Lunden has breast cancer
Former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer.
She disclosed her diagnosis on Tuesday’s edition of the ABC morning show, which she co-anchored from 1980 through 1997. She spoke with “GMA” host Robin Roberts, who has also been treated for breast cancer recently, as has “GMA” co-host Amy Robach.
Lunden said her treatment will include surgery and radiation. She said she’s already started chemotherapy.
She said that after the initial shock of the diagnosis, she resolved to learn everything she can about the illness and go into what she called “warrior mode.” The 63-year-old Lunden said she expects to make a full recovery.
Museum focuses on Beatles
The upstate New York museum at the site of the original Woodstock concert is focusing on the Beatles this summer.
The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County says it is joining with the National Council for the Social Studies to present a series of workshops that will focus on the Beatles and the band’s impact.
The Beatles did not play at the Woodstock concert at Bethel in 1969, but the Museum at Bethel Woods focuses broadly on 1960s culture. The museum is marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first trip to the United States.
Dylan draft fetches $2 million
A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript.
A working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand went to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s. The selling price, $2.045 million, included a buyer’s premium. The manuscript is “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem,” Sotheby’s said.
The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Dylan was 24 when he recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who becomes a loner when she’s cast from upper-class social circles.
Queen visits ‘Thrones’
For Queen Elizabeth II, one throne is enough.
The United Kingdom’s 88-year-old monarch toured the Belfast sets of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” and met many of its stars Tuesday beside the show’s sword-covered seat of power, the Iron Throne.
Unlike many visitors to Belfast’s Titanic Studios, the monarch declined to try out a throne legendarily forged from a thousand blades for the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Instead, she received a miniature model as a gift.
“Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss escorted the monarch through the show’s armory, costume design and storage, and sprawling sets used to shoot the program’s interior scenes and perilous ice-cliff ascents – all part of the biggest TV production ever mounted in Europe.