MEGHAN MARKLE EXPECTING SECOND CHILD WITH PRINCE HARRY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Meghan Markle is said to be “overjoyed” that she’s expecting again. Word of her pregnancy was announced by a rep for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The statement read in part that Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie “is going to be a big brother.” With the statement came a photo of the couple, sitting near a tree with Harry’s hand placed on Meghan’s head as she lies on his lap with her hand cradling her baby bump. No word on when the child is to arrive – but when it does, it will be eighth in line to the British throne.
ASHLEY JUDD RECOUNTS HARROWING ORDEAL WITH LEG INJURY
NEW YORK (AP) – Ashley Judd says the leg injury she suffered in the Congo left her “howling like a wild animal” as she bit down on a wooden stick to fight the pain. The actress recounts her injury in a pair of Instagram Live videos hosted this past Friday by the New York Times. Judd says she shattered her tibia after tripping in a Congolese rainforest. She says she had to be evacuated by motorbike and eventually flown to South Africa to have the damaged leg surgically repaired.
“BACHELOR” HOST LEAVES SHOW AFTER RACIAL CONTROVERSY
UNDATED (AP) – Chris Harrison says he’s sorry for what he calls his defense of “historical racism.” The host of “The Bachelor” is leaving the ABC dating show, saying he’s “ashamed” of how he handled an interview on the celebrity program “Extra.” In the interview, Harrison expressed support for current “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. Photos have surfaced showing her dressed as a Native American – and attending a slavery-era plantation-themed ball. Kirkconnell has apologized for what she called her “racist and offensive” actions. But Harrison griped that Kirkconnell is a victim of the “woke police.”
LONGTIME HOLLYWOOD CASTING DIRECTOR DIES
UNDATED (AP) – He was a casting director whose eye for talent helped boost the careers of John Travolta, Christopher Reeve and Richard Dreyfuss. Lynn Stalmaster has died at age 93. In 2016, he became the first person to get a lifetime achievement Oscar for casting. Stalmaster started in Hollywood as an actor, but chose casting as a backup plan. By time his career ended, he had cast more than 200 movies, including “The Graduate,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Tootsie,” “Deliverance” and “The Right Stuff.” Others he cast in movies included Jon Voight, James Caan, Martin Landau and Jeff Bridges.