By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 08, 2001 12:51 PM
Advertisement

RENEWED: “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart, 49, who has anchored the show for two decades, has signed a deal giving her more than $5 million annually, said a producer of the program. The contract reportedly allows Hart to assume a more creative role in possible “ET” spin-offs, including a children-oriented project and a celebrity homes show . . . REVEALED: “Weakest Link” quiz mistress Anne Robinson, 57, credits her mother (named Annie but nicknamed “The Duchess”) with inspiring her own impatient manner. “She loathed bullies while being a disgraceful bully herself. Not that anyone had the nerve to say so — least of all my father,” Robinson writes in her new autobiography, “Memoirs of an Unfit Mother.” (The title refers to the fact that Robinson drank while raising her daughter Emma in the ’60s.) . . . MENDED: Model-actress Lauren Hutton, 57, severely injured last year in a motorcycle accident (she still walks with a pronounced limp), joined the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club, this time as a passenger, on a 450-mile ride that began last Wednesday in California and wound up the next day in Las Vegas. “I haven’t been on a bike in 11 months,” she told the Associated Press afterward. “I had forgotten how sexy it is.” . . . DIED: HERBERT BLOCK, better known as the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of The Washington Post named Herblock, 91, died in Washington Sunday. “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau considered Herblock a master satirist, one who chronicled the national political arena for more than six decades. EMILIE SCHINDLER, 93, the wife of German industrialist Oskar Schindler, the hero of the Steven Spielberg movie “Schindler’s List” (which all but ignored her companion efforts to save Jews from Nazi extermination), passed away in Berlin on Friday. Actress GLORIA FOSTER, 64, best known for playing the elderly Oracle in 1999’s “The Matrix, died Saturday of complications from diabetes. Foster was set to reprise her role in two sequels to the sci-fi film and had reportedly filmed many of her scenes. (Eerily, she is the second “Matrix” star to die in as many months. On Aug. 25, R&B singer and actress Aaliyah was involved in a fatal plane crash.)