Parkinson’s silences Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.
The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine, in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note.”
Ronstadt says she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago, but attributed her inability to sing then to a tick disease. When her hands began to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was the result of a shoulder operation.
She said she was “completely shocked” when she finally saw a neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records starting in the 1970s.
In addition, the singer was known for her romances with California Gov. Jerry Brown and filmmaker George Lucas.
Obama girls take Manhattan
Michelle Obama and her daughters caught Broadway’s “The Trip to Bountiful” after spending part of the day watching tennis at the U.S. Open.
The first lady and her girls slipped into their seats at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre just as the first act was starting Saturday night and received a huge ovation when they took their seats for the second act.
The trio went backstage after the show and met the crew and cast, including Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.
‘Butler’ No. 1 for second week
NEW YORK (AP) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” served up a second helping at the box office, topping the weekend with $17 million according to studio estimates Sunday.
Daniels’ historical drama about a long-serving White House butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, opened last weekend with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included.
1. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” $17 million.
2. “We’re the Millers,” $13.5 million ($8.3 million international).
3. “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” $9.3 million.
4. “The World’s End” $8.9 million.
5. “Planes,” $8.6 million ($5.9 million).
6. “Elysium,” $7.1 million ($20 million).
7. “You’re Next,” $7.1 million.
8. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” $5.2 million ($18.4 million).
9. “Blue Jasmine,” $4.3 million.
10. “Kick-Ass 2,” $4.3 million ($7.3 million international).
A baby girl for the Baldwins
Actor Alec Baldwin and his wife have given birth to a baby girl in New York.
Hilaria Baldwin tweeted that the family is overjoyed.
The former “30 Rock” star already is the father of a 17-year-old daughter, Ireland, from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.
Hilaria Baldwin is a correspondent for the TV show “Extra.” The couple wed last June after a three-month engagement.