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Taking Names: Service for Whitney Houston slated for Saturday in N.J.
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Whitney Houston’s funeral service will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.
The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that Miss Houston’s funeral will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the Associated Press reports. The funeral home said no wake would be held and that there would be no public memorial at Newark's Prudential Center, the sports arena the family had discussed as a possible venue.
The 48-year-old Houston died Saturday at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., just hours before she was set to perform at producer Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy Awards bash. Her body was returned to New Jersey late Monday.
Miss Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, also sang in its choir.
On Monday, mourners left flowers, balloons and candles for Miss Houston at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick church, which sits near the edge of an abandoned housing project near the train line leading to New York City.
“She was an inspiration to everybody,” said Gregory Hanks, an actor who grew up in the neighborhood and who dropped off a bouquet. He saw Miss Houston perform in New Jersey years ago. “I grew up listening to her as a little boy, and to hear her sing, you knew she was special.”
‘The Artist’s‘ Uggie wins inaugural Golden Collar prize
Even dog actors can get awards in Tinseltown, and six pooches collected prizes at the inaugural Golden Collar Awards.
The ceremony Monday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles proceeded like a traditional Hollywood-style awards show, with actors including “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette and “Hot in Cleveland” star Wendie Malick presenting trophies for the best dog performances on the big and small screens.
Uggie, the four-legged star of “The Artist,” was named top dog in a movie. His owner-trainer, Omar Von Muller, was on hand to accept the award.
Mr. Von Muller said the Jack Russell terrier, who stole hearts in the silent film that’s up for 10 Academy Awards, is a “great performer, but he’s also a great family member.”
The Golden Collar Awards, dreamed up by Alan Siskind of the website dognewsdaily.com, drew other stars of “The Artist,” including James Cromwell and Missi Pyle, as well as studio representatives and media outlets from around the world.
“I’m delighted to be here because I owe my career to a pig,” said Mr. Cromwell, who played the farmer in “Babe.”
The ceremony walked a fine line between being a farce of an awards show and a meaningful recognition of dog and trainer achievements. Proceedings were broadcast online by the Hollywood Reporter, and Mr. Siskind said he expects the ceremony to be televised next year.
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