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    I saw this fire on the news this morning and, while realizing how tragic it was, wondered if it had hit a celebrity's home:

    Suzanne Somers's House Lost in Malibu Fire

    Suzanne Somers's house was one of four homes destroyed when a wildfire tore through Malibu on Monday.

    The actress, 60, and her husband, Alan Hamel, were not at home at the time.

    Somers said in a statement: "My nature is to look at the glass half-full. I don't have a son or daughter in Iraq. I haven't lost a loved one. We will rebuild, and I truly believe we will learn something great from this experience."

    Actor John Cusack's house was also in the area near the fire, according to John Hildebrand, a local photographer who witnessed the star trying to save his home and a neighbor's.

    "He basically came out of his house and had a hose on his property and was trying to spray the front of his house and the driveway," Hildebrand told PEOPLE. "It looked like he was also trying to spray the neighbor's house because they weren't home."

    A spokeswoman for Cusack tells PEOPLE he's "fine" in the wake of the fire.

    In addition, a spokesperson for actress Victoria Principal also confirmed that the home of the former Dallas star had been endangered, but was not harmed.

    In all, some 20 acres had burned before the fire was contained by 300 firefighters, who "finally declared the fire out at 5 a.m.," Malibu Mayor Ken Kearsley said. "What's left is the disaster of these people's homes."

    Although Malibu is home to Paul Newman, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Pamela Anderson, Barbra Streisand and Courteney Cox-Arquette, among others, "This fire didn't just affect movie stars, it's affected the people who have lived out here for years," the mayor said, adding that an unidentified 94-year-old resident had died from smoke inhalation.

    As for the cause of the fire, "Right now we cannot speculate about how this happened," inspector Rick Dominguez told the Associated Press early Tuesday
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    I've never been a huge fan of Suzanne Somers, but I must say that she's got a good attitude about this whole thing. I would hate to lose all the personal mementos (wedding photos, childhood photos etc.) but how can you put a price on human life--to be alive is the best gift.

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    Yvonne De Carlo Dead at Age 84

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    Yvonne De Carlo, 'Munsters' star, dead
    POSTED: 3:40 p.m. EST, January 10, 2007




    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Yvonne De Carlo, the beautiful star who played Moses' wife in "The Ten Commandments" but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's "The Munsters," has died. She was 84.

    De Carlo died of natural causes Monday at the Motion Picture & Television facility in suburban Los Angeles, longtime friend and television producer Kevin Burns said Wednesday.

    De Carlo, whose shapely figure helped launch her career in B-movie desert adventures and Westerns, rose to more important roles in the 1950s. Later, she had a key role in a landmark Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim's "Follies."

    But for TV viewers, she will always be known as Lily Munster in the 1964-1966 slapstick horror-movie spoof "The Munsters." The series (the name allegedly derived from "fun-monsters") offered a gallery of Universal Pictures grotesques, including Dracula and Frankenstein's monster, in a cobwebbed gothic setting.

    Lily, vampire-like in a black gown, presided over the faux scary household and was a rock for her gentle but often bumbling husband, Herman, played by 6-foot-5-inch character actor Fred Gwynne (decked out as the Frankenstein monster).

    While it lasted only two years, the series had a long life in syndication and resulted in two feature movies, "Munster Go Home!" (1966) and "The Munsters' Revenge" (1981, for TV).

    At the series' end, De Carlo commented: "It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn't have had otherwise. It made me 'hot' again, which I wasn't for a while."

    "I think she will best remembered as the definitive Lily Munster. She was the vampire mom to millions of baby boomers. In that sense, she's iconic," Burns said Wednesday.

    "But it would be a shame if that's the only way she is remembered. She was also one of the biggest beauty queens of the '40s and '50s, one of the most beautiful women in the world. This was one of the great glamour queens of Hollywood, one of the last ones."

    De Carlo was able to sustain a long career by repeatedly reinventing herself. A longtime student of voice, she sang opera at the Hollywood Bowl. When movie roles became scarce, she ventured into stage musicals.

    Her greatest stage triumph came on Broadway in 1971 with "Follies," which won the 1972 Tony award for best original musical score. She belted out Sondheim's showstopping number, "I'm Still Here," a former star's defiant recounting of the highs and lows of her life and career.

    Much romance

    Over the years, De Carlo augmented her stardom by shrewd use of publicity. Gossip columnists reported her dates with famous men. In her 1987 book, "Yvonne: An Autobiography," she listed 22 of her lovers, who included Howard Hughes, Burt Lancaster, Robert Stack, Robert Taylor, Billy Wilder, Aly Khan and an Iranian prince.

    The Canadian-born De Carlo began her career with a parade of bit parts in films of the early 1940s, then emerged as a star in 1945 with "Salome -- Where She Danced," a routine movie about a dancer from Vienna who becomes a spy in the wild West.

    She recalled her entrance in the film: "I came through these beaded curtains, wearing a Japanese kimono and a Japanese headpiece, and then performed a Siamese dance. Nobody seemed to know quite why."

    Universal Pictures exploited her slightly exotic looks and a shape that looked ideal in a harem dress in such "sex-and-sand" programmers as "Song of Scheherazade," "Slave Girl," "Casbah" and "Desert Hawk."

    The studio also employed her to add zest to Westerns, usually as a dance-hall girl or a gun-toting sharpshooter. Among the titles: "Frontier Gal," "Black Bart" (as Lola Montez), "River Lady," "Calamity Jane and Sam Bass" (as Calamity Jane) and "The Gal Who Took the West."

