April 14, 2010 in Features

Another bid for immortality

From Wire Reports

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Just when you thought every last bit of Marilyn Monroe had been up for auction – including the crypt above hers at a local cemetery – along comes the couch from her shrink’s office.

Julien’s Auctions says the psychiatric sofa will be offered June 26-27 during the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas.

Also up for grabs: her Chanel No. 5, personal photos, bank statements, scripts and the chair used in her final photo shoot.

What’s in a brand name?

“Ugly Betty” will soon be over for star America Ferrera, but she’s got a new project in the works from behind the scenes.

Ferrera will serve as executive producer of “Pedro & Maria,” a multicultural, interactive telenovela in development for MTV television and the Web.

It’s billed as a bilingual, modern-day version of “Romeo & Juliet” that will give its audience the ability to vote on the direction the characters and story lines take.

Proctor & Gamble Co., which makes everything from shaving cream to batteries, will co-produce the project, making commercials with “Pedro & Maria” touches inside them.

Kiss me again, Kate

Kate Walsh plans to spend her summer vacation in a 99-seat off-Broadway theater.

Walsh, star of ABC’s “Private Practice,” will appear in the world premiere of “Dusk Rings a Bell,” a two-character play by Stephen Belber about a couple who unexpectedly meet again more than two decades after a brief romantic encounter.

The birthday bunch

Country singer Loretta Lynn is 75. Actress Julie Christie is 70. Actor Brad Garrett is 50. Actor Robert Carlyle is 49. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 42. Actor Adrien Brody is 37. Actor Antwon Tanner (“One Tree Hill”) is 35. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 33. Actress Abigail Breslin is 14.

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