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Sheen delivers on promise to help tornado survivors

Actor Charlie Sheen quietly donated $25,000 to help tornado relief in Tuscaloosa, Ala., making good on a pledge to help survivors of the deadly twisters even though some had doubted his promises.

The head of Tuscaloosa’s tourism agency, Don Staley, said a representative of Mr. Sheen recently turned over money that came in through a fundraising website the actor set up after tornadoes last spring killed about 250 people in Alabama, including 52 in the west Alabama city.

Mr. Sheen wrote a check for about $15,000 after the website generated $10,000 in contributions.

Mr. Sheen visited Tuscaloosa after the April 27 twisters in response to messages from then-University of Alabama student David Harris, who had sent tweets to celebrities asking them to help out. Mr. Sheen - who had been fired the previous month from the hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men” - talked about staging a relief show and celebrity ball game to raise $25,000.

Months passed and many of Mr. Sheen’s plans didn’t materialize, leading some to wonder whether he’d forgotten about the town of more than 80,000. But the actor donated the money without any public announcement around Dec. 1, said Donny Jones of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, which is helping manage the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund, which received the donation.

Mr. Staley, who accompanied Mr. Sheen during his daylong visit to Alabama, said the actor just wanted to help.

“The man delivered,” Mr. Staley said. “He’s a man of his word.”

‘One Life to Live’ to wrap Friday after 43 years

Instead of using her tears for a scene this time, “One Life to Live” actress Kassie DePaiva waited until she walked off the set and into the shadows.

She buried her head in a friend’s shoulder and wept. The ABC daytime drama, which leaves the air Friday after 43 years, has been her home for 20 years.

Miss DePaiva was letting go of her character, the put-upon Blair Manning Cramer. And it wasn’t easy, according to Scripps Howard News Service.

“One Life to Live” is set in the Pennsylvania town of Llanview, where an heiress with a split personality and a man with an evil identical twin aren’t so unusual.

The town was tied together through newspaper publisher Viki Lord (Erika Slezak, a Daytime Emmy winner ), whose multiple marriages almost equal the number of her hidden personalities.

The “One Life” universe included the wealthy Buchanans, the bickering Cramers and the vile Mannings.

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