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Lucci gets her star



Published: Sat, January 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Lucci gets her star

LOS ANGELES -- The conniving Erica Kane, who has had a dozen careers and nearly as many marriages, made the trip from Pine Valley to Hollywood Boulevard to see her alter ego, actress Susan Lucci, receive a star on the Walk of Fame. Lucci is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children." Rain falling on the city halted just long enough Friday for Lucci to accept the honor. "When I was a kid, I used to dance around the house and sing songs like, 'Nobody is going to rain on my parade,"' she said. "And today is a sunshiny day!" Lucci joined the show in 1970, just after graduating from college. She famously was snubbed for a daytime Emmy Award for 18 years, finally winning the honor in 1999. The 58-year-old actress appeared in the Broadway revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" and regularly tours the country giving concerts with Regis Philbin. She also has a line of handbags, jewelry, clothing, perfume and other products she sells through the Home Shopping Network.

Baby No. 3 for Seinfelds?

NEW YORK -- Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld may be expecting their third child, Us Weekly hears. The comic's rep will only say, "We don't have any baby announcements at this time."

Ready for 'Boston Public'

LOS ANGELES -- Kerry Washington, who earned raves for her performance as Ray Charles' long-suffering wife Della Bea Robinson in the Oscar-nominated "Ray," has signed on for a multiepisode arc on ABC's "Boston Legal." Washington will make her first appearance on "Boston Legal" during the February sweeps period. The actress will play Chelina Hall, a new associate at the show's central law firm of Crane, Poole & amp; Schmidt. Washington arrives in the Feb. 20 episode titled "Tortured Souls."

Marsalis signs on forN.C. campus jazz program

DURHAM, N.C. -- Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the other members of his quartet have agreed to be resident artists for the jazz program at North Carolina Central University. Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts will share their expertise and artistry with students four consecutive days a month throughout the spring semester starting Monday, said Ira Wiggins, director of the jazz program. The program has about 35 jazz majors, two big bands, four combos and a vocal ensemble. The students at the historically black university are excited about the chance to work with Marsalis and his group, Wiggins said. "They know it's a special opportunity," he said.

Will Winfrey really quit?

LAS VEGAS -- Oprah Winfrey has threatened to retire -- again. The New Age queen, who made a similar pronouncement in 1997, told network execs in Las Vegas that she may hang up the mike when her contract is up in 2011. "I really do think that's going to be it," said the daytime talk-show goddess, reportedly worth $1.1 billion.

Janet Jackson to performat pre-Super Bowl party

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Janet Jackson is ready to make an encore at the big game just a year after enduring a wardrobe malfunction that rocked the world, reports E!Online. Jackson will attend a celebrity scholarship party in Jacksonville sponsored by the Black Family Channel on Saturday, the day before the Patriots and Eagles square off. The party is open to the public, and tickets will go on sale soon. Needless to say, the event is not affiliated with the NFL. Jackson remains persona non grata in the league for her split-second, breast-baring episode at the hand of duet partner Justin Timberlake that was witnessed by some 90 million TV viewers, resulted in $550,000 in FCC fines against CBS affiliates and touched an unprecedented period of censorship and national hand-wringing.

Notable deaths

LONDON -- Jim Capaldi, the legendary drummer of 1960s rock group Traffic, has died, a spokeswoman for his family said. He was 60. Capaldi, who was inducted last year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of Traffic, died Friday in his sleep at the London Clinic, where he was being treated for stomach cancer, spokeswoman Judy Totton said. Capaldi formed the psychedelic rock group with fellow musician Steve Winwood.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- George "Doc" Abraham, a wisecracking gardening guru who teamed up with his wife on one of the longest-running shows on American radio with the same hosts, has died. He was 89. Abraham died Thursday at a hospital in Canandaigua of complications from congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Leanna. The couple wrapped up the last edition of "The Green Thumb" on Dec. 14, 2002, with a trademark signoff they had used for a half-century.

Today's birthdays

Comedian Dick Martin is 83. Actress Dorothy Malone is 80. Producer-director Harold Prince is 77. Actor Gene Hackman is 75. Actress Tammy Grimes is 71. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 68. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 68. Country singer Norma Jean is 67. Vice President Dick Cheney is 64. Rock singer Marty Balin is 63. R & amp;B musician William King (The Commodores) is 56. Singer Phil Collins is 54. Actor Charles S. Dutton is 54. Actress-comedian Brett Butler is 47. Singer Jody Watley is 46. Country singer Tammy Cochran is 33. Actor Christian Bale is 31. Actor Wilmer Valderrama is 25. Actor Jake Thomas is 15.




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