- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2005

Teens and sex

Evan Rachel Wood thinks her fellow teenagers should be free to explore their sexuality so they can be “responsible about it” — unlike the character she plays in “Pretty Persuasion,” opening Friday.

In the film, directed by Marcos Siega, Miss Wood portrays a scheming schoolgirl named Kimberly who uses sex to achieve her goals.

“I’m not against teenagers exploring their sexuality,” the 17-year-old Miss Wood (“Thirteen”) told the New York Daily News. “They should be able to find how to use it in the right way and be responsible about it.”

Miss Wood said she thinks the media and adults try to ignore sex and cover it up.

That, she said, “just sends wrong messages and makes kids more crazy about it. If the media and adults would just deal with it, kids would realize it could be a beautiful thing.”

Rosie on the ‘Roof’

Rosie O’Donnell# will join Harvey Fierstein in the Broadway revival of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” on Sept. 20, the show’s producers said yesterday.

Mr. Fierstein plays Tevye the milkman, and Miss O’Donnell will play his wife, Golde, according to the Associated Press. The show is running at the Minskoff Theater.

“As a 20-year friend of Rosie’s, I couldn’t be happier that we will finally share a stage together,” Mr. Fierstein said. “With her understanding of ‘Fiddler’s‘ important place in theatrical history, I am positive she will uphold that tradition excitingly.”

Miss O’Donnell, 43, made her Broadway debut in 1994, starring as Rizzo in a revival of “Grease.” In 2001, she returned to Broadway to star as the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical.”

In 2003, she produced Boy George’s auto-biographical musical, “Taboo.” The $10 million Broadway production folded after three months of mediocre ticket sales.

Lifesaving disease

Instead of playing to packed arenas, comedian Richard Pryor tours medical clinics. Instead of applause, he gets eight checkups a month in what his wife jokingly calls “the round robin of doctors.”

Still, Jennifer Lee Pryor says her husband’s crippling multiple sclerosis is a blessing that stanched his appetite for drugs and alcohol.

The 64-year-old Mr. Pryor — who has also suffered three heart attacks — spends most of his time at his home near Encino, Calif., with two rescued dogs and Jennifer, his fifth wife. (The couple divorced after a brief marriage in the early 1980s but remarried in 2001.)

“As productive and brilliant as he was, he was also self-destructive,” Mrs. Pryor told AP. “He said God gave him MS to slow him down. This disease saved his life.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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