Johnny Carson Died in Hospital, Not at Home
Plus: Mandy Moore's new shirts, Steve Martin's big donation, and more
CLARIFIED: Late-night legend Johnny Carson’s last hours were spent in a hospital, not at his home as previously reported, according to the Associated Press, which cites his death certificate. Carson, who died Jan. 23 at age 79, was at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, not his Malibu home. The Tonight Show host was cremated and his ashes turned over to his wife, Alexis.
CLOTHED: When pop singer Mandy Moore couldn’t find the sort of T-shirts she liked, she decided to create her own. Moore recently launched Mblem, a line of T-shirts featuring some of her favorite color combinations, AP reports. The shirts, which sell for about $50, are described as “functional, casual and sexy” tees. But, Moore added, “I’m a pretty modest girl so I’m not into anything too risqu .”
DONATED: Funnyman Steve Martin has forked over a $1 million donation to the American art collection at The Huntington (Calif.) Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, AP reports. Martin, an avid art collector who owns works by masters such as Pablo Picasso and Edward Hopper, has sponsored previous exhibitions at the museum. The gift will be made over five years.
HOSTED: Ron Reagan, the son of late president Ronald Reagan, has signed on to cohost a political talk show on MSNBC, Reuters reports. Connected: Coast to Coast will feature Reagan in Washington state and its other host Monica Crowley in New Jersey. The show, which premieres Feb. 15, will air twice a day, with morning shows dedicated to developing stories and afternoon shows focusing on analysis and debate.
REVEALED: A nude portrait of supermodel Kate Moss fetched more than $7 million at an auction in London on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The painting by artist Lucian Freud, the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, is a near-life-size portrait of the model done when she was pregnant. Titled “Naked Portrait 2002,” the painting shows Moss reclining on a bed.
SUED: Mick Mars, the guitarist for Motley Crüe, is the target of a lawsuit filed by his former live-in lover Robbie Mantooth, Reuters reports. Mantooth’s suit alleges that Mars promised to take care of her for life after the two met in 1990 and she moved into his Malibu home. Mantooth says she gave up her career as a documentary filmmaker at the time. Mars said there was no such agreement. The couple split in December 2004.
DIED: Jimmy Smith, a legendary organist who introduced listeners to the popular sound of the Hammond B-3 organ, has died of natural causes, Reuters reports. He was 79. Smith will be remembered as a jazz organist, but his style incorporated jazz, blues, R&B and gospel in a blend that was new to music. Smith passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Tuesday.