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New Walk of Fame stars announced

Sat., June 23, 2012, midnight

Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson, James Franco and the Backstreet Boys are among the famous folks getting stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2013.

Actress Marg Helgenberger and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the new 24 inductees Friday at a press conference on Hollywood Boulevard’s star-lined sidewalk.

A committee selects celebrities eligible for a star, and those who accept pay $30,000 in costs and fees.

Other entertainers slated for a star next year are Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Katey Sagal, Matthew Perry, Ellen DeGeneres and Olympia Dukakis; performers Penn & Teller; filmmaker Ron Howard; radio personalities Steve Harvey and “Shotgun” Tom Kelly; and musicians Jane’s Addiction, New Kids on the Block, Janis Joplin, Usher, Thalia and Luther Vandross.

Cheney family ‘delighted’ as lesbian daughter marries longtime partner

Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has married her longtime partner, Heather Poe.

The couple, who live in Virginia and have two children, were married Friday morning in Washington, D.C., according to the Daily Caller, a news site co-founded by Neil Patel, a former adviser to the former vice president.

“Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized,” the Cheney family said in a statement. “Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness.”

The Cheneys are perhaps the most prominent Republican family to embrace same-sex marriage.

The birthday bunch

Singer Diana Trask is 72. Musical conductor James Levine is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosetta Hightower (The Orlons) is 68. Actor Ted Shackelford is 66. Actor Bryan Brown is 65. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 64. Actor Jim Metzler is 61. “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is 56. Actress Frances McDormand is 55. Rock musician Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) is 50. Actor Paul La Greca is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chico DeBarge is 42. Actress Selma Blair is 40. Rock singer KT Tunstall is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Virgo Williams (Ghostowns DJs) is 37. Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is 35. Actress Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 32. Rock singer Duffy is 28. Country singer Katie Armiger is 21.


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