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Taking Names: Duchess of Cambridge gives 1st solo address

- - Monday, March 19, 2012

Duchess of Cambridge gives 1st solo address

The Duchess of Cambridge has delivered her first public address, giving a confident albeit brief speech at a children's hospice in eastern England.

The former Kate Middleton spoke clearly and deliberately as she addressed staff and volunteers at East Anglia's Children's Hospice in the English port town of Ipswich, the Associated Press reports.

She glanced frequently at her notes at first but seemed to make a good impression Monday, drawing chuckles when she said she was sorry that her husband, Prince William, could not join her. He is on military assignment in the Falkland Islands.

Jerry Lewis celebrates birthday with N.Y. bash

Jerry Lewis did not turn 86 quietly.

The comedian and filmmaker flew in to New York from Las Vegas for a celebration Friday night, according to the Associated Press.

It started with an onstage interview at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y, then continued in midtown at the Friars Club, where hundreds gathered to sing happy birthday to Mr. Lewis, who added his trademark goofy voice.

Wearing a dark blazer and bright red shirt, Mr. Lewis sat at a corner table in the club's Frank Sinatra room, with Richard Belzer and Robert Klein among those at his table. His meal included a slice of birthday cake, a three-tiered production decorated with movie stills, a microphone and miniatures of the performer.

Mr. Lewis is known for such movies as "The Nutty Professor," and for hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Association's telethon.

S. Dakota Supreme Court hears Costner case

A lawyer for Kevin Costner told the South Dakota Supreme Court on Monday that the actor did not breach a contract with an artist when he placed commissioned sculptures of bison and American Indians at a different site than originally was agreed upon.

The Hollywood star, who filmed much of his Academy Award-winning movie "Dances With Wolves" in South Dakota, paid Peggy Detmers $300,000 to make 17 bronze sculptures for a resort called the Dunbar he planned in the state's Black Hills. The resort was never built, and the sculptures are instead at his Tatanka attraction near Deadwood.

According to the Associated Press, Miss Detmers said she spent more than six years creating the artwork and gave Mr. Costner a price break because she anticipated selling smaller sculptures at the resort.

Miss Detmers claims that because the Dunbar was not built and the sculptures were not "agreeably displayed elsewhere," as the contract stipulates, that the sculptures should be sold and she should be entitled to 50 percent of the proceeds.

But a circuit judge ruled in July that Miss Detmers indicated her approval of the Tatanka location by participating in the site's development and several events related to its opening.

The Tatanka site houses the sculptures, a museum and a visitor center. It is located on 85 acres of land next to 915 acres of land where Mr. Costner had envisioned building the Dunbar.

Miss Detmers' lawyer, Andrew Damgaard, acknowledges she agreed to the placement in 2003 at Tatanka. He said she was under the impression the Dunbar still would be built.

Gallagher out of coma, telling jokes with family

The comedian Gallagher is telling jokes after being taken out of a medically induced coma that doctors put him in following his heart attack last week in Texas.

Doctors slowly woke up Gallagher on Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press. His promotional manager, Christine Scherrer, said he immediately recognized his family and started talking to them. She said he's breathing on his own, moving and joking around.

The comedian, whose full name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, is known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer.

Miss Scherrer says the comedian had two stents replaced after collapsing Wednesday before a performance at Lewisville bar, near Dallas. He had a minor heart attack last March after collapsing while performing in Minnesota.

Beyonce's return to stage set for late May

Beyonce is set to return to the stage for the first time since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy.

The Grammy winner will perform three concerts in New Jersey in May at Atlantic City's Revel Resorts. Revel said Monday that the shows will be held over Memorial Day weekend for the premiere of the $2.4 billion resort.

Beyonce gave birth to her first child in January. She is married to rapper Jay-Z.

Tickets for the May 25 to 27 concerts go on sale April 6. Beyonce will perform in the Ovation Hall, which has 5,050 seats.

The singer released her fourth album, the platinum-seller "4," in June.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports