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Guild taps Van Dyke for lifetime award

Dick Van Dyke will receive the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor: The Life Achievement Award.

Screen Actors Guild & American Federation of Television and Radio Artists co-president Ken Howard made the announcement Tuesday.

The 86-year-old entertainer will receive the honor at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in January. He has already won a Tony, a Grammy and five Emmy awards.

Van Dyke is being honored for his 60-year career, which includes his hit TV show and film credits such as “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Mary Poppins,” and his commitment to philanthropic causes.

Strahan in talks to go ‘Live!’ with Ripa

Michael Strahan is in talks to be named co-host of “Live!” beside Kelly Ripa.

Strahan, 40, a former NFL star and currently a host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” was in negotiations to be named as replacement for Regis Philbin, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak about the negotiations.

Broadcasting & Cable, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, said ABC was expected to announce him as co-host in early September.

A spokeswoman for “Live!” declined to comment on Philbin’s replacement.

Strahan also headlined a shortlived Fox sitcom, “Brothers,” in 2009.

Diller recording of ‘Smile’ released

Music collective Pink Martini has released the last song Phyllis Diller recorded, Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” as a fitting tribute to her memory.

Diller died Monday in Los Angeles at age 95. The song was recorded in February by Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale for the Portland collective’s next album.

It’s available for listening on YouTube ( and Soundcloud (

Lauderdale met Diller through a mutual friend. He asked Diller, who had formal music training in her youth, if she would be interested in recording a song. To his surprise she said yes.

“She had a great time,” Lauderdale said. “She was a perfectionist. Every time she didn’t get a phrase just as she wanted it, she went right back to redo it. So it required no coaching at all from me. She did it all on her own.”

The birthday bunch

Actress Valerie Harper is 73. Correspondent Steve Kroft (“60 Minutes”) is 67. Actress Cindy Williams is 65. Drummer Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 51. Singer Tori Amos is 49. Rapper GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) is 46. Actor Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) is 45. Comedian Kristen Wiig is 39. Actor Brandon Adams (“The Mighty Ducks”) is 33.


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