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Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK

Dame Diana among hottest stars

Award-winning actress Dame Diana Rigg has joined Tom Selleck and Farrah Fawcett in an American poll of TV's 10 hottest stars of all-time.

Rigg, who played leather catsuit-clad Emma Peel in '60s series The Avengers, featured in the poll compiled by US magazine TV Guide.

Farrah Fawcett, who played Jill Monroe in the 70s hit Charlie's Angels also made it into the top 10.

Magnum star Tom Selleck was chosen as one of the all-time hottest men in the survey, along with Remington Steele's Pierce Brosnan and Richard Chamberlain of Thorn Birds fame.

Comic legend Lewis recovering from virus

Veteran US comedian Jerry Lewis is being treated for a virus in Australia after a sudden illness caused him to be rushed to hospital.

The 73-year-old, who is on his fourth tour Down Under, had to cancel gigs in Darwin and Adelaide but hopes to be well again in time for his performances in Sydney later this week.

A spokeswoman said: "He gives so much on and off stage to his public and a virus just caught up with him."

Lewis picks up a lifetime achievement award at the 56th Venice Film Festival next month.

Actor De Niro seeks second divorce

Oscar-winning film star Robert De Niro has filed for divorce from his wife of two years.

De Niro and former flight attendant Grace Hightower were married in June 1997, and they have a one-year-old son.

It was the second marriage for De Niro, 55, who divorced Diahnne Abbott in 1988 after a 12-year marriage.

De Niro, who won Oscars for his roles in The Godfather: Part II and Raging Bull, is considered one of the leading actors of his generation.

The actor first gained fame for playing dying baseball player Bruce Pearson in the 1973 film Bang the Drum Slowly.

Tenor Bocelli favourite for Holy Year hymn

Tenor Andrea Bocelli is favorite to perform the hymn of the 2000 Holy Year after a private performance for Pope John Paul II, according to the Italian media.

The star sang for John Paul at the Pope's summer palace outside Rome.

The Holy Year hymn will be the anthem for celebrations marking Christianity's third millennium and is expected to be performed when the Pope inaugurates the Holy Year on 24 December.

Bocelli's sung for the Pope before, as well as US President Bill Clinton. He's best known in the UK for his 1997 smash hit duet Time To Say Goodbye with Sarah Brightman.

Liam baby could be named after Lennon

Oasis star Liam Gallagher plans to name his first child after his hero John Lennon if it's a boy, his wife Patsy Kensit has revealed.

"If it's a girl she'll be Grace, and if it's a boy, we'll call him Lennon, after John Lennon, that's Liam's choice," said pregnant Patsy.

The 31-year-old actress told OK! magazine that the couple publicly denied her pregnancy for a long time "because it's no-one else's business".

Stewart and Peck to star in Lear update

British actor Patrick Stewart is teaming up with screen legend Gregory Peck for an updated version of Shakespeare's King Lear.

Boss Lear will be set in Texas during the Mexican revolt of the mid-1800s.

Stewart, who plays Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek films, has worked on a project before with 82-year-old Peck.

Stewart starred in a TV adaptation of Moby Dick and Peck, who starred in the original film, took a cameo role.

International acts are beating Brits

Irish acts such as Boyzone and The Corrs and other international talents have ousted UK artists from their share of the British market.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry research has revealed home-grown acts' proportion of sales dropped in 1998 by 6% to below 50% for the first time since 1993.

Just one UK song, the Spice Girls' Goodbye at No 8, featured in the top 10 best-selling singles. The list was headed by Cher with Believe.

Roth tipped for role as Hannibal Lecter

British actor Tim Roth is being tipped for the role of Hannibal Lecter in the sequel to The Silence Of The Lambs.

The Daily Mail says that Roth will have talks later this month with director Ridley Scott about taking over the role made famous by Anthony Hopkins, who has reportedly rejected reprising the part.

Roth is currently working with Gerard Depardieu and Uma Thurman on Vatel, Roland Joffe's off-beat film about Louis XIV's chef.

Lara Croft girl on Knockout show

Playboy covergirl Nell McAndrew has been signed up for Channel 5's revival of 70s gameshow It's A Knockout.

The model and VH1 presenter, who played the human version of computer game character Lara Croft until April this year, will be doing the scoring on the show, the station said.

The knockabout-in-costume series, to be hosted by Keith Chegwin and Frank Bruno, will begin filming on 14 August and screened in the autumn.

Walker dropped as host of Catchphrase

The makers of TV quiz show Catchphrase have confirmed that Roy Walker will not be the host for the next series.

A spokesman for Action Time said they wanted "a totally new look" for the show but added "Roy Walker has been a wonderful host".

Walker, 58, whose catchphrase is "Say What You See", has presented the programme for 14 series.

Action Time said they were talking to him about other ideas.

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