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Friday, 11 May, 2001, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Anne Archer takes Graduate role
Actress Anne Archer will take over the Mrs Robinson role from Amanda Donohue in the West End play The Graduate.

The role has taken on a measure of fame for a brief scene in which the actress playing Mrs Robinson bares all.

Jerry Hall and Kathleen Turner have also played the part in the production.

Archer, best known for her role in Fatal Attraction, is the oldest of the four stars to have taken the role, at 53-years-old.


Actor helps police hunt killer

American actor Robert Blake has handed over hundreds of documents, photographs and audio tapes to police investigating the murder of his wife.

Bonny Lee Bakley was shot in her car last week after dining out with her husband in Los Angeles.

Police also plan to interview Blake's bodyguard, Earl Caulfield, who reportedly saw a man watching the actor's house in recent weeks.

The actor's wife had complained of a man stalking her in recent weeks.

Blake is best known for his part in the American detective series Baretta.


Mary Tyler Moore statue planned

A life-size statue of actress Mary Tyler Moore is to be erected in Minneapolis.

The sculpture is to be erected on the exact spot the actress was seen in the opening shots of her 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The sculpture was commissioned by TV Land, the cable channel that syndicates re-runs of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Gwendolyn Gillen will design and create the bronze sculpture that will be placed on a pavement in the city.


Coppola musical 'for West End'

Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, best known for Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now, wants to stage a rock'n'roll musical in London's West End.

The 62-year-old, who also made the Godfather trilogy, said he was looking for the earliest opportunity to stage Gidget, a teenage surfing musical.

Coppola said at a press conference in Cannes that there were many sides to his creative talents and he was not all "napalm and gangsters".

The director co-wrote Gidget with John Farrar, best known for his work on the smash stage and screen hit Grease.


Guns'N'Roses cancel UK dates

Rock band Guns 'N' Roses have pulled a series of UK dates - their first for eight years - because their guitarist is ill.

Lead guitarist Buckethead is undergoing tests after he was found to have internal haemorrhaging which caused him to miss rehearsals with the band.

The band's tour agent John Jackson said: "Management are waiting to be informed of his prognosis and as soon as I have further news, I will bring it to you."

The UK dates affected are at London Arena on 10 June, Glasgow SECC on 12 June, Manchester Evening News Arena on 13 June and Birmingham NEC on 14 June.


Lawrence treads West End boards

Actress and comedian Josie Lawrence has made her West End debut in The King And I in front of a celebrity-packed audience.

Among those attending the London Palladium were the Princess Royal's children Peter and Zara Phillips.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, politician Mo Mowlam, presenter Vanessa Feltz and Queen star Brian May and his partner Anita Dobson were also guests.

Lawrence, who starred in Fat Friends and Whose Line is it Anyway, took over the lead role from Elaine Page.

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