Grapevine: Madonna speaks out; Bobbi Kristina Brown suffers seizures
A setback for Bobbi Kristina
The vigil at Bobbi Kristina Brown's bedside in Atlanta continues as, according to CNN and People, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown suffered seizures when doctors tried to take her off the drugs that put her into a medically induced coma (she was put back on the drugs). Brown, 21, was found face down in a bathtub in her home in suburban Roswell, Georgia, on Jan. 31 and has been hospitalized ever since. Her father's family has been at odds with her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, who protests that he hasn't been allowed to visit her at the hospital. Bobby Brown countered that he wants Gordon to first answer questions about what happened to his daughter.
That onstage tumble at last week's "Brit" Awards in London didn't slow Michigan's own Madonna down. The 56-year-old was on France's Europe-1 radio station days later deploring the rise of right-wing groups, such as the National Front Party in France and Europe. "France was once a country that accepted people of color, and was a place artists escaped to, whether it was JosephineBaker or Charlie Parker ... it was a country that encouraged freedom in every way ... now that's completely gone," she said.
The memoir Drew Barrymore is writing for Dutton will consist of a number of essays about her life. Despite her earlier memoir ("Little Girl Lost"), there's a lot still to tell, from her fabled acting dynasty (her grandfather was acting icon John Barrymore), to the addiction issues and strained relationships with her absentee parents. According to People, Barrymore, 40, will write about how she was living on her own in Hollywood at age 14 after she came to fame in Steven Spielberg's 1982 film "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," was smoking pot at 10, and had done cocaine by the age of 12. Barrymore is now settled happily into marriage (to Will Kopelman) and motherhood (she has a 10-month-old daughter Frankie and a 2-year-old daughter Olive).
Gary Glitter jailed
Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter, whose mostly-instrumental glitter-era anthem "Rock and Roll Part 2" was played in sports arenas worldwide, has been jailed in his native Britain for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was found guilty of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of having sex with a girl under 13, according to the BBC. The punishment is only now being meted out for the crimes after London's Metropolitan Police launched an investigation of celebrities who had used their fame to gain access to children in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. Glitter/Gadd, 70, was scolded by the judge that he showed no evidence of remorse, and that his victims had been profoundly affected by the incidents. The former star did time earlier in the decade for a similar offense in Vietnam.
Help for Hurtt
Detroit-based writer/musician Michael Hurtt is battling lymphoma, and friends set up a page on the fundraising site Giveforward.com to help him with medical and living expenses. Hurtt came to Detroit from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and received a Kresge fellowship in 2012 to write a book about Fortune Records. He's making progress in his treatment, friends say, but hasn't been able to work and could use some help.
Compiled by Susan Whitall
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