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Friday, 25 May, 2001, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Jack Lemmon has operation
Actor Jack Lemmon, 76, has undergone surgery to remove his gall bladder, it has been reported.

The star of Some Like It Hot and The Odd Couple is recovering from the operation, which took place in Los Angeles earlier this month after he was recovering from pneumonia, Daily Variety reported.

His family told the newspaper he was "doing great" and was expected to return home soon.

The star won Oscars as best supporting actor in 1955 for Mister Roberts and best actor for Save The Tiger in 1973.


Basil returns to BBC

Basil Brush will return to TV screens next year on BBC children's television, CBBC, on BBC One.

News of the puppet's return boosted shares in the company which owns the rights to Basil Brush, Entertainment Rights plc.

Basil is set to return in a series of sitcom-style programmes of 30-minute episodes.

The posh puppet was a huge hit in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, where he commanded a primetime spot and audiences of up to 13 million viewers.


National courts Glenn Close

American actress Glenn Close is being lined up to appear in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Royal National Theatre.

Discussions are at an early stage but director Trevor Nunn is keen for the star, who appeared in films such as Fatal Attraction and 101 Dalmatians, to take the role of Blanche DuBois.

Four years ago Jessica Lange played the part in Tenessee Williams' classic play in a production at the Theatre Royal, directed by Sir Peter Hall.


Popstars perform for Prince

Popstars Hear'Say will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday night for a concert to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh's 80th birthday.

The group will be joined by a variety of performers, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Lionel Ritchie and Larry Adler.

Also perfoming at the private event will be Mel B, Julian Lloyd Webber and Claire Sweeney, from Brookside.

The event is being filmed by the BBC and will be screened on Saturday night.


Dylan essay goes on sale

A school essay by Bob Dylan on John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is on sale for almost $25,000 (15,600).

The essay is part of a collection of the musician's memorabilia on sale in New York to mark Dylan's 60th birthday.

The shop, Gotta Have It, is also selling a yearbook from when he left school and one of his mouth organs.

Manager Bob Schargrin told the New York Post: "Aside from the Beatles, he's the single most valued signature in rock and roll."


Dermot quits T4

TV presenter Dermot O'Leary is quitting as host of Channel 4's Sunday morning slot, T4, at the end of July.

O'Leary, who has also deputised on The Big Breakfast, has several new projects lined up, including presenting a show on BBC Two.

He said: "I feel I have taken the show as far as we can go together.

"I have some exciting projects both at my home at Channel 4 and further afield where I can gain on my experience and expertise."


Divorce confirmed for Fonda and Turner

Actress and fitness guru Jane Fonda has been granted a divorce from the billionaire Ted Turner.

Fonda filed for divorce last month, citing their 10 year marriage was "irreconcilably broken".

Turner, the founder of CNN, told The New Yorker in an interview last month that Fonda's decision to become a Christian played a role in their break-up.

No details of the divorce settlement have been revealed.

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