Writer-actress Carrie Fisher has been honored for her candor in dealing with her bipolar disorder and for raising awareness about the condition.
Fisher received the Utah Film Center’s Kim Peek Award for Disability in Media on Friday night in Salt Lake City.
The Deseret News reports film center founder Geralyn Dreyfous praised Fisher for sharing her bipolar disorder with a mix of humor, defiance and grace.
Fisher says people face a choice of being a victim of bipolar disorder or “taking it on and flying in the face of it.”
Fisher, who starred as Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy and is the daughter of late singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, shared her journey during “An Evening With Carrie Fisher,” sponsored by the film center.
Bieber, Gomez break up
A source confirms to the Associated Press that Justin Bieber is no longer Selena Gomez’s “Boyfriend.”
The source is not authorized to discuss the split with the press and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The breakup apparently happened recently. Distance and their busy schedules were cited as factors.
Eighteen-year-old Bieber is touring to promote his latest album, “Believe,” which contains the hit “Boyfriend.” Twenty-year-old Gomez is filming a “Wizards of Waverly Place” reunion for the Disney Channel.
The pair made their relationship public in February 2011.
Bieber seems to be doing OK, at least publicly. On the red carpet of Wednesday’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show he said, “I’d rather be here than anywhere in the world.”
‘Little Rascals’ star’s grave marked
Fans of the “Little Rascals” film series were in Baltimore this weekend to place a headstone at the grave of child actor Norman “Chubby” Chaney.
Chaney’s grave had been unmarked for 76 years since he died at age 21. Chaney was paid a weekly salary when he appeared in the films between 1929 and 1931. But he didn’t receive any royalties or residual payments and returned to Baltimore when he grew out of the role. When he died, his mother couldn’t afford a headstone for his grave.
The series was known as “Our Gang” when it was shown in theaters and later as the “Little Rascals” on television.
The birthday bunch
Actor Wallace Shawn (“The Princess Bride”) is 69. Organist Booker T. Jones (Booker T. and the MG’s) is 68. Singer Neil Young is 67. Actress Megan Mullally is 54. Actress Cote de Pablo (“NCIS”) is 33. Actress Anne Hathaway is 30.