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Quick Takes: Debbie Reynolds to auction costume collection

May 27, 2011

Iconic movie costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe will go up for sale in June from a collection belonging to actress Debbie Reynolds, auction house Profiles in History said Thursday.

Monroe's subway dress from "The Seven Year Itch," Judy Garland's blue cotton dress and ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" and Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" bowler hat are among the 3,500 items up for auction in Beverly Hills on June 18.

Barbra Streisand's sleeveless gold velvet, jeweled gown from "Hello, Dolly!" will also be up for sale, as will Audrey Hepburn's Ascot dress from "My Fair Lady" and Julie Andrews' costumes from "The Sound of Music."

The collection will be on view to the public at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in early June before the auction on June 18.

Reynolds, 79, who starred in such films as "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," has been collecting film memorabilia for more than 50 years.

Her dream was to house the collection in a planned museum, but the most recent attempt fell through. Now Reynolds has decided to sell her collection rather try to find another partner.

"I'm heartbroken," she said. "I don't want to see the collection broken up. It should stay intact. It's a real shame but that's the way it's going to be."

—Reuters

Lowry painting sets artist record

An auction record for British painter Laurence Stephen Lowry was set on Thursday when his "The Football Match" from 1949 fetched $9.2 million at Christie's in London.

The previous record for the artist best known for his industrial landscapes and tiny dark human figures was $7.4 million set at Christie's in 2007 for "Good Friday, Daisy Nook," dated 1946.

"The Football Match" combines an industrial setting of rooftops, billowing chimney stacks, spires and houses with incidental scenes of domestic life.

—Reuters

'Spider-Man' CD due June 14

Despite an unharmonious start that turned the "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway into a late-night talk show joke, a cast album will go on sale June 14.

The 14-song album "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," written by U2's Bono and the Edge, will be produced by Steve Lillywhite and will be released by Interscope Records.

The songs will feature Reeve Carney in the role of Peter Parker, Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane, T.V. Carpio as Arachne and Patrick Page as the Green Goblin. They'll be backed by a 20-member orchestra.

The show recently restarted after a three-week hiatus following the firing of Julie Taymor as director and with rejiggered music and a smoothed-out script. It officially opens on June 14.

—Associated Press

Oprah farewell scores in ratings

Oprah Winfrey rode out in a blaze of glory.

The hugely publicized finale of Winfrey's syndicated talk show Wednesday drew her best ratings in 17 years — a huge 13.3 household rating in the nation's top TV markets, according to early figures that the Nielsen Co. released Thursday.

And that doesn't include St. Louis, which preempted the finale to air coverage of storms that have devastated the area.

The last time Winfrey's ratings reached that height was back in 1994, during the heyday of daytime talk programs, for an episode titled "People Shed Their Disguises."

National figures for Winfrey's farewell, including total-viewer figures, will not be available for two weeks.

—Scott Collins

Ed Schultz suspended

MSNBC's Ed Schultz is off the air for more than a week after using a vulgar term to describe a fellow talk-show host.

On his radio show this week, the liberal commentator referred to conservative host Laura Ingraham as a "right-wing slut." He was apparently upset over her criticism of President Obama's overseas trip.

Schultz apologized on MSNBC Wednesday, saying the remark was wrong and uncalled for.

MSNBC said the network and Schultz mutually agreed on a suspension that will take him off the air until June 6.

—Associated Press

Five-book deal for Sandra Lee

Food Network star Sandra Lee has a full plate of publishing projects.

Hyperion and the Disney Interactive Media Group said that Lee has agreed to a five-book deal, including two cookbooks, an entertaining/lifestyle book and two food-themed novels, recipes included.

—Associated Press

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