson recounted a struggle with weight that began with her parents' divorce when she was 12 and continued through her marriage to Prince Andrew, when the tabloids dubbed her "Duchess of Pork."

"I started so believing it I started sabotaging my life," Ferguson, wearing a charcoal pinstriped suit, told the audience, ticking off financial problems, the end of her marriage and other embarrassments that fed a tabloid frenzy in the 1980s and '90s.

"If you're going to humiliate yourself, do it in front of an entire country," she said.

Ferguson said she has no problems sharing her story, embarrassments and all, with fellow Weight Watchers members. Had she opened up earlier, she said, she may not have turned to food for comfort in hard times.

Ferguson said people are often surprised at her approachability, something she credits to the shared struggles.




Sean Penn to voice Dylan's 'Chronicles'


NEW YORK (AP) - Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn will read the audiobook version of Bob Dylan's "Chronicles: Volume One," to be published Oct. 12 by Simon & Schuster Audio.

The book and audiobook comprise the first in a series of the singer-songwriter's personal histories, with the first volume consisting of first-person narratives focusing on significant periods in Dylan's life and career, the publisher said last week.

The audiobook version runs for six hours on four cassettes or five CDs.




Oscars plan lottery for red carpet seats


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Fans of Oscar can enter a random drawing for bleacher seats to watch the red carpet arrivals at next year's Academy Awards.

Applications for tickets for the 300 bleacher seats outside the Kodak Theatre are available at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Web site until noon Monday. Those successful in the random drawing will be notified after Oct. 1, the Academy said Monday.

This marks the third year that applications will be required for bleacher seats. This year's application process will be conducted only online.

The 77th Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 27.

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