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A HALF-CENTURY OF 'AMERICAN BANDSTAND'

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- It's been nearly a half-century since the TV show "American Bandstand" got audiences dancing in their living rooms. Now, host Dick Clark, the man known as America's oldest teen-ager, will relive those memorable years.

In the spring, ABC will mark the 50th anniversary of "American Bandstand" with a two-hour prime-time special. Clark, 71, will show classic moments from the shows as well as new performances by music superstars spanning five decades.

"Time marches on, doesn't it?" Clark said.

Things have changed since the days when baby-boomer entertainers pointed to Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry or the Beach Boys as major influences on their careers, he told Associated Press. The new generation looks back a mere decade for those influences.

"What's shocking to me is people now say they were influenced by Madonna," he said.

WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, Pa., began broadcasting "American Bandstand" in 1952. Clark came aboard as regular host in 1956, and brought it to a national audience in 1957.

The show, which eventually moved to Los Angeles, ended its long run in 1989.

And speaking of Madonna ....

Liz Rosenberg has stood by Madonna's side for almost 20 years -- through the stormy years with Sean Penn, the Warren Beatty fling, the Sex book, two weddings, one divorce, two kids and endless scandal.

Now Rosenberg, 56, senior vice president at Warner Bros. Records, has parted professional company with the star, reports USA Today. She told columnist Liz Smith that the recent attack at the World Trade Center forced her to reassess her priorities.

"I decided I wasn't in a position to sustain the emotional commitment necessary to stand between Madonna and the media," said Rosenberg, who still represents Cher, Stevie Nicks and other Warner Bros. artists. "Now I get to breathe and think how I can do something wonderful for this world!"

Rosenberg says she told Madonna, 43, her decision Sept. 21. "She was very sweet about it, very grateful for our long history through unbelievably trying times. I will certainly always be there for her if she needs me. But I want to feel more productive."

Madonna, she says, "doesn't want to open up her world, her heart, her feelings to the media as she was once more than happy to do. I just did not want to spend time fending off press people that Madonna didn't want to talk to anyway."

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Jolie helps Afghan refugees

Angelina Jolie is living up to her new title. The "Tomb Raider" star has donated $1 million to the U.N. refugee agency to help Afghan refugees.

Jolie, recently named goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, has given the money as part of the agency's appeal for $268 million to meet the humanitarian needs in and around Afghanistan.

"This significant contribution from a concerned young American reinforces my belief that, despite the trauma of recent events in her country, a strong sense of humanitarian responsibility toward innocent civilians suffering in far-off places continues to animate the spirit of caring individuals everywhere," High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said in a statement.

Jolie, 26, went to Pakistan in August to visit some of the more than 3.5 million Afghans living in camps there and in Iran.

With the threat of U.S. retaliation attacks following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, refugee officials are preparing for the arrival of up to 1.5 million more people.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers

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