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Mar 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer concern

By Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – Two years after her double mastectomy, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie said she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer.

The glamorous wife of actor Brad Pitt and the mother of six children said in an op-ed column in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had the surgery last week after blood tests showed what could have been early signs of the disease that killed her mother at age 56.

Mar 23, 2015

Musical ‘Fun Home’ gives voice to first lesbian lead character

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway is getting its first lesbian lead character next month when “Fun Home,” an award-winning musical about family, sexuality and acceptance, opens next month.

Based on the best-selling, graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” by writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the coming-of-age musical examines her dysfunctional family and relationship with her late father, a closeted gay man who ran a funeral home and taught English in rural Pennsylvania.

Mar 20, 2015

Kids of comedian killed in Tracy Morgan crash get $10 mln settlement

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The children of the comedian James
McNair, who was killed in a highway crash that injured fellow
comic Tracy Morgan, have reached a $10 million
out-of-court-settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc,
according to court documents.

The settlement for the June 7 crash last year was initially
announced in January with terms of the agreement confidential.
But recent documents filed in New York’s Westchester County
revealed the amount of the award that would be spilt between his
children, Danita, 19, and Jamel, 26.

Mar 20, 2015

Wal-Mart reaches settlement with children of comedian killed in crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The children of the comedian James McNair, who was killed in a highway crash that injured fellow comic Tracy Morgan, have reached a $10 million settlement with Wal-Mart, the company confirmed on Friday.

The out-out-court settlement for the June 7 crash last year was initially announced in January. Media reports on Friday cited documents filed in New York’s Westchester County in revealing the award to the children, Danita, 19, and Jamel, 26.

Mar 20, 2015

Elisabeth Moss aims for it all in Broadway’s ‘The Heidi Chronicles’

NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) – After years playing the
ambitious copywriter Peggy Olson in the acclaimed TV show “Mad
Men,” Elisabeth Moss has traded the small screen for the
Broadway stage in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning
drama “The Heidi Chronicles.”

The feminist play, which opened on Thursday night at the
Music Box Theatre, is a revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s work that
opened on Broadway in 1989.

Mar 17, 2015

Oprah Winfrey to auction contents from Chicago apartment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actress and media magnate Oprah Winfrey is selling antique furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics and memorabilia from her Chicago apartment next month to benefit her education foundation, the auction house running the sale said on Tuesday.

The 571 lots in the Chicago sale on April 25 are mostly from her downtown condominium. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said proceeds from the auction will go to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which supports her education academy for girls in South Africa.

Mar 17, 2015

eBay, Sotheby’s launch new online auctions platform

NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters) – Going, going, gone! Sold to
the highest bidder at the auction, on the phone or on a new eBay
platform that will stream Sotheby’s New York auctions live
beginning next month.

The new live auctions platform – ebay.com/sothebys – that
launches on Tuesday pairs Sotheby’s 270 years of experience
selling art and antiques with eBay’s digital expertise and 155
million active users worldwide to meet the demand for online
bidding.

Mar 9, 2015

Helen Mirren reigns on Broadway as Queen Elizabeth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly a decade after winning an Academy Award for her role as Britain’s Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” Helen Mirren is ruling over Broadway in “The Audience,” a new play about the monarch’s weekly meetings with her prime ministers.

Mirren said she has huge empathy for the 88 year-old royal she plays in the British import that premiered in London and opened on Sunday at New York’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

Mar 9, 2015

Kevin Spacey revels in his anti-hero president in ‘House of Cards’

NEW YORK, March 9 (Reuters) – Forget about likeable,
upstanding characters doing what is right.

Kevin Spacey is convinced that like the ruthless, morally
corrupt politician he portrays in Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning
political drama “House of Cards,” the anti-hero is here to stay.

Mar 9, 2015

Helen Mirren reigns on Broadway as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly a decade after winning an Academy Award for her role as Britain’s Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” Helen Mirren is ruling over Broadway in “The Audience,” a new play about the monarch’s weekly meetings with her prime ministers.

Mirren said she has huge empathy for the 88 year-old royal she plays in the British import that premiered in London and opened on Sunday at New York’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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