Walters, Jones to reuinte
Apparently enough water has flowed under the bridge for Barbara Walters and Star Jones to reunite for a day.
"The View" announced Wednesday that Jones will appear on the daytime talk show Feb. 22 to promote an awareness campaign about heart disease among women.
Walters and Jones had a falling-out in 2006 when Jones, one of the five original co-hosts of the daytime chat show, exited "The View." ABC decided not to renew her contract, and Jones took Walters by surprise by announcing June 27 that she would be leaving the show.
That exit came more quickly than expected. Walters wouldn't allow her back the next day.
Walters later said that Jones had compelled her co-hosts to lie for her by not revealing that Jones had undergone gastric bypass surgery while on "The View." Jones took her own shots, criticizing Walters for writing an autobiography that revealed details of an affair.
The women later had something serious in common. Both underwent open-heart surgery to repair faulty heart valves within two months of each other in 2010.
Jones is coming back to discuss her involvement in the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" public information campaign. Women are asked to wear red Feb. 3 to support heart patients.
Brooks wins $1 million suit
An Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women's health center in honor of Garth Brooks' late mother must pay the country singer $1 million, a jury has ruled.
Jurors on Tuesday ruled the hospital must return Brooks' $500,000 donation plus pay him $500,000 in punitive damages. The decision came in Brooks' breach-of-contract lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon. Brooks said he thought he'd reached a deal with the hospital's president, James Moore, but sued after learning the hospital wanted to use the money for other projects. Juror Beverly Lacy said she voted for Brooks because she thought the hospital went back on its word. As far as the punitive damages, she said: "We wanted to show them not to do that anymore to anyone else."
Leibovitz back in focus
Photographer Annie Leibovitz says she has come back from some dark days and revived her creativity with a new photography project now on view in the Smithsonian American Art Museum that is a departure from her popular celebrity portraits.
Two years ago, she faced huge debt and a mismanaged fortune that nearly cost her legal rights to some of the most memorable images she created.
Tuesday, she led a tour through the photos she says renewed her inspiration. The images in "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage" include depictions of landscapes and people, but no faces. Instead, Leibovitz photographed historic objects and scenes, including the homes of "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott, essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, entertainer Elvis Presley and others.
The show is on view through May 20.
-- From News and wire services