Grapevine: Dolly Parton donated 100 millionth book

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Dolly Parton donated her children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” to the Library of Congress.

Dolly Parton donated 100 millionth book

In addition to her songwriting, performing and acting, American treasure Dolly Parton also is known for her philanthropy. This week she and her nonprofit organization Imagination Library donated its 100 millionth book. Parton celebrated by reading her children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” at the Library of Congress, to which she donated the book. She said on “Good Morning America” that she felt her parents’ presence at the event. “My daddy couldn’t read and write and that always troubled him and bothered him, so I wanted to do something special for him,” she said. “So I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the ‘Book Lady.’ ” Imagination Library has donated millions of books since it was founded in 1995.

Dr. Phil’s sister-in-law died years after acid attack

Cindi Broaddus, sister-in-law of talk show host Phil McGraw, has died at age 68. Broaddus, the sister of Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, was known for surviving an acid attack in 2001. She was randomly targeted by someone who threw sulfuric acid off an overpass; it left her with chemical burns on her face, throat and arms. She had appeared on “Dr. Phil” to talk about the attack and also wrote a book. She died Feb. 19 and her funeral was on her birthday, Feb. 23.

Serena Williams’ husband honors her with billboards

In a extremely public “grand gesture,” Serena Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, surprised the tennis champ with four billboards of their newborn daughter Alexis Olympia. Together the billboards say “Great Momma of All Time. Serena Williams G.M.O.A.T.” Williams took to Instagram to say thank you. “I’m so fortunate to have @alexisohanian and @olympiaohanian by my side for my comeback. I love my surprise so much from them. I feel so special. Love you both.” Williams and Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit, were married in 2017.

‘The Voice’ finalist arrested in Gaylord

Michigan guitarist and singer Laith Al-Saadi was arrested for narcotics possession after he was stopped by Michigan State Police in Gaylord in February for an expired license plate. According to the Gaylord Herald Times, cops found 12 grams of marijuana along with hydrocodone, morphine sulphate and fentanyl inside a backpack in the car. His lawyer Michael Kormon told the Gaylord Herald Times that the blues/rock musician is under a doctor’s care for treatment of server and chronic pain. “We appreciate the outpouring of concern from his fans and want to ensure the public that this is a medical issue that Laith is addressing with his physicians. We hope the public respects his privacy and his family’s privacy in this regard, any other issues we will address in court,” he said.

Ed Asner to perform in Canton

Iconic actor Ed Asner will bring his one-man show “Ed Asner: A Man and His Prostate” to the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton at 7:30 p.m. March 10. Known for his roles in the movie “Up” and on the long-running sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Asner will recite the true story of screenwriter and TV producer Ed Weinberger’s Italian vacation that takes an unexpected turn. Tickets — $27, $22 for seniors and $37 for post-show meet-and-greet with Asner — can be purchased at or by calling (734) 394-5300. They also can be bought at the box office one hour before the show.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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