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Thursday, 30 November, 2000, 15:51 GMT
Lemmon receives Tracy award
Two-time Oscar winner Jack Lemmon has won an award named after the actor he considers the best ever.

Lemmon, 75, received the 12th annual Spencer Tracy Award for dramatic achievement at a ceremony in LA.

The Odd Couple star recalled meeting Tracy on the set of The Last Hurrah.

"He listened phenomenally with his eyes, face and body movements," said Lemmon.

"He was trying to glean the meaning within the person."


Waters to host film awards

Cult director John Waters will host the 16th annual Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles next year.

The awards celebrate the best of independent filmmaking. Winners of the 2000 awards included Being John Malkovich and The Blair Witch Project.

Waters was twice nominated at the awards for his film Hairspray in 1989.

His latest film Cecil B Demented, starring Melanie Griffiths and Stephen Dorff, is released in the UK next week.


Travolta landed with big tax bill

Hollywood star John Travolta has agreed to pay back 380,000 in back taxes to the Inland Revenue Service in the US.

The 46-year-old actor's dispute with the American tax authorities dated back five years.

Travolta has agreed to pay back half the sum the IRS had claimed although he will not have to pay any penalties.

Since his Hollywood comeback with Pulp Fiction in 1994, Travolta has been able to command around 14m per movie.


Cilla Black pulls out of Lennon tribute

Blind Date star Cilla Black has pulled out of unveiling a John Lennon blue plaque after the Beatle's family complained that a relative should do it.

"She is a fabulous presenter," Lennon's half-sister Julia Baird told Q Online website, "but none of us know her."

National Heritage chose Cilla Black but son and manager Robert said she was "happy for them to unveil it."

Lennon's cousin Stanley Parkes will now unveil the plaque on 8 December.

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