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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 May, 2004, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK
Singer Joel pens children's book
Singer Billy Joel will publish a children's book based on a 1993 song dedicated to his daughter.

Goodnight My Angel, the first of two book he will write, is based on a song he wrote for Alexa Ray while divorcing her mother, Christie Brinkley.

US firm Scholastic is expected to publish the book in the autumn of 2005.

"Reassuring children that they are not alone or could be abandoned is very important for their well-being," the singer said in a statement.


Toy firm sued by Schwarzenegger

Actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is suing a toy firm that sells "bobblehead" dolls of him wearing a suit and holding a large rifle.

His film company Oak Productions Inc claims the $19.95 (11.25) dolls illegally exploit the actor's image.

But Ohio Discount Merchandise Inc says the dolls are a political parody and are therefore protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

The film company said damages in the case could exceed $1m (564,000).


Actor Tony Randall dies at 84

Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Randall, best-known for his role as the uptight Felix in the US TV series The Odd Couple, has died aged 84.

"Mr Randall passed away on Monday evening at a hospital after battling with a long-term illness since January," said his spokesman.

The actor underwent triple bypass surgery last year but developed pneumonia after the operation.

Randall, a father of two, only became a parent for the first time at age 77.


Twins for Hollywood actress Davis

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has given birth to twin boys in Los Angeles, her spokesman has said.

The boys, named Kian William and Kaiis Steven, were born on 6 May and are "doing beautifully," the publicist said.

Davis, 48, and her husband, surgeon Dr Reza Jarrahy, already have a two-year-old daughter, Alizeh Keshvar.

The actress won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1989 for her role as an eccentric dog trainer in The Accidental Tourist.


Actor Murray's lifetime honour

Actor Bill Murray has received a lifetime achievement award at a US film festival.

Murray, 53, who won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his role in Lost in Translation, was honoured at the event in Jacksonville, Florida.

Kissing the glass-and-wood award, he said: "It smells like the ocean. It's the only award I have that does."

Murray's latest film, Coffee and Cigarettes, is a compilation of vignettes featuring actors and musicians playing versions of themselves as they indulge in banter.


Osmond buried amid 'bounty' claim

Olive Osmond, the matriarch of the singing Osmond family, has been buried amid tight security after a sum of $30,000 (16,000) was apparently offered for a photograph of her in a coffin.

A family spokesman said although there had been a "real threat", there were no apparent attempts at taking such a picture.

Fans had contacted the Osmond brothers in Branson, Missouri, to tell them that a website had posted details of a rumour offering the "bounty".

About 20 security personnel watched over the traditional Mormon funeral in Provo, Utah, as Mrs Osmond, 79, was laid to rest at a service attended by about 1,200 members of the public.


Destiny's Rowland gets engaged

Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has announced her engagement to Dallas Cowboys American football star Roy Williams.

The Grammy-winning artist celebrated with her musical colleagues Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams.

The engagement comes at an exciting time for Rowland, currently in the studio recording the next Destiny's Child album.





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