By Jill Jackson
HOLLYWOOD … You wouldn’t have recognized little Margaret O’Brien at the unveiling ceremonies for Judy Garland’s wax figure at the Hollywood Wax Museum. She’s all grown up, well filled out and RED-HEADED! Judy’s son, Joey, was there, but no sign of Liza. Incidentally, if you are here sightseeing be sure and take in the museum. It’s worth every penny.
To those of you who have asked: Yes, young Colin Hanks is Tom’s son, and a most talented young actor. He’s been making the rounds of the talk shows, and you can see Dad in all his bodily movements and the way he talks — and in his work he has displayed his father’s acting ability.
And to answer another reader question: No, Nathan Lane and Diane Lane are not related. Nathan’s given name was Joseph, and he has never explained why he replaced it. He’s also been making the rounds of all the talk shows lately and is always interesting. And, while on the subject of shows, it’s been most interesting to see Michael Douglas sit back and smile as wife Catherine Zeta Jones receives awards. … And did you see Helen Mirren looking younger than springtime on “The Late Show.” Straight blond hair, fresh new face and a lovely “bod.”
The 3-D craze is really on. Now glasses are being designed to fit kiddies 8 years and under. This came about when “Shrek Forever After” and “Toy Story 3” came out.
Martin Sheen has joined the cast of “The Double,” a spy thriller also starring Richard Gere. This one is being touted as a “biggie.” Sheen plays the director of the CIA, while Gere’s character is “under wraps” at the moment.
Scottish songbird Susan Boyle’s career continues to climb. She’s set to sing for Pope Benedict XVI at an open-air festival in September. And if you have seen her lately, you know she now has bright-reddish hair and lots of make-up. She’s also a wee bit slimmer, but not much.
To Laurence T. of Biloxi, Miss.: Yes, I knew Bob Hope personally. When I had a TV show in New Orleans he always appeared for an interview and then we played a round of golf. He was a good player and loved the game. He even had a miniature golf course at his mansion in the San Fernando Valley.
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BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Hollywood is always on beauty and health diets, and recently announced its top 10 cancer-fighting foods. They are: beans, berries, cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage), dark-green leafy vegetables, flaxseed, garlic, grapes, green tea, tomatoes and whole grains. … Yes, there really is a January Jones. Blonde and beautiful, she showed up at a recent industry cocktail party. … Fun to name stars who have played angels on screen, among them are Jessica Lange in “All That Jazz,” John Travolta in “Michael,” Holly Hunter in “A Life Less Ordinary,” Jack Benny in “The Horn Blows at Midnight,” Cary Grant in “The Bishop’s Wife” and many more.
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