- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2008

Mouskouri sings farewell

Nana Mouskouri — one of the best-selling recording artists of all time — bid adieu to fans Wednesday with a farewell concert at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens in her native Greece.

Fans filled the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus to hear the 73-year-old songstress perform from her wide repertoire from her 50-year career. Earlier, the city of Athens bestowed its gold medal on Miss Mouskouri, who has been on a worldwide farewell tour since she announced her plans to retire three years ago, Agence France-Presse reports.

Miss Mouskouri has sold more than 300 million records in French, English, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Hebrew and Japanese, says her record company, Universal. She served as a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ambassador and was a Greek member of the European Parliament in the 1990s.

‘Indiana Jones’ star arrested

The pickup truck driven by 22-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf plowed into another car and then rolled over twice at 2:24 a.m. Sunday in West Hollywood, Calif., AFP reports. Mr. LaBeouf recently starred with Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Mr. LaBeouf was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after the accident and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to be treated for injuries to his head, left hand and knee, said Los Angeles Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Wolf. A woman riding in his car and a woman behind the wheel of the other car were not seriously injured.

The misdemeanor drunk-driving charges were filed “because of the alcohol on his breath and person, and there were signs of intoxication,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. K. Aloma at the West Hollywood police station.

In November, Mr. LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing after a drunken tirade in a Chicago Walgreens store, Associated Press reports. Walgreens and a security company indicated they did not want to continue the case, and prosecutors dropped those charges.

After that incident, Mr. LaBeouf told David Letterman on the “Late Show”: “Drinking and driving is one thing, but drinking and shopping … it’s just as bad.”

Moving on

A house in Stillwater, Minn., owned by actress and Minnesota native Jessica Lange can be yours for slightly less than $2 million.

Miss Lange and her longtime partner, actor-playwright Sam Shepard, lived and raised their three children in the house for nine years. They no longer live there and tried unsuccessfully to sell it in 2004, according to the AP report.

The Victorian house, built in 1892, has four bedrooms, a new in-ground pool, a guesthouse and a view of the St. Croix River Valley.

In an interview earlier this year with the New York Daily News, Miss Lange spoke with disappointment of changes in Stillwater. She says it went from a little town with lots of characters to a “yuppified” place with too many gift shops and condominiums.

She and Mr. Shepard still own a cabin near Duluth.

Compiled from Web and wire reports

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