Depp most gracious, Diaz rude to fans

PEOPLE AND PLACES

May 15, 2006

Johnny Depp has the write stuff when it comes to signing autographs while Cameron Diaz is the worst, according to a new list from Autograph Collector magazine.

Depp, followed by George Clooney, topped the magazine's 14th annual survey of Hollywood's best and worst signers.

"Many stars become bad signers once fame and fortune hits, but not Depp. He's even signed autographs for crowds at the airport while carrying luggage," said Steve Cyrkin, editor and publisher of the magazine.

As for Clooney, "he'll joke as he signs, and make fun of how he looks in photos he's handed to autograph," Cyrkin said.

When it comes to her moniker, however, Diaz gets a flunking grade.

"Cameron Diaz may be a talented actress, but she's persistently a terrible signer. Instead of just turning down a person's autograph request, she'll lecture them about how dumb autographs are," Cyrkin said.

Joel's advice to students

Billy Joel got a standing ovation from nearly 5,000 Syracuse University graduates yesterday after he serenaded them and urged them to do what they love in life.

"Don't do it for security or status, prestige, money, or, for crying out loud, don't do it for somebody else," he said. "Do it for love. Because if you love what you do, you'll always do what you love."

Joel, who never graduated high school but said he traveled "the college of the road," estimated he has received five or six honorary degrees. That includes a new doctorate of fine arts from Syracuse.

Last fall, Joel gave $320,000 to the university's college of visual and performing arts for music fellowships.

Jewel will sing on a soap

Jewel is hitting the daytime-TV soap world to promote her new CD.

The singer-songwriter will appear May 31 on The Young and the Restless. The CBS soap opera is daytime's top-rated drama.

On the show, Jewel will perform at a fundraiser hosted by characters Nick and Sharon Newman to mark the first anniversary of their teenage daughter's death in a drunk-driving accident.

She'll sing "Again and Again" and "Good Day" from her new Goodbye Alice in Wonderland" CD.

At the end of the episode, Jewel will appear in a public service announcement for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Keaton will work for L'Oreal

Diane Keaton has a new role. The Oscar-winning actress, who is 60, will star as a spokeswoman for L'Oreal Paris and its brands.

She will appear in print and TV ads beginning in late summer in the U.S. for L'Oreal Paris' Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Restorative Hydrating Cream and Age Perfect Skin Supporting & Hydrating Makeup, the company announced Friday.

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