Sideshow: Flight Lt. Wales, TV superhero

Posted: March 29, 2013

Prince William isn't just a spoiled royal - he's also a genuine 24-karat golden boy who uses his military training, finely honed instincts, and big chops to save ordinary people in distress.

So the prince is portrayed in a new documentary on British TV. Helicopter Rescue follows William, or Flight Lt. Wales as he is known in the Royal Air Force, as he flies daring missions as a member of an RAF search-and-rescue squadron.

"There's no greater feeling than when you've actually done some good and saved someone's life," the prince, 30, says on camera. "I don't think there's any greater calling in life . . . to be able to see a son or daughter's face when you bring their mother or father back from the edge of death - it's quite powerful."

The show this season will follow the action at William's base on Anglesey, an island off the northwest coast of Wales, and the Royal Marines Base Chivenor, in Devon in England's southwest.

Maya Angelou on her mom

Renowned poet and literary advocate Maya Angelou, 84, lost her mother, Vivian Baxter, more than two decades ago, in 1991. Yet only now does she feel ready to write about the woman who loomed large in her life - even if it was through her absence.

"I didn't really see much of my mom until I was about 13," Angelou tells USA Today. "For a long time, I resented that. I resisted her. I thought of her as foreign. I refused to call her Mother." Baxter, known to everyone as Lady, was a nurse, merchant marine, and community activist who had time for everyone, except perhaps her daughter. Angelou says it took the two women some time to reconcile.

"You were a terrible mother of small children," Angelou says she told her mom shortly before she died, "but there has never been anyone greater than you as a mother of a young adult."

Is Angelina already Mrs. Pitt?

Angelina Jolie, 37, wasn't wearing the regal diamond engagement ring given her by perpetual fiancé Brad Pitt during her African jaunt this week. It was replaced by a simple gold band. Proof positive!, a flurry of reports said, that she and Mr. Pitt already have married in a supersecret underground ceremony open only to special initiates, filled as it was with incantations mystical and rituals Rosicrucian.

Yeah, right.

"Is that a wedding ring, Angelina?" a reporter asks Angelina in a video posted to TMZ.com. "No, it's not," she says.

Jolie's true mission in Africa

Jolie, who voices Tigress in Kung Fu Panda and its 2011 sequel, was in eastern Congo this week for a four-day humanitarian visit with local girls and women to bring attention to the alarmingly high number of rapes perpetrated in the region.

Hello Kitty Kiss-ing Gene Simmons?!

The mega-popular feline consumer-goods product Hello Kitty will be featured in a new animated series called Kiss Hello Kitty on cable channel the Hub featuring juvenile metal band Kiss, says USA Today.

Based on the Kiss x Hello Kitty products line of accessories, it'll feature "four Kiss x Hello Kitty characters living their rock-and-roll dreams and bringing pink anarchy to every situation they are in."

Gossip petits fours

The engagement ring real estate developer Jeff Soffer gave former supermodel Elle Macpherson, 49, sports a rock sooo big, People mag reckons it can be seen from outer space. . . . Shiri Appleby, 34, a beloved guest star on Lena Dunham's HBO phantasmagoria of XX-chromo craziness, Girls, and restaurateur fiancé Jon Shook have welcomed a baby girl, says Us Weekly. Name yet to be released. . . . Walking cautionary tale Lindsay Lohan looked hungover and took vomit breaks while filming her guest spot on Charlie Sheen's Anger Management, says the New York Daily News. She held up production for two days. The episode will be a real sideshow, with LiLo in a hot love scene with Sheen. ( Eee wwww! ) . . . Jennifer Aniston is so taken with her coming marriage to Justin Theroux that she's asked her pals to refer to her as Mrs. Theroux, says Life and Style Weekly. She even plans to drop - for good - the name Aniston. That's harsh, dude.

'Vampire Diaries' spin-off ready

Vampire Diaries' April 25 episode will set up a story line that'll bridge to an coming spin-off, The Originals, exec producer Julie Plec tells Entertainment Weekly. Set in New Orleans, the story will revolve around the lives and blood cravings of the millennium-old Original Recipe vampires, Klaus ( Joseph Morgan) and his half-siblings, Rebekah ( Claire Holt) and Elijah ( Daniel Gillies).

Dorothy Hamill's 'DWTS' departure

Beloved former Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill, 56, has made the nation tear up with sadness by leaving Dancing With the Stars due to a back injury. "I'm really feeling a huge loss and sadness," Hamill tells USA Today.

The risks of staying were too high. "It could cause irreparable nerve damage," she said on stage on Tuesday's episode.


Contact "Sideshow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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