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Wife: Rodney in coma

Associated Press

Rodney Dangerfield has been in a coma for a couple of weeks after undergoing heart surgery but has begun to show some awareness, his wife said.

The 82-year-old comedian was stable and had been breathing on his own for 24 hours, Joan Dangerfield said Monday in a statement released by the comic’s publicist, Kevin Sasaki.

Mr. Dangerfield had a heart valve replaced Aug. 25 at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center.

There was no mention of a coma in a condition update from the publicist last week. Mr. Sasaki did not return calls for comment Monday.

“My husband slipped into a light coma a couple of weeks ago while recovering from his heart surgery. His overall condition, however, remains stable,” Mrs. Dangerfield said.

Spoken word

Associated Press

Oscar winner Sean Penn will read the audiobook version of Bob Dylan’s “Chronicles: Volume One,” set for publication Oct. 12 by Simon & Schuster Audio.

The book and audiobook are the first in a series of the singer-songwriter’s personal histories, with the first volume consisting of first-person narratives focusing on significant periods in Mr. Dylan’s life and career, the publisher said last week.

The audiobook runs six hours on four cassettes or five CDs.

“When we were thinking of actors to read the Bob Dylan audiobook, the first name on our list was Sean Penn,” said Chris Lynch, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “We knew he would be perfect for the material, and we are absolutely thrilled that an actor of his caliber will be reading ‘Chronicles.’”

This is the first audiobook Mr. Penn has narrated. He won an Oscar earlier this year for his role in “Mystic River.”

She’ll take Manhattan

New York Post

Spike Lee’s rich, socialite wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, has apparently had her fill of Brooklyn and is forcing her filmmaker husband to leave his beloved Brooklyn roots behind and move on up to the Upper East Side.

Mrs. Lee, a lawyer, author and daughter of a wealthy Philip Morris exec, tells Town & Country magazine she felt uncomfortable living in her hubby’s grass-roots borough.

“Kids would stand in the street and yell up, ‘Yo, Spike,’” notes the New York Post quoting the blond, short-cropped Mrs. Lee. “I would look out the window, and they would say, ‘Are you [TLC singer] T-Boz?’”

The couple bought artist Jasper Johns’ posh town house in 1996 and have lived there happily ever after with children Jackson and Satchel. The upcoming Town & Country article also features photographs of a genteel Mr. Lee — director of such fiery works as “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X” — frolicking with his children in the exquisite abode and seeming quite content with life.

Posh, Becks to sue

Agency France-Presse

English soccer superstar David Beckham and his pop-star wife, Victoria, will sue the News of the World over a story claiming their marriage was in trouble, their lawyers said.

In a statement, the attorneys said the article “Posh and Becks on Rocks” was untrue and “caused considerable distress to both the couple and the family.”

The lawyers said the newspaper had not taken an opportunity to apologize for the story. The News of the World has not commented on the announcement.

Mr. Beckham revealed in August that Victoria — aka Posh Spice when she was a member of the rock group, the Spice Girls — was pregnant with their third child. The family, which also includes sons Brooklyn and Romeo, had finally made the move from England to live with Mr. Beckham in the Spanish capital Madrid, he said.

Mr. Beckham switched teams from Manchester United to Madrid Real in July 2003 while his family remained in England, which caused friction between the two, the tabloid reported.

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

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