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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:00 am


Actress OK after fire in apartment

Associated Press

Joan Collins has thanked firefighters for their quick response after a blaze erupted in her London apartment.

The 85-year-old actress shared video images of a charred wall on social media after the weekend fire. She also tweeted thanks to the “marvelous” firefighters who tackled the “terrifying” blaze.

The London Fire Brigade said Monday that the blaze in the ritzy Belgravia neighborhood was caused by sunlight reflecting off a shaving mirror and setting fire to a bathroom blind. It said such fires were a particular risk at this time of year.

The brigade said Collins was both checked at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.

Re-opening act

Jay-Z will help re-open the newly renovated Webster Hall concert venue in New York City with a performance next week.

Tickets for the April 26 show go on sale Friday. It will be Jay-Z's first time performing at the venue located in Manhattan's East Village.

Webster Hall has operated as a venue since 1886.

Name game

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have kept plans about their impending baby under wraps, but that hasn't stopped everyone in Britain from trying to guess the gender and name of their first child.

If Britain's bookmakers are to be believed, it's definitely a girl – and Diana may well be one of her many names. The William Hill agency closed the betting on the baby's gender a few days ago after an “avalanche” of bets poured in from people convinced the royal couple is having a girl.

Diana is tops the bookmakers' list as a front-running name – William Hill has put the odds at 4/1. Victoria, Alice, Grace and Elizabeth are close behind, while Albert, Arthur and James are popular guesses for a boy.

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Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Bobby Vinton is 84. Actress Ellen Barkin is 65. Actor Michael Gill is 59. Singer-bassist Jason Scheff is 57. Singer Jimmy Osmond is 56. Singer David Pirner is 55. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence is 54. Actor Jon Cryer is 54. Actor Peter Billingsley is 48. Actor Lukas Haas is 43. Actress Kelli O'Hara is 43.