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Mary Frann of 'Newhart' fame dead at 55

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Actress Mary Frann, best known for her role as the wife of Bob Newhart in the CBS sitcom "Newhart," died in Los Angeles Wednesday, according to her publicist. Frann was 55. Frann portrayed innkeeper Joanna Loudon, wife of Newhart's innkeeper-writer character Dick Loudon, in the 1982-90 sitcom set in Vermont. The cause of death is unknown.

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'Hollywood Squares' dedicates week to FloJo

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- The new "Hollywood Squares" is taking time to remember late track and field star Florence Griffith Joyner. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Griffith Joyner taped her appearances on the recently launched game show several weeks ago. The episodes are scheduled to air all week. In tribute to Griffith Joyner, King World, the show's syndicator, has dedicated all of this week's episodes to her: each show will begin with a tribute to the flamboyant track star. Griffith Joyner, known as "FloJo," won two gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics. She died Monday morning at age 38, apparently from a heart seizure.

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McCartney, Springsteen, Joel nominated for Rock hall

CLEVELAND (CNN) -- Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel have been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 1999, a spokesman for the hall said Tuesday. McCartney was inducted into the hall as a member of the Beatles in 1988, but would go in this time as a solo artist.

The nominees, which include heavy-metal pioneers Black Sabbath, jazz-rock alchemists Steely Dan, pop singers Darlene Love, Gene Pitney and Dusty Springfield, soul singers Solomon Burke and Curtis Mayfield, and early rockers Del Shannon and Ritchie Valens, now face a round of voting by an international group of more than 800 industry insiders. Inductees will be announced in November.

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Garth can't be at CMA, but he'll show up

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- Country mega-star Garth Brooks will appear at the Country Music Association's awards show Wednesday night -- but he won't show up in person. Brooks will appear via satellite with Trisha Yearwood when they sing their duet "Where Your Road Leads" to a concert audience in Buffalo, New York. "Garth has a very active touring schedule. In the fall, it's very difficult to get him," said Ed Benson, executive director of the CMA. Performing in person at the awards ceremony: Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Randy Travis and Lorrie Morgan.

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Claire Danes no thrilla for Manila

MANILA, Philippines (CNN) -- Claire Danes isn't a big fan of Manila, and now it seems that officials in the Philippines capital aren't big fans of her, either. The Manila city council is to discuss a resolution next Tuesday to ban her movies there, following comments by the actress in two American magazines.

Kim Atienza, the son of Manila's mayor, said councilors had dismissed comments she made in Vogue magazine in April describing Manila as a "ghastly and weird city." But he said the actress went "overboard" in a recent interview with Premiere magazine by saying Manila "smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over and that there is no sewerage system and the people do not have anything -- no arms, no legs, no eyes." "Those are irresponsible, bigoted and sweeping statements that we cannot accept," Atienza said.

Danes visited Manila for several weeks early this year to shoot scenes for the movie "Brokedown Palace." Most of the sequences shot in Manila were done inside a dilapidated psychiatric hospital.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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