Carson guest booksup for auction on eBay
LOS ANGELES -- Guest books that were signed by Johnny Carson's famous visitors to "The Tonight Show" and nearly tossed out in the 1960s may turn into treasure for their owner. The three books, containing signatures of Groucho Marx, Paul Newman, Arnold Palmer and other celebrities, are being auctioned online by Steve North, whose father, Jules, worked for NBC's "Tonight." The books include more than 400 signatures and notes and drawings some visitors made for Carson from 1963 to 1965, North said. The book-signing tradition fell off in the third season. As a youngster, Steve North said, he became a familiar face collecting autographs backstage at "Tonight." When the guest books were about to be thrown out during a 1967 closet-cleaning, a program executive recalled the young North's interest and suggested he might like them.
Cher to end tour in April
LOS ANGELES -- Cher is ending her three-year Farewell Never Can Say Goodbye Tour tour. The last show on the 58-year-old superstar's final tour be April 30 at the Hollywood Bowl.
'Bachelorette' pair splits
LOS ANGELES -- True love has once again crashed on the rocky shoals of reality television: Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee of "The Bachelorette" are calling it quits. "Our relationship began with great expectations for a happy ending, but unfortunately things didn't work out as we had hoped," the pair told the TV magazine "Extra." They were together for a year.
Hilton to host 'SNL'
NEW YORK -- Paris Hilton can add host of "Saturday Night Live" to her r & eacute;sum & eacute;, which includes reality TV star, actress, singer, author and jewelry designer. Hilton will host Saturday's show, with British band Keane as the musical guest, NBC said Tuesday. She previously appeared on "SNL" in a tongue-in-cheek interview with Jimmy Fallon on the show's "Weekend Update" segment. Hilton is the star of "The Simple Life" with friend Nicole Richie. The Fox TV reality series, now in its third season, features the duo working in a series of menial jobs. She has published a memoir, "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose." A sex video surfaced in 2003 just before the start of her reality show.
Yarrow happy to gethandmade guitar back
MIAMI -- Fans of Peter, Paul & amp; Mary know a hot guitar when they see one. A handmade Larrivee acoustic guitar owned by Peter Yarrow disappeared on a flight from Washington to Fort Lauderdale in December 2000. It looked like it was gone for good until something like it surfaced on an eBay auction. Browsers recognized the six-string guitar and notified eBay and Yarrow. The online auction company canceled the auction and e-mailed law enforcement. Within an hour Monday, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orijuela said, agents found the guitar in the Miami suburb of Sunny Isles Beach. "I'm very delighted, and so is Puff the Magic Dragon," Yarrow said. Arrangements for returning the guitar hadn't been made, but Yarrow was anxious to get back his beloved instrument.
Bob Schieffer to serveas transitional anchor
NEW YORK -- Dan Rather will be temporarily replaced with veteran "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer when Rather steps down next month as "CBS Evening News" anchor, the network said Wednesday. Schieffer will serve "for a short transition period" until the broadcast gets a new format, CBS News President Andrew Heyward said. CBS chief Leslie Moonves said last month that he was probably going to install a multi-anchor format for the "CBS Evening News," which has been a distant third in the ratings behind NBC and ABC. The Schieffer announcement confirms that new format won't be ready in time for Rather's exit March 9 -- the 24th anniversary of when he took over from Walter Cronkite.
LOS ANGELES -- Philip DeGuere Jr., a writer and producer best known as the creator and original executive producer of the television series "Simon and Simon," has died. He was 60. DeGuere died of cancer recently at his Los Angeles home . The innovative DeGuere also wrote several episodes for "Simon and Simon," which starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Dan Lee, a lead animator at Pixar Animation Studios, part of some of the most successful animated films including "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters,Inc.," died recently from lung cancer, a friend said. He was 35.
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