Lansbury gets royal honor
Honor, She Got.
Hollywood star Angela Lansbury, best known as the clue-collecting supersleuth in the television series “Murder, She Wrote,” has been made a Dame of the British Empire.
The 88-year-old actress was one of more than 1,000 people who were recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List. For the first time since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917, most of them were women.
Actress Penelope Keith, known to Brits as the snobbish Margot Leadbetter in the 1970s sitcom “The Good Life,” was also made a dame.
The twice-yearly royal honors reward hundreds of people for services to their community or national life.
Host apologizes to Romneys
An MSNBC host is apologizing to Mitt Romney’s family after she and guests on her show joked about a Christmas picture that showed the 2012 Republican presidential candidate’s adopted, African-American grandson.
Melissa Harris-Perry said Tuesday her intention was to celebrate diversity, but the segment took an unexpected and offensive turn. The photo shows infant Kieran Romney with his grandparents and their 21 other grandchildren, all of them white.
One guest on her Sunday show, actress Pia Glenn, sang “one of these things just isn’t the same.”
Comedian Dean Obeidallah, said it “sums up the diversity of the Republican party.”
Prince heads to Cambridge
Prince William is going back to school.
The new papa is entering a 10-week program at Cambridge University in early January, Kensington Palace announced this week.
The bespoke program in agricultural management was organized by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership at the university.
“The course has been designed to help provide the Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom,” according to the palace.
William, the Duke of Cambridge, 31, will attend a series of seminars, lectures and meetings that will “draw on the strengths of academics across the university,” the palace said.
William graduated from St. Andrews University, where he started dating now-wife Kate Middleton, with whom he welcomed first child Prince George in July.
Robertsons discuss dad
“Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson went on Fox News to talk about their embattled patriarch, Phil Robertson, in an interview during the network’s New Year’s special Tuesday night.
It was the first TV appearance by the A&E show’s stars since Phil Robertson was suspended because of inflammatory comments he made about blacks and gays in an interview with GQ. His ban from the show was lifted late last week.
Willie, the chief executive of the family’s duck call business Duck Commander, is Phil’s son and Korie is Willie’s wife.