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Through thick and thin

Serena Williams says altering her diet in support of big sister Venus hasn't been much of a hardship.

Serena said she's cut down on eating chicken and fish and is eating more raw foods like Venus, who adopted the change to help her body cope with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain. But while the new diet has been a big change for Venus, it's not been that big a deal for Serena, she says.

"I've always been a better eater than her, even though I'm a lot, lot thicker," she said, laughing during a recent phone interview. Serena said since she lives with Venus, she is mindful to eat foods that won't tempt her.


The beat goes on

Poor health hasn't robbed Gregg Allman of his sense of humor.

Just as it seemed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member was finally over the effects of his liver transplant two years ago, he's been forced to delay his upcoming book tour to promote his new memoir, "My Cross to Bear," for heart tests.

But in a phone interview Thursday afternoon he seemed in good spirits as he described his latest health problem.

"It's just one of those make-sure tests, you know," Allman said. "My heart goes into A Fib (atrial fibrillation) and does those beats -- you know, instead of going du-dun, du-dun, du-dun, it goes ta-da-dat-ta-da-doot-doot. There's a little reggae in there somewhere."

Allman was scheduled to undergo tests Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.


Excited to be an orphan

Broadway's newest Annie is an 11-year-old from Los Angeles with long, black curly hair who is already a Broadway veteran.

Lilla Crawford was unveiled Friday as the girl slated to play the title role in a fall revival of the Tony Award-winning musical "Annie."

"I'm not nervous, but I am definitely so excited to start the whole process," Crawford said in an interview. "It's going to be so fun."

Crawford has performed in more than a dozen shows with the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in her native Los Angeles, and made her Broadway debut in 2011 playing Debbie in the closing cast of "Billy Elliot." She beat out over 5,000 other little girls to play Annie during a coast-to-coast search.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Actress Celeste Holm is 95. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 55.

Monday: Singer Willie Nelson is 79. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 30.

Tuesday: Judy Collins is 73. Country singer Tim McGraw is 45.

Wednesday: Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 76. Actress Christine Baranski is 60.

Thursday: Folk singer Pete Seeger is 93. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 66.

Friday: Country singer Randy Travis is 53. Rock musician Mike Dirnt is 40.

Next Saturday: Actress Pat Carroll is 85. Soul singer Adele is 24.

-- From News and wire services