Barbara Walters’s Final ‘Oscar’s Special’
Television’s legendary anchorwoman and celebrity interviewer Barbara Walters said on her television talk show “The View” last Monday, this year’s Oscar Night interview special will be her last after 29 years.
Walters indicated that she felt like she has, “been there, done that.” She also was quoted in an ABC press release as saying, “This ‘Special’ has been a labor of love for 29 years.” She cited priceless moments such as sitting with screen legend Bette Davis and a tango lesson from Al Pacino that helped make her telecast an Oscar tradition.
Her last “Special” will feature Academy Award Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock and Best Supporting Actress nominee Mo’Nique, along with a retrospective of past “Specials.”
Kiefer Sutherland Undergoing Surgery
Canadian television and movie actor Kiefer Sutherland, 43, is reportedly scheduled to have minor surgery after suffering a ruptured cyst near one of his kidneys, earlier in the week. Reports say filming of Sutherland’s popular television series “24” will temporarily stop for a short time to allow the actor to recuperate. The TV series “24” airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST on FOX.
‘My Sharona’ Singer Dead at 57
Doug Fieger, the lead singer of 1970s band The Knack, died on Feb. 14 at his California home after a long battle with cancer, according to reports. Fieger is best remembered for the 1979 hit song “My Sharona,” which he co-wrote and sang lead vocals.
Brittany Murphy Foundation Temporarily Halted
The Brittany Murphy Foundation will be returning donations collected to date while it files the necessary paperwork to become an official non-profit organization, after being formed and announced just weeks ago.
The foundation, described as being dedicated to arts education for kids, was started by the late actress’s husband, Simon Monjack.
The organization’s Web site has been disabled and contains a message from Monjack and the actress’s mother, Sharon Murphy, stating: “We began the Brittany Murphy Foundation to honor Brittany’s wishes and to give her family, friends, and fans a way of keeping her legacy alive. In an effort to get the foundation off the ground quickly, we established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for non-profit status down the road.”