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Ronstadt afflicted with Parkinson’s

Sat., Aug. 24, 2013

Linda Ronstadt disclosed that she suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.

The 67-year-old music legend told AARP Magazine, in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note.”

Ronstadt said she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago, but attributed her inability to sing then to a tick disease. When her hands began to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was the result of a shoulder operation.

She said she was “completely shocked” when she finally saw a neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Lovato slated for ‘Glee’ appearances

Demi Lovato is taking her big voice to “Glee.” The 21-year-old singer-actress will appear in multiple episodes of the show’s upcoming fifth season, her publicist confirmed Friday.

Lovato is in her second year as a mentor on “The X Factor.” She starred on the Disney Channel’s “Sonny With a Chance” for two seasons.

The new season of “Glee” premieres Sept. 26.

Both sides agree to drop Deen suit

Lawyers signed a deal Friday to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past.

A document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., said both sides agreed to drop the lawsuit “without any award of costs or fees to any party.” No other details were released.

Former employee Lisa Jackson last year sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, saying she suffered from sexual harassment and racially offensive talk and employment practices that were unfair to black workers during her five years as a manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. Deen is co-owner of the restaurant, which is primarily run by her brother.

The dismissal deal came less than two weeks after Judge William Moore threw out the race discrimination claims, ruling Jackson, who is white, had no standing to sue over what she said was poor treatment of black workers. He let Jackson’s claims of sexual harassment stand, but the deal drops those also.

Baldwins welcome baby girl

Actor Alec Baldwin and his wife have given birth to a baby girl in New York. Hilaria Baldwin tweeted the news from her verified Twitter account Friday night.

The former “30 Rock” star already is the father of a 17-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

Hilaria Baldwin is a special correspondent for the TV show “Extra.” The couple wed last June after a three-month engagement.

The birthday bunch

Actor Kenny Baker (“Star Wars”) is 79. Actress Anne Archer is 66. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 55. Actress Marlee Matlin is 48. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 40. Actor Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter” films) is 25.


 

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