Heart to heart for Liz fans

THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

Elizabeth Taylor says she’s headed to the hospital for a heart procedure.

The 77-year-old actress tells her followers on Twitter that she is to undergo a “very new” procedure to improve heart function that “involves repairing my leaky valve using a clip device” rather than open-heart surgery.

“Any prayers you happen to have lying around I would dearly appreciate,” Taylor wrote Tuesday, adding that she plans to inform her 157,389 Twitter followers when the procedure is complete. She did not say when or where she is having treatment.

A Jennifer Christmas

Jennifer Hudson returns to her hometown of Chicago for an ABC prime-time special, “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” that will air in December.

The network says the 28-year-old singer-actress will share childhood memories of the music, people and places that set the stage for her career.

Method Man malfeasance

Grammy-winning rapper Method Man has been arrested in New York City on felony charges for failing to pay his taxes.

The 38-year-old rapper turned himself in Monday morning. Authorities say he failed to pay nearly $33,000 in taxes through 2004 and 2007.

He is being charged with repeated failure to file a return and failure to pay taxes.

Method Man, whose real name is Clifford Smith, could face up to four years in prison.

The birthday bunch

Paul Hogan is 70. Chevy Chase is 66. Author R.L. Stine (“Goosebumps”) is 66. Country singer Susan Raye is 65. Sigourney Weaver is 60. Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool and the Gang is 59. Darrell Hammond (“Saturday Night Live”) is 54. Actress Stephanie Zimbalist is 53. Singer CeCe Winans is 45. C.J. Ramone of The Ramones is 44. Singer Teddy Riley is 43. Emily Procter (“CSI: Miami”) is 41. Matt Damon is 39. Angus T. Jones (“Two and a Half Men”) is 16.


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