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PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

January 23, 2009|By From Sun news services

What a coincidence: Beanie Babies's new Sasha and Malia dolls

The company that makes the popular Beanie Babies is hoping for two more big winners with dolls named "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia."

But, no, the names do not refer to President Barack Obama's daughters, a Ty Inc. spokeswoman says. Hmmm.

Ty released the 12-inch dolls as part of the company's "TyGirlz Collection." The Sasha doll has pigtails and wears a white-and-pink dress with hearts. The Malia doll has a side ponytail and a long-sleeve shirt with capri pants.

The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company chose the names because "they are beautiful names," not because of any resemblance to 10-year-old Malia and Sasha Obama, 7, said spokeswoman Tania Lundeen.

The dolls have bronze skin and "real doll hair," Lundeen said. They were introduced early this month; a limited supply has been shipped to retailers.

Public figures have a legal right to control how their images are used, but Lundeen would not comment on legal issues or if the company's lawyers have become involved.

Setting Obama to music

Barack Obama's presidential campaign inspired millions. Now, it has inspired a London musical.

Obama on My Mind will open at a small theater in the British capital in March, producers have announced. The play's book, music and lyrics are by U.S.-born writer Teddy Hayes.

Yesterday, Hayes described the show as a humorous romp set in an Obama campaign office, with songs that mix pop, gospel, jazz, "some Motownish stuff" and even tango.

Casting has not been announced, but the producers have spared themselves the challenge of finding a presidential lookalike - the Obama character never appears onstage.

Fantasy football

So you think you can play football? Has Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin got a reality TV show for you. The NFL wannbe's prize: a spot on the Dallas Cowboys' training camp roster.

The Cowboys confirmed that one of their 80 roster spots will go to the winner of the show that will air this spring on Spike. The NFL did not return a call.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Rutger Hauer, 65.

Actor Richard Dean Anderson, 59.

Princess Caroline of Monaco, 52.

Singer Anita Baker, 51.

Actress Mariska Hargitay, 45.

Rock musician Nick Harmer, 34.

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