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Given The Choice, Urich Prefers The Hirsute Look

Compiled By Staff Writer Dan Web

Actor Robert Urich remains as hairless as a chihuahua. So the question lingers: Will he maintain the in-vogue look?

“No, no, no, NO,” Urich told Knight-Ridder columnist Ellen Gray. “When you’re Bruce Willis maybe it’s cool, but for me, whenever I look in the mirror, it reminds me that I had cancer, and my hair fell out.”

Urich, who is battling synovial sarcoma, lost his hair because of chemotherapy treatments.

Urich, who will host ABC’s new medical-reality series “Vital Signs,” insists he’s in fine shape even if his pallor remains a bit pale.

“I power-walked four miles on the beach today,” he said, adding, “I used to be kind of a dark-skinned human being, but now I look bleached somehow.”

Loose talk

CBS News anchor Dan Rather on the five themes of country music (as reported by Knight-Ridder): “Mama. Prison. Trains. Pickup trucks. Lost loves.”

His guitar is beginning to gently sob

George Harrison turns 54 today.

Don’t cry for us Barbara Walters…

Some three years before she interviewed Andrew Lloyd Webber, referring to him as “the King Midas of the musical world” and “an amazingly creative man,” ABC broadcaster Barbara Walters invested $100,000 in Lloyd Webber’s show “Sunset Boulevard.” Walter failed to mention this before her gushing profile ran on Dec. 13.

Raquel acting like a man - yeah, right

The Broadway show “Victor/Victoria” has had its share of publicity. First, star Julie Andrews was miffed over the show not receiving enough attention from the Tony awards. Then there was the flap between Andrews substitute Liza Minnelli and co-star Tony Roberts. Now producer are considering a lineup of actresses to replace Andrews when she exits for good on June 1. Among them: 56-year-old Raquel Welch.

Why not just change the name to Kmartha?

With a price tag of $10 million, Kmart is all set to promote the Martha Stewart Everyday line of domicile domesticity. Says the lifestyles maven, “I am trying to encourage the Kmart customer to be more luxurious.”

Typecasting can indeed put you in the doghouse

As obnoxious Nellie Oleson on perennially wholesome “Little House on the Prairie,” actress Alison Arngrim finds herself still facing the expectations of former viewers. “Yes, people do still want me to be the prairie bitch,” she typed away on America Online.

She wants to know: Is the fame out there?

Now that she’s won both a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild acting award, Gillian Anderson is anxious to see what the big screen holds in store. The star of Fox’s “The X-Files” will appear in her first movie, “The Mighty,” with Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands and Harry Dean Stanton. It starts shooting March 24.

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