Condoleezza Rice to Undergo Surgery
Plus: Claudia Schiffer leaves hospital, Children hits milestone, and more
SCHEDULED: Former national security advisor Condoleezza Rice, who is expected to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state in President Bush’s second term, is scheduled to undergo a minor surgical procedure Friday, a spokesman for Rice said. Rice is having uterine fibroid embolization, designed to block noncancerous tumors in the uterine wall, Reuters reports. She is expected to undergo the procedure Friday while Bush is traveling to Chile, and to be home by Saturday.
APOLOGIZED: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens says he’s sorry if he offended anyone by appearing in a steamy TV spot with Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan. The superstar athlete is trying to make amends for the skit that aired prior to a recent broadcast of Monday Night Football, which featured Sheridan nude from behind and tempting Owens to miss his game. The skit “really got taken out of context with a lot of people,” Owen says, “and I apologize for that.”
MARRIED: Deezer D., aka Nurse Malik McGrath on ER, recently got hitched to makeup artist Samantha Enson in front of 11 seasons’ worth of former cast mates, PEOPLE reports. Noah Wyle, Eriq La Salle and Mekhi Phifer were among the 300 guests who turned out for the Nov. 14 ceremony at Pasadena’s United Methodist Church. Deezer, whose real name is Dearon Thompson, said his former costars were more than just friends. “They’re part of my extended family,” he says.
RELEASED: Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 34, and her new daughter Clementine were released from a London hospital Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. Schiffer gave birth to the 7-lb. 2-oz. baby girl a week ago. Clementine is the second child for Schiffer and husband Matthew Vaughn, who also have a 22-month-old son, Caspar.
CELEBRATED: ABC’s long-running soap opera All My Children celebrated the taping of its 9,000th episode Wednesday, AP reports. Susan Lucci, who plays Erica Kane, held a sign proclaiming the series’ milestone. Lucci, 54, has been with the show since its beginning. The episode is scheduled to air Dec. 16.
TOPPED: Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” has been named the greatest rock ‘n’ roll song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Dylan’s tune topped a list of the 500 best rock songs in a special edition of the magazine that hits newsstands Friday, Reuters reports. Rounding out the top five is the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
AWARDED: Director Oliver Stone has been tapped for a lifetime achievement award at the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden, which begins Thursday. The festival, which is celebrating its 15th year, will feature 170 films from more than 40 countries, AP reports. Stone, whose new film Alexander opens in the United States on Nov. 24, will have its European premiere at the festival.
DIED: French composer Michel Colombier, who scored numerous movies and television shows including Purple Rain and Against All Odds, died at his California home Sunday, AP reports. Colombier, often referred to as “godfather of French fusion,” had suffered from cancer. Among the projects that he worked on were films such as New Jack City, The Money Pit and Ruthless People. He also composed chamber music pieces as well as ballets. Colombier was 65.