Scarlett Johansson confirms engagement

Scarlett Johansson confirms engagement

NEW YORK — Hours after confirming her engagement to Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson flashed a diamond ring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. The 23-year-old actress unveiled the sparkler while walking the red carpet — sans Reynolds — at Monday night’s celeb-studded event, which drew the likes of Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Vanessa Williams will get her degree

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Nearly 25 years after leaving Syracuse University, Vanessa Williams will get her bachelor of fine arts degree this weekend. The 45-year-old actress-singer, who stars in ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” will also deliver the convocation address Saturday to graduates of Syracuse’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Williams attended Syracuse’s drama department as a musical theater major from 1981-1983. She earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and performances on stage and screen. In 1983, Williams became the first black Miss America.

She surrendered the title in July 1984 after Penthouse magazine published nude, sexually explicit photographs of her taken several years earlier. Over her career, Williams has sold more than 4 million albums, won critical praise for her performances on Broadway, made dozens of TV appearances and starred in several movies. She has won a Tony, received two NAACP Image Awards and nine Grammy nominations.

‘Hazel’ cartoonist is dead at 95

PHILADELPHIA — Cartoonist Ted Key, whose comic strip “Hazel” about a bossy maid went from magazine page to TV screen, has died. He was 95. He died Saturday at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Tredyffrin Township after a 11‚Ñ2-year battle with cancer, his son Peter Key said Monday.

“Hazel” was a popular feature in The Saturday Evening Post from the time it debuted in 1943. It evolved into a prime-time series in 1961 that starred Shirley Booth and ran for four years on NBC and one year on CBS.

Key also created the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman for producer Jay Ward. The time-traveling dog/scientist and his boy made their TV debuts in 1959 in segments on the animated show “Rocky and His Friends.”

Today’s birthdays

Singer Jimmy Ruffin is 69. Actress Robin Strasser (“Passions”) is 63. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead is 62. News correspondent Tim Russert (“Meet the Press”) is 58. Actor Robert Hegyes (“Welcome Back, Kotter”) is 57. Actor Michael E. Knight (“All My Children”) is 49. Guitarist Phil Campbell of Motorhead is 47. Actress Traci Lords is 39. Singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 37. Actor Breckin Meyer (“Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “Road Trip”) is 34.

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