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August 2001


by Mary Xmas

POP! Goes the Superstar: Pop superstar Mariah Carey was admitted to an undisclosed New York-area hospital on July 25, suffering from an "emotional and physical breakdown," Carey's publicist Cindi Berger said. "She is just taking it day by day (and) is resting and improving." Her breakdown forced her to cancel her headline role in MTV's 20th anniversary show scheduled for the following Wednesday night. When asked whether Carey's problems were precipitated by any particular work-related or personal issues, Berger said "No, something like this is always a cumulative effect." The pop diva is reportedly getting "much-needed rest," but Berger has no other details on Carey's prognosis or a possible discharge date. Carey has canceled all public appearances. That’s fine with me! If I never see her or Whitney "please pass the Coke, and I don’t mean Cola" Houston ever again it’ll be too soon.

Have a Ball! The world will soon get another chance to love Lucille Ball when the U.S. Postal Service issues a new stamp bearing the likeness of the late flame-haired comedienne on what would have been her 90th birthday, Monday, August 6th. The colorful stamp features a glamorous Lucy circa 1955. It is the seventh in the Postal Service's Legends of Hollywood Series, which honors deceased film greats with special issue stamps. Previous honorees were Marilyn Monroe (1995), James Dean (1996), Humphrey Bogart (1997), Alfred Hitchcock (1998), James Cagney (1999), and Edward G. Robinson (2000). The stamp unveiling will occur at a ceremony on Monday, August 6, at the Hollywood History Museum, which is housed in the Max Factor building in Hollywood where Lucy used to buy her makeup. On hand will be Fred Ball, Lucy's younger brother, and actress Virginia Mayo, who performed with Lucy in Hollywood's Golden era. The stamp is a limited release in that it will only be printed once. However with more than 100 million copies in circulation there will be plenty for everybody. Can’t we have a choice of designs, like they did with the Elvis stamp? How about a younger "I Love Lucy" versus an older "Here’s Lucy" with Vivian Vance in her shadow on both versions.

Breakfast at Tiffani’s:
Actress Tiffani Thiessen has signed on for a three-episode arc of NBC’s Thursday hit "Just Shoot Me" – a role that could turn into a full-time gig. Thiessen will play a sex columnist for the series’ fictional magazine. I shall set my VCR Plus right away!