May 15, 2002 12:34 PM

FINISHED: Steven Spielberg, 55, enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, in 1965 but dropped out in 1968 to pursue his filmmaking career — successfully. Nearly a year ago he re-enrolled on sort of a consultation basis with professors, and on May 31 he will receive his bachelor’s degree in film and electronic arts, his spokesman told the Associated Press. “Completing the requirements for my degree 33 years after finishing my principal education marks my longest ‘postproduction schedule,'” Spielberg said in a statement . . . DIED: Bill Peet, 87, a respected Disney illustrator and screenwriter who drew Dumbo and created the scripts for “101 Dalmatians” and “The Sword and the Stone,” died Saturday at his home in the San Fernando Valley after a series of illnesses, a Disney spokesman told the AP. Peet actually left the studio in the mid-’60s after a falling out with Walt Disney — whom he later said was the model for the evil Captain Hook . . . NAMED: Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines will host Broadway’s Tony Awards from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 2, reports Variety. Hines, 56, previously hosted the telecast in 1994, when he shared the stage with Glenn Close and Nathan Lane. Peters, 54, will be hosting for the first time. Off and on for the past few years, Rosie O’Donnell has served as host, being to the Tonys what Billy Crystal was to the Oscars.

You May Like