Grapevine: L.A. court approves Caitlyn’s name change

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

Bye, bye Bruce

It’s Caitlyn from here on in. Page Six reported a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court approved Caitlyn Jenner’s request Friday to register her new gender and first name. Olympic gold medalist Jenner, 65 — originally William Bruce Jenner — didn’t show up for the hearing. However, she doubtless thrilled to the news that she can now get a driver’s license, Social Security card and passport that all reflect her adjusted identity.

Kenny’s going, too

Country crooner Kenny Rogers, 77, told hosts on “Today” Friday that he’ll do a global farewell tour in 2016 and then call it quits. “It’s sadly happy,” he said of his decision according to, “but I’ve done this long enough.” He said he wants to spend more time with his wife and kids, and attend to some outstanding items on his bucket list — like doing more photography books. In 1987, Rogers published a collection of celebrity images titled “Your Friends and Mine.” This time around? He’s thinking landscapes.

Zolciak-Biermann suffers stroke

“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Kim Zolciak-Biermann revealed Friday that she suffered a transient ischemic attack, or minor stroke, shortly after deplaning in Atlanta on Wednesday following a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. The blond, 37-year-old temporarily lost the ability to speak and all sensation on the left side of her body shortly after getting home. Husband Kroy Biermann, 30, and daughter Brielle, 18, acted quickly and got her right to the hospital. On Friday, reported Zolciak-Biermann posted a selfie on Instagram with the caption, “Going in for one more procedure, things are looking up!” Despite being in a hospital bed with an oxygen tube in her nose, the dancing wonder looked surprisingly gorgeous, all things considered, and said she expected to be released soon.

Comic royalty coming to Joe Louis

Olympia Entertainment announced Friday that comedians Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will jointly headline in “The Comedy Get Down” at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at Joe Louis Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and are $49.75, $65.75 and $89.75. You can buy them through, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Saturday’s birthdays

Neels Visser, 17

Serena Williams , 34

Olivia Newton-John , 67