Hilary Swank loses hair, but it's for a good cause

November 02, 2007

Actress Hilary Swank let Oprah Winfrey chop off a little more than 9 inches of her hair during a taped segment that is to air on The Oprah Winfrey Show today.

The TV shearing was done in the name of charity: Swank, 33, donated her locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which works with the American Cancer Society to provide wigs at no charge to women with hair loss caused by their cancer treatments.

Swank says she has been growing her hair "for the last six months to donate. I've been taking a lot of vitamins and taking really good care of it knowing that it would go to a woman in need."

Reality vs. fiction I

NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams will become the first network anchor to host Saturday Night Live when he takes on the duties tomorrow night.

It's not his first visit to this comedy institution. He made an unannounced appearance on SNL's 2006 season premiere, pretending to vie for the "Weekend Update" anchor chair vacated by Tina Fey.

Williams, an SNL fan since its start three decades ago, gave it a lot of thought before accepting producer Lorne Michael's offer to host the show.

"My family was anxious for me to do it. My bosses were anxious for me to do it," he said. "But in the end, it's me doing it."

Reality vs. fiction II

South Carolina Democrats squashed Stephen Colbert's White House bid yesterday.

Colbert, who poses as a conservative talk-show host on Comedy Central, filed to get on the ballot as a Democratic candidate in his native South Carolina.

However, after about 40 minutes of discussion by top party officials, the executive council voted 13-3 to keep the host of The Colbert Report off the ballot.

"He's really trying to use South Carolina Democrats as suckers so he can further a comedy routine," said Waring Howe, a member of the executive council.

But state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter told the committee, "I think you're taking this a little too seriously."

First `Potter'

A copy of J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter novel sold at auction yesterday for more than $40,000.

The copy of the hardback first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), published in 1997 and signed "Joanne Rowling" on the back of the title page, was sold to an anonymous private bidder for $40,326 at Christie's auction house.

From wire reports

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