Veteran TV newsman Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer, NBC News said Tuesday.
The Mayo Clinic discovered in the summer that Brokaw has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC News said. His doctors are optimistic about his treatment and encouraged by his progress since the August diagnosis, the network division said.
In a statement released by NBC, Brokaw said he remains, in his words, the luckiest guy I know.
Gaga at castle
Tourists are giving way to dancers as a production crew takes over Hearst Castle on the California coast, where Lady Gaga is shooting a big-budget music video.
Shoots at the state historical site are extremely rare. Gaga is donating $250,000 to the Hearst Castle foundation in addition to underwriting a $25,000 water supply study and paying special fees.
She will also make a water conservation public service announcement and a short feature on the castle built by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
Sting musical due
Singer-songwriter Sting’s new musical The Last Ship has found a nice berth on Broadway.
Producers said Wednesday that the show – inspired by Sting’s memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England – will start performances Sept. 30 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night will be Oct. 26.
Sting last year released a CD titled The Last Ship with some songs that may make it onstage.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Kim Novak is 81. Actor George Segal is 80. Singer-bassist-actor Peter Tork is 72. Actress Carol Lynley is 72. Actress Stockard Channing is 70. Talk-show host Jerry Springer is 70. Singer Peter Gabriel is 64. Actor David Naughton is 63. Actor Matt Salinger is 54. Singer Henry Rollins is 53. Actor Neal McDonough is 48. Actress Kelly Hu is 46. Actress Mena Suvari is 35.