    In 1956 she veered from her former image when Cecil B. DeMille chose her to play Sephora, wife to Charlton Heston's Moses in "The Ten Commandments." The following year she co-starred with Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier in "Band of Angels" as Gable's upper-class sweetheart who learns of her black forebears.

    Among her later films: "McClintock" (starring John Wayne), "A Global Affair" (Bob Hope), "Hostile Guns" (George Montgomery), "The Power" (George Hamilton), "American Gothic" (Rod Steiger) and "Oscar" (Sylvester Stallone).

    De Carlo was born Peggy Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia, on September 1, 1922 (some sources say 1924). Abandoned by her father, she was raised by her mother in poor circumstances. The girl took dancing lessons and dropped out of high school to work in night clubs and local theaters. She continued dancing in clubs when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles.

    Paramount Pictures signed her to a contract in 1942, and she adopted her middle name and her mother's middle name. Dropped by Paramount after 20 minor roles, she landed at Universal, which cast her as the B-picture version of the studio's sultry star Maria Montez.

    In 1955, De Carlo married Bob Morgan, a topflight stunt man, and the marriage produced two sons, Bruce and Michael, as well as much-publicized separations and reconciliations.

    During a stunt aboard a moving log train for "How the West Was Won," Morgan was thrown underneath the wheels. The accident cost him a leg, and for a time De Carlo abandoned her career to care for him. They later divorced.

    In her late years, De Carlo lived in semiretirement near Solvang, north of Santa Barbara. Her son Michael died in 1997, and she suffered a stroke the following year.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.
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    So sad. I loved her, she was a great actress. R.I.P. Ms De Carlo. You will be greatly missed.

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    Its a girl

    It's a Baby for Actress Katey Sagal
    WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10, 2007 10:00 PM EST

    By Julie Jordan

    Actress Katey Sagal and her husband, writer-producer Kurt Sutter, 43, welcomed their first child, daughter Esmé Louise Sutter, on Jan. 10, PEOPLE has learned exclusively. The baby was born via surrogate, her rep confirms.

    Sagal, 52, who was most recently seen in a recurring role on ABC's Boston Legal (and rose to fame playing Married with Children's Peg Bundy), married Sutter, a producer for FX's The Shield, on Oct. 2, 2004 at their home in Los Angeles.

    "The ceremony was very homey," said Sagal at the time. "I got everything I ever wanted – even a disco ball!"

    The couple's new daughter joins Sarah, 12, and Jackson, 10, Sagal's children from a previous marriage.
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    Wagner loses fight for "Angels" profits

    read story here: Charlie's Angels


    I didn't realize Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood helped to create Charlie's Angel......!
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    Sad news about Yvonne De Carlo -The Munsters was one of my after school tv staples. And all this time I never realized she was Charlton Heston's wife in The Ten Commandments!

    I'm really happy for Katey Sagal. I remember when she miscarried during Married With Children and it was a tough time for her.

    And I too never knew Robert Wagner was involved in the creation of Charlie's Angels!

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    There was recently discussion about gifts celebrities receive. Here's your answer.

    Globes Do Away with Goody Bags
    by Natalie Finn

    If there's anything less glamorous than taxes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doesn't want to hear about it.

    So, due to the very unsexy Internal Revenue Service's recent crackdown on award show swag, the HFPA has decided to forgo the traditional gift baskets for presenters at next week's Golden Globes.

    The HFPA made its announcement Wednesday, shortly after the IRS stated that the two organizations had reached an agreement, in that the HFPA would take care of the back taxes for all gifts handed out until 2005 and provide celebrities who received goodies in 2006 with the appropriate income tax forms.

    "We thought it only proper that we assume the tax burden for 2004 and 2005," HFPA president Philip Berk said. "We felt it didn't seem fair to ask those who had donated their services to pay additional tax after they have already filed tax returns for those years."

    There was no word on just how much the IRS collected from the Globe purveyors.

    Last year's bag, stuffed with gadgets, jewelry, spa certificates, trip vouchers and the like, was valued at $40,000, all taxable income. Because vendors and other swag providers can generally write off the items as the cost of doing business (advertising, etc.), the IRS does not recognize the gift baskets as "gifts." And since the A-listers technically receive the "gifts" in exchange for appearing at an event—that's where the income part plays into it.

    To avoid further confusion, everyone who attends the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday will receive a no-taxes-required gift package worth $600.

    "The fact this gift bag practice grew so quickly is stranger than fiction," IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said. "We're happy the Hollywood Foreign Press Association stepped forward to resolve this issue."

    This latest move comes in light of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' announcement in August that it, too, had settled up with the IRS for past swag until 2005 and would no longer be doling out the usual "freebies" to Oscar presenters. It was reported last year that the IRS was looking at a $1.2 million haul from the Academy Awards alone.

    2006 Emmy presenters, meanwhile, got a letter along with their $33,000 swag bags, explaining the ensuing tax obligations, and a waiver absolving the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences of financial liability if any defiant celebs tried to pocket their "earnings" without paying the IRS piper.
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    I wonder...if the celebs choose NOT to accept the goody bags--like the $33,000 ones they got at the Emmys--do they still have to pay taxes on them?

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    they're not taxed if they decline the gift bags.
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