Louis-Dreyfus diagnosed with breast cancer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The star of “Veep” and “Seinfeld” posted word of her illness Thursday on social media. A spokeswoman for Louis-Dreyfus confirmed the posts were authentic.
On her Twitter account, the actress wrote that one in eight women get breast cancer.
“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality,” she tweeted.
Louis-Dreyfus’ publicist said no further details about her condition would be provided at this time, adding that the actress “is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes.”
The actress won her sixth Emmy Award this month for “Veep.”
Hepburn mementoes bring $6.2M at auction
LONDON (AP) — Fans of Hollywood glamour have snapped up mementoes from the collection of the late Audrey Hepburn at a London auction.
The star’s personal shooting script for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sold for 632,750 pounds ($846,619) at Christie’s on Wednesday — seven times its pre-sale estimate and one of many lots that smashed expectations.
A Tiffany bangle that was a gift to Hepburn from director Steven Spielberg — inscribed “you are my ‘inspiration’” — sold for 332,750 pounds.
Hepburn’s wardrobe proved a big draw, with a bidder paying 68,750 pounds for a Burberry trench coat. A black satin Givenchy cocktail gown worn during the 1963 film “Charade” sold for 68,750 pounds.
A satin sleep mask which had been expected to fetch up to 150 pounds sold for 6,250 pounds.
Christie’s said Thursday that the sale fetched a total of 4.6 million pounds ($6.2 million), seven times the pre-sale estimate.
The chic star of “Roman Holiday,” ”My Fair Lady” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” died in 1993 aged 63.
Hepburn’s sons are selling about 500 items through live and online sales at Christie’s. The online sale runs to Oct. 4.
Painter says hearing loss helps his art
PARIS (AP) — Renowned British painter David Hockney says his hearing loss has helped sharpen his sense of space and perspective.
Speaking Tuesday at a retrospective of his work at Paris’ Pompidou Center, Hockney said: “If you lose one sense, you gain other senses, and I feel I could see space clearer. I put it down to the hearing loss. … I can’t tell what sound is coming from where.”
Ever curious and innovative, the 80-year-old artist said he’s currently working on reverse perspective paintings.
Hockney donated a huge work to the Pompidou Center, “The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire,” that’s part of the traveling retrospective opening in Paris this week.
Hockney’s depictions of sun-dappled Los Angeles swimming pools and wooded Yorkshire hills are among the best-known images in contemporary art.
Batman comics feature Maine scenery
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Holy hometown, Batman!
A highly anticipated Batman comic book series will have some locations that might look familiar to Maine residents. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland City Hall, Old Port’s cobblestone streets and various red brick buildings will be a part of Gotham in DC Comics’ “Batman: White Knight.”
The artist and writer is Sean Murphy, who recently moved to Portland. He says he was inspired by the city feeling like a “perfect foggy New England town.”
Murphy says the series centers on a seemingly reformed Joker who runs for City Council and uses his media campaign to blame Batman for the city’s crime.
DC representatives say the series is one of the top three best-selling comic books for October.
The first issue goes on sale Oct. 4.