- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2008

Secret surgery

Beatles legend Paul McCartney has had a secret heart operation, British media reports said yesterday.

Mr. McCartney, 65, underwent a coronary angioplasty, a procedure that opens up the arteries to allow greater blood flow, after complaining of feeling unwell, the Sun daily said.

“Paul had been complaining about not feeling well and saw a Harley Street specialist at the London clinic,” an unidentified source told the tabloid newspaper.

“Tests were carried out, and the decision was taken to operate. Paul had the angioplasty in a private hospital. It was all very routine, but any work on your heart is a big deal,” the source added.

The Daily Telegraph’s online edition reported that the operation took place in the fall. Mr. McCartney’s spokesman was not immediately reachable but was cited by the Sun as saying it had been a “routine medical operation.”

Mr. McCartney, who failed before Christmas to settle an acrimonious divorce from his estranged wife, Heather Mills, recovered enough to appear in a televised New Year’s Eve show with Kylie Minogue.

“Luckily Paul is in very good shape. He does regular exercise and is fit. He eats well and does not carry any excess weight,” the Sun cited a friend of Mr. McCartney’s as saying. “He has always been in exceptional health, which is remarkable when you think of the rock and roll lifestyle he once had.”

Worst performance

As if 2007 could have gotten any worse for Lindsay Lohan, now this: Moviegoers tagged her with the year’s worst performance by an actress. Fifty-eight percent of voters in an online poll by AOL’s Web site Moviefone gave Miss Lohan that dubious honor for her turn as a woman escaping a sadistic killer in the box-office flop, “I Know Who Killed Me.” Eddie Murphy took the “honors” for worst performance by an actor for his role in “Norbit,” in which he played three characters, including an obese woman.

Murphy ties the knot

Mr. Murphy had happier news to celebrate on New Year’s Day after wedding film producer Tracey Edmonds.

The pair exchanged vows Tuesday on a private island off Bora Bora in French Polynesia in front of a small group of family and friends, their representatives told People magazine.

A call to Mr. Murphy’s publicist wasn’t returned immediately early yesterday.

Mr. Murphy and his bride began dating in fall 2006. They were engaged in July.

Mr. Murphy, 46, has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005. He also has a daughter with Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown.

His wife, 40, has two sons from her 13-year marriage to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. As head of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc., she has produced the film and television series “Soul Food.”

Mr. Murphy’s film credits include “Dreamgirls” and the “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Nutty Professor,” “Shrek” and “Dr. Doolittle” movies.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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