- - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bradley Cooper named People’s ‘sexiest man’

Bradley Cooper is now an official sex symbol.

People magazine has bestowed the “Hangover” star with its “sexiest man alive” title, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Cooper told the magazine that his first reaction was to think that his mom would be “so happy” and that he’s “decent-looking.”

The 36-year-old actor dated Renee Zellweger for two years and recently has been linked to Jennifer Lopez. Mr. Cooper, however, said he’s single.

Other actors who have received the “sexiest” label include George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds.

People’s “Sexiest Men” issue hits newsstands Friday.

One of four remaining ‘Oz’ Munchkins dies at 93

Karl Slover, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” has died. He was 93.

According to the Associated Press, the 4-foot-5 Slover died of cardiopulmonary arrest Tuesday afternoon in a central Georgia hospital, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Nathan Stanley. According to friends, Slover appeared at events in the suburban Chicago area as recently as last weekend.

Slover was best known for playing the lead trumpeter in the Munchkins’ band, but he also had roles as a townsman and soldier in the film, said John Fricke, author of “100 Years of Oz” and five other books on the movie and its star, Judy Garland. Slover was one of the tiniest male Munchkins in the movie.

Long after Slover retired, he continued to appear around the country at festivals and events related to the movie. He was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to the little people in the movie. Only three remain of the 124 diminutive actors who played the beloved Munchkins.

“He has a genuine immortality,” Mr. Fricke said. “Of the 124 little people, he’s one of the handful who got to enjoy this latter-day fame, to have people know who he was and be able to pick him out of the crowd in the movie.”

Slover is the first of the three trumpeters to herald the Munchkin mayor when he makes his entrance. Slover had been cast to play the second trumpeter but switched when another actor got stage fright during filming, said longtime friend Allen Pease, the co-founder of the former Munchkinland Market Days outside Chesterton, Ind.

“Karl didn’t know what stage fright meant,” he said.

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