- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 14, 2007

Felled by the flu

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was to resume her tour in Britain today after flu forced her to pull out halfway through a Saturday night performance, the event host said.

Miss Minogue, who is back on tour following treatment for breast cancer discovered in mid-2005, was performing in the northwest English city of Manchester when she stopped and canceled the rest of the show because of flu.

The four remaining concerts of the star’s tour at the Manchester Evening News Arena were set to go ahead, according to a statement on the arena’s Web site.

“Kylie’s remaining Manchester shows on Monday 15, Tuesday 16, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January will be going ahead as planned,” it said.

But it added that fans should keep monitoring the site for updates.

Miss Minogue was diagnosed with cancer in May 2005 and had to suspend the Showgirl tour in Australia, but she resumed performances in her homeland in November 2006.

The 38-year-old had surgery for breast cancer in Melbourne in May 2005, followed by a course of chemotherapy in France, where her boyfriend, actor Olivier Martinez, has a home.

“Kylie is suffering flu, as are other members of the tour group, including her manager. It is not linked to her breast cancer,” a spokesman for the star said.

Miss Minogue began the British leg of her tour with a New Year’s Eve show in London characterized by a series of costume changes and lavish, sequined and feathered outfits.

Her hits include “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.”

Worst dressed list

Can you believe it has been 47 years since Mr. Blackwell first chronicled, as he puts it, the “follies, foibles and fashion flops” of internationally famous faces in his “Worst Dressed Women List?”

Last year may have been the former designer’s busiest yet. There were plenty of fashion disasters, from Britney Spears’ infamous underwear faux pas to Sharon Stone, well, not really having a clue most of the time.

So, because we know you’re eager to know who made the list, here are the Top 10 as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

And remember, as actress Lynn Redgrave expressed it best: “You haven’t made it until you’ve made the list.”

10. Meryl Streep

9. Sandra Oh

8. Tori Spelling

7. Sharon Stone

6. Paula Abdul

5. Mariah Carey

4. Christina Aguilera

3. Lindsay Lohan

2. Camilla Parker-Bowles

1. (a tie) Britney Spears and Paris Hilton

Hits, not misses

And, as usual, Mr. Blackwell gives nods to those celebrated women who were Fabulous Fashion Independents for 2006.

They include:Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Heidi Klum, Katie Holmes and Marcia Cross (pregnant with twins).

Celeb real estate news

Never mind 15 minutes of fame. It took a half-dozen years for Andy Warhol’s Long Island estate to finally sell.

The pop art icon’s 5.6-acre property in Montauk, at the fashionable eastern tip of Long Island, was bought by Millard Drexler, the chief executive of clothing retailer J. Crew, Newsday reported Saturday.

Along with a three-car garage and a stable for four horses, the main house — one of five — has seven bedrooms, 4.5 baths and four fireplaces. The property has 600 feet of oceanfront.

The brokerage firm that sold the estate, Prudential Douglas Elliman, did not reveal the selling price.

Mr. Warhol, who died during a gall bladder operation in 1987, once famously said that in the future everyone would enjoy 15 minutes of fame.

He owned the estate with filmmaker Paul Morrissey. In the 1970s, the two paid $220,000 for what was originally a 20-acre estate.

In 1993, Mr. Morrissey donated 15.1 acres to the Nature Conservancy, the international conservation group, Newsday said. Mr. Morrissey put the remainder of the property on the market in 2001 for $50 million, but the final price may have been below $30 million, Newsday said.

• Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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