- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 15, 2004

Watts recovering

Agence France-Presse

Charlie Watts, the jazzman and drummer for the Rolling Stones, was reported to be making a good recovery following treatment for cancer of the throat.

A spokesman for the rock group said yesterday that Mr. Watts, 63, was in the fourth week of a six-week course of radiotherapy following diagnosis during a minor operation in June.

Mr. Watts is known as the quiet man of the scandal-soaked rock group, and he has a busy life beyond pop as the leader of a jazz quintet and a 10-piece band. But he was also treated for alcohol and heroin abuse in the 1980s.

A former graphics designer, Mr. Watts has been a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963, and lives quietly with his wife of 40 years on a farm in the remote Devon countryside when not performing.

The Rolling Stones spokesman said Mr. Watts was “expecting to make a full recovery and start work with the rest of the band later in the year.”

Dollars and scents

Reuters News Agency

Actress Charlize Theron has signed a contract with Christian Dior to be the face of its best-selling perfume J’adore, pitting her against fellow Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman who will appear in a similar campaign for Chanel.

Miss Theron, a former model, is due to star in print and television advertisements for J’adore starting this fall, a spokeswoman for Parfums Christian Dior said Friday. She could not provide details of the contract, but the fashion publication Women’s Wear Daily quoted industry sources as saying the South African actress had signed a three-year deal worth between $3 million and $5 million.

Miss Theron won this year’s Oscar for best actress for her performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster,” a role which required her to put on weight and wear heavy makeup that rendered her almost unrecognizable.

Duty calls

Associated Press

Oprah Winfrey was expected to make an appearance at the Cook County Criminal Court — for jury duty.

A spokeswoman for the Chicago-based talk-show host confirmed that Miss Winfrey would report today.

She is scheduled to appear along with some 300 other prospective jurors, Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sally Daly said.

Saying goodbye

Associated Press

Grammy Award-winning funk singer Rick James was laid to rest Saturday in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., where 6,000 people waited for hours to pay their final respects.

The line of mourners stretched more than two city blocks for the funeral service. Seventy gospel singers and a band performed a lively tribute.

“This Buffalo project boy was like a phoenix rising from ashes to the pinnacle of America’s musical world,” said his cousin, former Ohio congressman Louis Stokes, who attended the funeral.

The singer, born James Johnson Jr., died in his sleep last week at his home near Universal City, Calif. He was 56 and was to be cremated after the service, funeral director Vincent Amigone said.

An autopsy has failed to determine what caused the singer’s death. Results of a toxicology test are pending. Mr. James, who suffered a stroke in 1998, was a diabetic and had a pacemaker.

Picky perks

New York Post

More perks of pampered celebrities have been exposed by the dirt-diggers at the smokinggun.com.

The Web site reports that Sharon Stone won’t set foot on a movie set unless production provides her with Pilates equipment, armed guards and three nannies for her son.

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow’s hubby, Chris Martin, and his Coldplay bandmates won’t accept any American beer, Chardonnay or Stella Artois premium beer in their dressing rooms — but do require plenty of Marlboro Lights, vodka, Red Bull and a bouquet of flowers in a decorative vase.

Berry’s ‘X’-it?

Internet Movie Database

Oscar-winner Halle Berry may not be reprising her role in the second “X-Men” sequel — because she’s reportedly “priced herself out.”

Miss Berry — who turned 38 on Saturday and stars as Storm in the hit sci-fi franchise — demanded a more important role and a bigger paycheck. But producers of “X-Men 3,” set for release in 2006, were unable to meet her demands, an unnamed source told Britain’s OK! magazine.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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