- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Locklear booked for DUI

Actress Heather Locklear was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the upscale Santa Barbara area, Associated Press reports.

Miss Locklear, 47, was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer on Saturday afternoon after a resident reported seeing the actress leaving a parking lot and “driving erratically,” patrol spokesman Tom Marshall said.

Miss Locklear was taken to the police station, where she was tested for alcohol and drugs and was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription medication. She was later released from custody. Calls to her publicists were not immediately returned, AP says.

Miss Locklear’s TV credits include “T.J. Hooker,” “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place” and “Spin City,” and her film roles include “The Perfect Man” and “Uptown Girls.” The actress checked into a medical clinic in June to seek treatment for anxiety and depression.

Last year, she divorced Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11 years of marriage. They have a daughter, Ava Elizabeth.

Headed to the pokey

Country singer Mindy McCready will surrender to authorities in Franklin, Tenn., to begin serving a 60-day sentence for violating her probation on a 2004 drug charge, AP reported Monday.

Miss McCready’s deal with Williamson County prosecutors was announced by her attorney.

The 32-year-old singer was charged in June with violating her probation by falsifying her community service records.

In a statement, Miss McCready said she wants to put the issue behind her as soon as possible so she can get back to her music career. She also says she’s working to regain custody of her young son, Zander.

Gable’s ‘GWTW’ stand

Clark Gable nearly walked off the set of “Gone With the Wind” because of racism, according to a new book, the New York Post reports.

In “Victor Fleming,” a biography of the director of the beloved Hollywood epic, Michael Sragow describes how a group of black extras, upset over “White” and “Colored” signs at studio bathrooms, approached Mr. Gable, who “got on the phone to Mr. Fleming, who called the prop master and told him, ‘If you don’t get those signs down, you won’t get your Rhett Butler,’” Mr. Sragow says. “The signs came down immediately.”

The book is due in December.

Glass to pen Disney opera

Baltimore native Philip Glass has been commissioned by the New York City Opera to compose an opera that imagines the final months in the life of Walt Disney.

The announcement was made Monday by the opera’s incoming general manager, Gerard Mortier.

The opera, “The Perfect American,” is based on a recent novel by American-born writer Peter Stephan Jungk. It will open City Opera’s 2012-13 season and will honor the composer’s 75th birthday, AP reports.

Mr. Mortier scrapped the traditional 2008-09 season while the company’s home at Lincoln Center undergoes a $200 million renovation. Instead of staged operas, the company is presenting concert performances around the city.

As part of the 2009-10 season, which will focus on 20th-century works, City Opera will present Mr. Glass’ “Einstein on the Beach,” first staged in New York in 1992.

The story of Mr. Disney in “The Perfect American” is told by a fictional Austrian cartoonist who worked for the entertainment industry giant in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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