SISTER NAMES KIRK DOUGLAS AS NATALIE WOODS’ SEX ASSAILANT
NEW YORK (AP) – It happened long before the (hash)MeToo era. But the sister of actor Natalie Wood is putting a name to rumors that have swirled for decades. Lana Wood says it was Kirk Douglas who sexually assaulted her sister at a Los Angeles hotel in the 1950s. In the memoir, out next week, Wood says she remembers she and her mom took Natalie to a Los Angeles hotel to meet Douglas – and Natalie emerged disheveled and distraught. It wasn’t until they were both adults that her sister told her. The book, “Little Sister,” also covers Natalie Wood’s death in the waters off Catalina Island. Lana blames Robert Wagner, Natalie’s then-husband. The drowning was first ruled an accident – but Wagner is now considered a “person of interest” in the case.
JILL SCOTT GEARING UP FOR MORE MUSIC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – We haven’t heard much music from Jill Scott lately. But that’s about to change. She says she knows people think she’s given up on music, but she hasn’t. She says she did back off some because she wasn’t inspired. But she is now, and says her writing pen “is hungry again” – and her appetite for music “is savage.” In the meantime, you can catch her in a movie remake of the old TV show “Highway To Heaven,” in which she stars as the angel. It premieres tomorrow on Lifetime.
MUSICIANS TO APPEAR ON “SESAME STREET”
NEW YORK (AP) – Some top musicians will be visiting “Sesame Street.” Among those due on the classic kids’ TV show are Kacy Musgraves, Anderson .Paak, Billie Eilish and Jon Batiste. The HBO Max sub-channel Cartoonito will start airing the new season of “Sesame Street” Nov. 11. The shows will stream on PBS Kids next fall.
SAND BECOMES REPEAT INDUCTEE INTO TOY HALL OF FAME
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – When you think of toys, do you think of sand? You should, say the people who run the National Toy Hall of Fame. They say sand is the world’s oldest and most universal toy – and deserves props because it creates “opportunities for tactical, physical, cooperative, creative, and independent free play,” whether wet or dry. Also inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame this year are the board game Risk – and the American Girl line of dolls.