Williams grew up in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, near Asbury Park. She made her name on radio, becoming big in New York, before a firing landed her in Philly at WUSL Power99.
- Peter Mucha
Playboy Mansion contaminated! Yuck!
Legionnaire's disease bacteria have been found in Hugh Hefner
's Playboy Mansion in L.A. Legionella
is a bunny! L.A. County docs 'n' cops opened an investigation Feb. 11, after about 200 folks at an Internet conference, which held a fund-raiser (sure it was) at the mansion, came down sick. Head docs aren't saying it was Legionnaire's. They say the critter is "common in moist places." Gross!
- John Timpane
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Katie Holmes has filed a $50 mil libel lawsuit against Star mag for insinuating in a report that Tom Cruise's spouse is a drug addict. . . . Family Ties mom Meredith Baxter, 63, writes in a memoir titled Untitled that David Birney beat her during their marriage. . . . Melissa Gilbert, 46, and Bruce Boxleitner, 60, have separated after 16 years wed. . . . HarperCollins confirmed Tuesday that humanitarian Bristol Palin is writing a memoir. . . . Rolling Stone says Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher, and 50 Cent have been blasted by fans for pocketing big cash to play at parties for nutcase Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. One star, Nelly Furtado, says she'll give her $1 mil paycheck to charity.
Gibson, Sheen in love nest!
OK, no, but the two embattled stars are in love - in a totally manly, John Wayne
way, of course.
Seems Mel - who may be indicted for domestic violence any minute now - phoned Charlie with a message of hope and love. (It seems alleged spouse-abusing letches really connect on a spiritual level.)
"Mel's a rock star. I love him. . . . I'm a huge fan and he's a beautiful man," Charlie told schlock jock Howard Stern. Nuggets: Charlie estimates he's worth "$1 billion" and suggests he may have bedded 1,000 women.
Haute couture to Heil couture
Dior designer John Galliano
was arrested Thursday for disorderly conduct after allegedly going into an anti-Semitic rant at a Paris cafe. His bosses have suspended him with intent to terminate his employment. And he's being prosecuted for anti-Semitic speech, against the law in France.
The mess may cost Dior one of its biggest names - Oscar goddess Natalie Portman, who reps Dior Cherie perfume. "As an individual who is proud to be Jewish," N-Port said Tuesday, "I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way."
Galliano's a big celeb: He's pals with Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
In another blow, a newly released vid shot before the cafe row shows Galliano yelling, "I love Hitler."
- John Timpane
Roots Picnic lineup Roots
drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
has announced, by Twitter, the lineup for the fourth annual Roots Picnic. It's happening at the Festival Pier on June 4 and will have "Black and Yellow" rapper Wiz Khalifa
partnering with the Roots.
It's a more hip-hop-centric bill than in previous years, when Vampire Weekend and Gnarls Barkley have been marquee attractions. Grammy-winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding returns to give ?uestlove a run for his money in the big hair sweepstakes, and Ariel Pink, the Dismemberment Plan, and Philly's own Man Man head up the indie rock contingent.
- Dan DeLuca
Politicos who do real work
Rep. Rush Holt
(D., N.J.), who hails from Princeton, on Monday night beat the much-ballyhooed IBM computer Watson
in an exhibition Jeopardy!
match held in a Washington hotel.
Former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, also a Democrat, on Tuesday was named czar of the Motion Picture Association of America.
This article includes information from websites and Inquirer wire services.