- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2005

R&B; newbie John Legend gives shout-outs to God and keeps the lyrics pretty clean. Like Alicia Keys, he’s a potential alternative to the sleaze-pop and hip-hop of their contemporaries. Let’s hope both — and Will Smith, too — keep their halos. If there’s one thing showbiz doesn’t need, it’s another cautionary tale — like these fallen angels.

Michael Jackson — From adorable and talented child star to King of Pop to … uh, we’ll let the jury decide.

Ben Affleck — With his “Good Will Hunting” co-star and screenwriting pal, golden boy Matt Damon, he was a walking dream come true. Then came the gambling … and the boozing … and the strippers … and J.Lo …

Whitney Houston — Like senatorial candidate Bob Roberts said in the movie, “Don’t do crack. It’s a ghetto drug.”

Meg Ryan — She was cute, blond, unfailingly perky. If she’s lucky, her fans will forget her creepy run-in with erotica, otherwise known as “In the Cut.”

Elizabeth Taylor — Remember America’s Sweetheart? That was 60 years and eight marriages ago.

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