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People: Fans pay homage to Mexico’s Roberto Gomez Bolanos

From Wire Reports

Thousands of fans in Mexico City paid homage Sunday to Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the late Mexican comedian who played the boy television character “El Chavo del Ocho” that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children.

Gomez Bolanos, who was known as “Chespirito,” died Friday at age 85.

Thousands of people, many dressed as his characters, gathered at Azteca stadium in southern Mexico City on Sunday to say goodbye to the iconic comedian who took his inspiration from Laurel and Hardy as well as Mexico’s other transcendent comedian, Cantinflas.

“Chespirito! Chespirito!” shouted fans of all ages as his coffin entered the stadium. It was received by thousands of children dressed as his character “Chapulin Colorado” or “The Crimson Grasshopper.”

Giant television screens showed videos about his life and characters. His morning show was a staple for preschoolers, much like “Captain Kangaroo” in the United States.

‘Snooki,’ LaValle marry in New Jersey

Snooki has officially tied the knot.

Former “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi married boyfriend Jionni LaValle in a church ceremony Saturday in East Hanover, New Jersey.

The Record reports that among the guests were “Jersey Shore” castmates Sammi Giancola, Deena Cortese and Jenni Farley.

Seventeen groomsmen and 15 bridesmaids attended the ceremony, which had a “Great Gatsby” theme.

Polizzi and LaValle have two children, ages 2 and 2 months.

The birthday bunch

Actor-director Woody Allen is 79. Singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 75. Rock musician John Densmore (The Doors) is 70. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 69. Actor Treat Williams is 63. Actress Charlene Tilton is 56. Actress-model Carol Alt is 54. Actor Jeremy Northam is 53. Actress-comedian Sarah Silverman is 44. Rock musician Brad Delson (Linkin Park) is 37. Pop singer Nico Sereba (Nico & Vinz) is 24.

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