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April 29, 2000

Leno's sidewalk star recalls memories

The location of Jay Leno's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has special memories for the "Tonight Show" host: It's where the TV talker was arrested twice early in his career.

About 500 fans, including friend Arsenio Hall, gathered Thursday at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue to witness the unveiling of Leno's star, the 2,156th dedicated along the famous walkway. "People pretend they don't want this, but I won't pretend. I did want this. It's great," Leno said.

Leno picked the spot because it was where police busted him some 25 years ago for vagrancy shortly after he arrived in Hollywood from Andover, Mass.

Philbin's artery cleared

Regis Philbin says he's doing fine after undergoing a procedure that successfully cleared a blocked artery. (No, it wasn't to remove Kathie Lee.)

Philbin, 67, had the procedure done Monday and stayed one night in the hospital, he said Thursday on "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee."

Philbin said he'd kept the procedure quiet because he didn't want to worry anyone. "I'm fine, I'm fine," he assured his co-host.

Philbin underwent an atherectomy, a procedure in which doctors use a rotating shaver on the end of a catheter to clear coronary arteries blocked by plaque. The catheter is generally inserted through a blood vessel in the leg or arm and threaded through vessels to the blocked artery.

Zombie to try directing

Rob Zombie, whose musical stage show has been patterned after a horror film, has announced that he will make his feature-film writing and directing debut with "House of 1,000 Corpses," the Wall of Sound Web site reports.

Shooting begins next month. "To me, all good horror movies have a vibe that you get into," Zombie says on the House of 1,000 Corpses site, found at www.houseof1000corpses.com.

"Whether it's `Frankenstein' or `The Exorcist' or `Seven' or `Dawn of the Dead,' it's like somehow, you're there, and you're trapped in this world of the movie, and you can't get out of it. And that's why it becomes unnerving to people and it makes them uncomfortable to watch it."

Hopkins' ad backfires

Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins says he has been made a scapegoat in a brouhaha over a decision by Britain's fourth-largest bank to close nearly 200 branches in England and Wales.

The star of "The Silence of the Lambs" has been criticized for starring in a new commercial for Barclay's just as the financial giant announced the closures.

But the Welsh-born actor defended himself in a hand-written postcard to a Labour politician in the Welsh Assembly.

"It seems that I have been wholly responsible for leaving thousands of people destitute," he wrote to Gwenda Thomas, who had sought his support in her campaign against the closures. "I just have to set the record straight by saying that I do not run Barclays."

Today's birthdays

Actress Celeste Holm is 81.

Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) is 72.

Poet Rod McKuen is 67.

Bluesman Otis Rush is 66.

Conductor Zubin Mehta is 64.

Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 57.

Singer Tommy James is 53.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 46.

Actress Kate Mulgrew is 45.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 43.

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 43.

Rock musician Phil King is 40.

Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 37.

Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 32.

Actress Uma Thurman is 30.

Tennis player Andre Agassi is 30.

Rapper Master P is 30.

Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 27.

Actor Zane Carney ("Dave's World") is 15.

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