Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called him a "union man" with a passion for social justice. Ebert's widow, Chaz, agreed. "It didn't matter to him your race, creed, color," she said. "He had a big enough heart to accept and love all."
Kim Kardashian's family value$
Is there anyone left in America who takes Kim Kardashian at her word? The pregnant reality show-fabricated celebrity, who told the media she wants to honor her first baby with Kanye West by keeping a low profile - by embracing privacy - has given about an interview a day since announcing she's with child. What's more, she reportedly has signed a slew of pregnancy-related deals that will earn her $16 mil.
The National Enquirer says Kim, 32, will flog pregnancy- and baby-related products, star in an E! celeb-baby TV special, and promote a lose-baby-weight post-birth diet product. Kim is still embroiled in a divorce battle with Kris Humphries, who claims she married him only for the publicity and the $18 mil the nuptials earned her.
Halle Berry's family values
Pregnancy at age 46 is a blessing and a wonderful surprise, says Halle Berry, who is expecting her second child, her first with fiancé Olivier Martinez.
"I feel fantastic. This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it's been a big surprise and the most wonderful," she told CNN.
Love in the age of celebrity
Roseanne alumnus Sara Gilbert, 38, has become engaged to her partner of two years, rock musician Linda Perry, 47. Sara detailed the proposal on Monday's edition of the talk show The Talk.
"We go to a park, and we have food and we're eating it, it's really sweet, and there's this guy sitting playing guitar, like a street musician, and he starts playing this song that we love. . . . I'm like, 'Oh, that's so weird, this is so magical and amazing,' " she said.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
USA Today will take a slew of celebs to the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27, including Courteney Cox, Ashley Judd, Kristin Chenoweth, Kate Walsh, and Josh Gad. Conan O'Brien will host . . . . Cable channel Bravo has canceled Kathy Griffin's talk show Kathy, which will be gone after wrapping up its second season. "Sad but true," Kathy, 52, tweets. . . . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is closer to its dream of building a film museum: It announced on Monday that it had received a $25 mil grant from David Geffen's foundation. Set to open in '17, the museum will be next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. . . .
Philly's Made in America fest 2013
Jay-Z's Made in America festival will return to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Last year's fest was headlined by Jay-Z and Pearl Jam. The 2013 bill will be announced on Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Spotify ( www.spotify.com). - Dan DeLuca
The Philly Pops do 007
Conductor Michael Krajewski will lead the Philly Pops and guest vocalist Debbie Gravitte in an all-James Bond program April 26 through 28 at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Info 215-893-1999 or www.phillypops.org.
Garrison Keillor on tour
Garrison Keillor is taking A Prairie Home Companion on a 26-city tour this summer. Alas, no Philly dates. (Our prairies aren't cool enough.) Closest show will be at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster on July 29. Info: www.prairiehome.org.
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