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Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:00 am

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Griffin gets award, gives Spade nod

Associated Press

Kathy Griffin paid tribute Tuesday night to Kate Spade by dressing head-to-toe in the late designer's apparel to accept an honor for her activism and fundraising for LGBTQ causes.

Griffin did not personally know the designer, but gave a brief tribute to Spade while accepting the Rainbow Key award from the city of West Hollywood, California. Spade was found dead in New York earlier Tuesday in what authorities said was an apparent suicide.

West Hollywood leaders recognized Griffin for raising more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS services and other LGBTQ activism. The award is part of an annual ceremony commending individuals who have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ community.

Griffin is in the midst of a comeback following controversy and personal and professional setbacks after she posed for a photo holding a fake dismembered Donald Trump head in May 2017.

Cassidy documentary

David Cassidy says he was still drinking in the last years of his life and he did not have dementia.

People magazine reported Wednesday the former teen idol called producers of an A&E documentary after he fell ill and told them he had liver disease. In the recorded conversation, Cassidy said there was no sign of dementia and it was “complete alcohol poisoning.”

The former “Partridge Family” star says he had lied by telling friends and family he had stopped drinking.

Cassidy died of organ failure in November at age 67.

A&E will air “David Cassidy: the Last Session” on Monday.

The Boss at Tonys

The Boss will be among the headliners at the Tony Awards telecast Sunday.

Producers of the show said Wednesday that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Radio City Music Hall in addition to receiving a special Tony for his ongoing show “Springsteen on Broadway.”

Springsteen will be among a list of stars presenting or performing at the show, including Robert De Niro, Kerry Washington, Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patti LuPone, Katharine McPhee, Tina Fey, Billy Joel, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O'Hara, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells.

The co-hosts are Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. The three-hour show on CBS starts at 8 p.m.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Tom Jones is 78. Actor Liam Neeson is 66. Singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is 65. Actor William Forsythe is 63. Record producer L.A. Reid is 62. Guitarist Dave Navarro is 51. Actor Karl Urban is 46. TV personality Bear Grylls is 44. Comedian Bill Hader is 40. Actress Anna Torv is 39. Actor Michael Cera is 30. Rapper Iggy Azalea is 28. Rapper Fetty Wap is 27.