Hayek targets tetanus
Hollywood mom Salma Hayek is lending her star power to a UNICEF campaign to eradicate tetanus in mothers and babies around the world within four years.
Hayek, a paid spokeswoman for Pampers' tetanus vaccine program, recounted her experiences from a recent trip to the West African nation of Sierra Leone, where she met with tetanus victims.
“One of the things that was very moving about the trip was to see 15-year-old girls, really young, taking responsibility for their lives and their children before they're born by saying, ‘I am going to be healthy, I am going to take this vaccination,'” she told journalists Thursday at the United Nations.
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“I had no idea how much this was going to really personally move me,” Hayek said.
The Pampers-UNICEF partnership has provided over 50 million vaccines to mothers and babies in developing countries, where tetanus kills up to 140,000 infants and 30,000 women each year, according to the U.N. agency. Pampers, owned by Procter & Gamble, said it would give UNICEF the money for one tetanus vaccine for every pack of specially marked diapers it sells before the end of the year. It expects that to produce 70million more vaccinations.
NBC to air O'Donnell special
The long-rumored collaboration between NBC and Rosie O'Donnell is about to become a reality.
The network has a deal with the former “View” host to host a live, one-hour special called “Rosie's Variety Show.” It's set to air Wednesday, Nov. 26 – the night before Thanksgiving – and if it does well, it could become a regular series.
An exact format hasn't been worked out yet, but it will likely include a couple of comedy sketches, celebrity guests and musical performances. Viewers in the studio audience and at home will have a chance to win prizes..
Bernhard's Palin line boomerangs
Comedian Sandra Bernhard says the decision by a women's shelter to cut her act from its annual benefit was based on a misleading account of what she said about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin last month.
Bernhard made the remarks – in which she referred to Palin getting “gang-raped” – during her one-woman show in Washington before Palin visited New York to campaign.
Rosie's Place, a Boston shelter, announced Wednesday that Bernhard would not take part in its Oct. 16 luncheon, “Funny Women … Serious Business.”
Many women at the shelter have been victims of violence, said public relations director Leemarie Mosca.
“In light of our mission, we don't think violence against women is a laughing matter,” she said.
In a statement Wednesday, Bernhard said the decision by Rosie's Place was based on a misleading account of what she said, and her words were taken out of context.
She said the comment was part of a larger piece from her one-woman show about “women, racism, freedom and the extreme views of Gov. Sarah Palin.”
Author Gore Vidal, 83. Rock 'n' roll star Chubby Checker, 67. Magician Roy Horn, 64. Rock musician Tommy Lee, 46. Actor Clive Owen, 44. Singer Gwen Stefani, 39. Pop singer Kevin Richardson, 37. Rock singer G. Love, 36. Actress Neve Campbell, 35. Singer India.Arie, 33. Rapper Talib Kweli, 33. Actor Seann William Scott, 32. Actress Shannyn Sossamon, 30. Actor Erik Von Detten, 26. Actress-singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, 24.
This day in history Oct. 3
1995: The jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial found the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (However, Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial.)