Only VIPs dare introduce Janet Janet Jackson threw a...

PEOPLE AND PLACES

September 09, 2000

Only VIPs dare introduce Janet

Janet Jackson threw a hissy fit at rehearsals the day before Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards when she was told Renee Zellweger would be introducing her, reports the New York Post.

Jackson, who had arrived at Radio City Music Hall three hours late, screamed, "Who is that? She's nobody! I'm Janet Jackson! I don't even like her boyfriend Jim Carrey - he's a fool!"

Jackson threatened to be a no-show, forcing MTV execs to spend all night convincing her that Zellweger ("Jerry Maguire," "Nurse Betty") was star enough for her.

Lullabies for Tori Amos

Tori Amos' latest project came as a complete surprise to her fans and record label. The eccentric singer became a mother Tuesday, reports E!Online.

Amos and her recording engineer husband, Mark Hawley, announced the birth of a baby girl, weighing in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and measuring 21 inches long. Both mother and as-yet-unnamed daughter are said to be in excellent condition.

Amos and Hawley were married in 1998 at a medieval castle in Britain.

Giving Indian viewpoint

Frustrated by the way American Indians are portrayed by Hollywood, actor Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman has launched a company dedicated to creating productions from an Indian point of view.

Westerman, who played Chief Ten Bears in "Dances With Wolves," says Indian history has been distorted and glossed over in schools and entertainment. He hopes his company, Red Crow Creations, will be able to address those inaccuracies through film, television and education.

"The California Story," the first part of the company's initial project : " `Exterminate Them!' America's War on Indian Nations," is nearing completion. It tells the story of attempts in California to kill off the Indians during the Gold Rush, he said.

A star for Aguilar

At least a thousand fans cheered actor and mariachi singer Antonio Aguilar and even sang to him at the dedication of his star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Aguilar began his show business career as a movie extra. He went on to star in 167 films, including "The Undefeated" with John Wayne.

Aguilar has recorded with his traditional mariachi group for 50 years, producing 163 records with 28 million in sales. His hit songs include "Triste Recuerdo," "Albur de Amor," "Hay Unos Ojos," "El Chubasco," "Gabino Barrera" and "Puno de Tierra."

"I came here 50 years ago as a wetback," he told the crowd Thursday. "It's a privilege and an honor to be here. I love to be in the USA. This is one of the most important episodes of my life. I never expected this," he said.

Today's birthdays

Actress Jane Greer is 76.

Actor Cliff Robertson is 75.

Jazz musician Elvin Jones is 73.

Actress Sylvia Miles is 68.

Actor Topol is 65.

Singer-musician Billy Preston is 54.

Rock singer Doug Ingle is 54.

Football commentator Joe Theismann is 51.

Actor-comedian Michael Keaton is 49.

Actor Tom Wopat is 49.

Actress Angela Cartwright is 48.

Musician-producer Dave Stewart is 48.

Actor Hugh Grant is 40.

Actor Adam Sandler is 34.

Rapper Dray (Das EFX) is 30.

Actor Goran Visnjic is 28.

Actress Michelle Williams is 20.

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