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No stage fright

John Henry Earle won't remember his stage debut, but parents Steve Earle and Allison Moorer aren't likely to forget.

Moorer carried the 2-month-old baby close to her chest and strode onstage Saturday as her husband performed at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival festival in the riverside village of Croton-On-Hudson, about 35 miles north of their Manhattan home.

She added her harmonies to Earle's "City of Immigrants." The couple stood face-to-face and sang into a single microphone. Afterward, Earle brushed away a tear.

Moorer delivered the couple's first child April 5 in New York. There's a good chance John Henry Earle won't be a stranger to the stage. Besides performing parents, Steve Earle's older son, Justin Townes Earle, is a working singer-songwriter.


Quiet help for Haiti

Actress Angelina Jolie has quietly returned to Haiti for meetings with Haitian and U.N. officials.

The weekend visit by the "goodwill ambassador" for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was not announced to keep it low-profile.

U.N. officials confirmed the visit when asked by The Associated Press. They agreed to discuss the trip only if not quoted by name because they were asked not to share details of Jolie's visit.

Jolie has visited Haiti several times. In February, she met with orphans and other earthquake victims.

The actress has also visited Iraq, Thailand, Pakistan and other countries on behalf of the U.N. refugee agency.


Real, not reel

She spent a career getting close to showbiz legends -- then became one herself.

Entertainment-reporting veteran Rona Barrett is sharing that story with live-theater audiences in the one-woman show "Nothing But the Truth," which debuted this weekend at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif., and offers a look back at the work and life of one of the media's pioneering women.

Long before there was Oprah, Barrett had her own multimedia empire: newspaper and magazine columns, her own magazine, TV specials. "There was a real difference between that which we saw on the screen and that which existed inside a person," Barrett said. "I used to say, 'I have to know who the r-e-a-l is, because I know who the r-e-e-l is.' "

Barrett, 73, has been out of the showbiz-reporting game for nearly two decades ---- in 1991 moving to Santa Barbara County and forming the Rona Barrett Lavender Co., a small producer of lavender bath, beauty, food and aromatherapy products. She now works full time on the Rona Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the aid and support of senior citizens in need.

Yet she remains very proud of her Hollywood legacy.

"I would think, in my own small way, I was very responsible for opening the doors for many women to come into broadcasting," she said.


Appearing live

No words were minced in the 1993 Western film "Tombstone" when Ed Bailey tells slick gambler and gunslinger Doc Holliday -- played by actor Val Kilmer -- to scram after their poker game went sour.

Bailey tells Holliday, "I'm tired of listening to your mouth."

Some of Kilmer's real-life northern New Mexico neighbors share Bailey's sentiments. They're upset with him, saying he made disparaging comments about San Miguel County and chased away people fishing on the Pecos River at his ranch.

Now, Kilmer has been asked to appear before county commissioners to explain himself on Wednesday.

Calls and e-mails to Kilmer and his publicist have not been returned, but commission chairman David Salazar says the actor has indicated he will show up.

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