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John Derek dies following heart surgery

SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- Movie producer-actor John Derek, husband of actress Bo Derek, died on Friday following emergency heart surgery. Derek, 71, underwent lengthy surgery early Thursday at Marian Medical Center, a day after he was found unconscious in his Santa Ynez Valley home. He had a history of heart troubles. John Derek has appeared in such films as "Knock on Any Door Men" and "Exodus."


Fox, Reiser tell of paparazzi harassment

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- TV stars Michael J. Fox ("Spin City") and Paul Reiser ("Mad About You") testified on Thursday at a congressional hearing on legislation designed to rein in intrusive "paparazzi." The proposed law would impose stiff prison terms on journalists and photographers found guilty of harassment while in pursuit of celebrities. Fox told members of Congress that paparazzi have pursued him mercilessly for the past 15 years, staking out his house "on a 24-hour basis in hopes of capturing that one photograph that will win them the bounty."


Woman files suit claiming Tarantino punched her

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A fashion stylist has filed a $15 million lawsuit against Quentin Tarantino, alleging the film director punched her in the face, even though he meant to punch her boyfriend. Leila Mwangi alleges Tarantino opened a cut over her left eye during the scuffle at a Manhattan restaurant on May 2. The trouble started when Tarantino and Mwangi's boyfriend got into a heated discussion about the way Hollywood portrays African-Americans, her lawyer said. David Mortimer, a publicist for Tarantino, said he was not aware of the incident or the lawsuit.


Reeve 'flattered,' but won't run for Congress

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Christopher Reeve said he is "flattered" that some Democrats want him to run for Congress, but says vying for a political office is not something he is considering "at this time." Democrats in New York's Westchester County, New York, reportedly approached him about running for the state of New York's 19th Congressional district. Reeve sidestepped a similar offer in 1996, just one year after he was paralyzed in a horsebacking riding accident.

Endowment made to hospital in Larson's name

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Nicolette Larson, the late pop musician who lifted "Lotta Love" to the top of the charts in the 1970s, is being remembered at the University of California Children's Hospital. Graham Nash and Larson's husband, Russell Kunkel, and her 8-year-old daughter, Elsie May, presented a check for $167,000 to the hospital in her memory to help youngsters facing surgery. Larson was 45 when she died December 16 of complications from cerebral edema.

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