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Julie Chen is pregnant Fans of Julie Chen have been anticipating it for years, and the news is finally here: The Early Show and Big Brother host is pregnant, according to Page Six. She and husband Les Moonves are expecting the child in October. METRO WORLD NEWS

A long and winding Rhoda Voice of Marge Simpson Julie Kavner lauds DVD release of her ’70s sitcom

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seminal ’70s sitcom spinoff Rhoda. The first-season set hit stores yesterday, to coincide with the show’s 35th anniversary. “It was about time,� Kavner complains. “I mean, they put everything else out there ...� Though her Simpsons success has guaranteed financial security for several lifetimes — last year she and her castmates negotiated a per-episode pay bump to $500,000 — Rhoda remains closest to her heart. “It gave me my life, it gave me my career, it gave me the love of my life, David Davis.� Davis, with whom she has lived since the ’70s, was also responsible for kick-starting her career, calling her in “as a favour to a family friend� to read for a one-shot role as Rhoda’s sister on Mary Tyler Moore. She didn’t get it. “A year later,� she says, “they spun off the show, and David remembered me and brought me back in.�





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Ironically, for an actor so indelibly identified by her distinctive voice, Julie Kavner remains adamantly unwilling to talk. Kavner has, for the past 20 years, preferred to let her animated alter-ego Marge Simpson do all the talking for her, eschewing public appearances, and refusing to be videotaped or photographed at work. She is so notoriously press-shy — she once snuck out in the middle of an ensemble interview on Inside the Actors Studio — she has been branded a virtual recluse. And yet, here she is on the phone — and there is no mistaking that throaty rasp, which has been described, not inaccurately, as the sound of “honeyed gravel.� “It’s true,� she concedes, “I tend not to like (being interviewed). But this was something I really wanted to talk about.� “This� being the longoverdue DVD release of the

A publicity shot of Julie Kavner as she appeared during her days as Brenda Morgenstern on the 1970s TV series Rhoda.

This time, Kavner won the role of Brenda Morgenstern, the sitcom postergirl for low self-esteem ... initially, both on and off







screen, having suddenly found herself surrounded on all sides by seasoned television professionals. “Valerie Harper and Nancy







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Walker and Hal Gould and David Groh ... and (behind the scenes) David Davis and James L. Brooks and Lorenzo Music and Allan Burns ... I was the new one. It was my first paying job. “But they couldn’t have been nicer and more welcoming. It was always, always about the work ... none of that, you know, diva bulls---.� Rhoda earned Kavner the first of two Emmys (the second was for The Simpsons), and yet, when it was cancelled after four and a half seasons, she found herself slumming it on the dinner-theatre circuit, including a fondly remembered tour of Western Canada. In the early ’80s she had a guest shot on Taxi as yet another sitcom sister (Tony Banta’s, played by Tony Danza), and then five years later made an extraordinary leap to the big screen and her first Woody Allen film, Hannah and her Sisters. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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Hill to headline Stockholm fest MUSIC

Organizers say former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill will be the headline act for the Stockholm Jazz Festival in July. Lauryn Hill Festival spokesman Gunnar Lagerman says the hip-hop and R&B singer will perform at the five-day event as part of a 10-stop European tour. It will be the second time Hill has headlined the festival. Other artists lined up for the July 15-19 festival include tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil. The event celebrates its 26th anniversary this year and is expected to attract up to 30,000 people. The Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of Sweden’s biggest music events, and has previously hosted stars such as Mary J. Blige, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie.

Seger named in U.S. lawsuit COURTS Detroit rocker Bob Seger and a bandmate have been named in a negligence lawsuit filed by a man who says he suffered injuries in a crash involving a car registered to Seger. Oxford resident Scott Martin claims in the suit he was injured Aug. 8 in Independence Township when his motorcycle was struck by the Seger-registered 2004 Lexus driven by Christopher Campbell. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In brief FIRE Country music legend Jimmy Dean and his wife escaped a fire that heavily damaged their house in Virginia. Authorities said yesterday that three firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze at the home in Varina. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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