Princess Diana‘s most loyal fans gathered outside her former home Wednesday to mark the eighth anniversary of her death – and to revile the woman who succeeded her as the wife of Prince Charles.
Outside Kensington Palace, Diana’s home after their divorce, bouquets of roses, carnations and lilies were placed on the fence by her fans, along with pictures from every stage of her life.
Diana died in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.
Many who came to pay their respects were upset that Charles has married Camilla Parker Bowles, the woman Diana blamed for the failure of her marriage.
One of the many anti-Camilla messages taped to the gates at Kensington Palace said: “Adulterers will be punished on judgment day.”
“Every year is hard but it’s been more so this year because Charles married. I can’t even say her name,” one observer said.
“(Diana) is our queen of hearts. You never forget your queen of hearts,” added another. “Camilla, they will forget her – she’s rubbish – but not our Diana.”
Hasta la vista, baby
An Austrian museum displaying training equipment once used by former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger closed Wednesday because of financial problems.
The collection of memorabilia, which also included photos and paintings, opened in honor of his 50th birthday in 1997 in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium in Graz, a southern Austrian city near the California governor’s home village of Thal.
Officials said a letter had been sent to Schwarzenegger asking for financial help, but the letter wasn’t answered.
Now you, too, can lick Jackie Chan
China has honored action movie stars Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat in a commemorative stamp collection marking 100 years of Chinese cinema.
The collection also salutes famous Chinese films including “Fists of Fury,” “Hero,” “Farewell My Concubine” and “Infernal Affairs.”
The stamps bear production shots of the stars and come with brief biographies.
A beautiful day at UCLA
A University of California film student has received the first Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” kiddie-show host.
Michelle Lyn Banta, a graduate student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, received $10,000 from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to support her study in children’s media and further “the values and principles of Rogers’ work.”
Rogers died of cancer in 2003 at age 74.
Maybe Mac needs a good dressing-down
Famously temperamental tennis star John McEnroe stars in a new public service TV spot for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
When an actor seemingly challenges McEnroe’s decision to neuter his dog, he fumes: “Did you know that shelters have to kill more than 4 million animals every year just because there’s not enough good homes out there? I can’t have that on my conscience! Can you?”
The actor then points to McEnroe’s dog, dressed in a pink sweater and hat, and says: “I was actually talking about the outfit. … It’s ostentatious. Sorry.”
The birthday bunch
Actress Yvonne DeCarlo (“The Munsters”) is 83. Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 66. Singer Archie Bell (Archie Bell and the Drells) is 61. Singer Barry Gibb (the Bee Gees) is 59. Talk-show host Phil McGraw is 55. Singer Gloria Estefan is 48. Actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira (“Desperate Housewives”) is 34. Actor Scott Speedman (“Felicity”) is 30.
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