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January 21, 2002

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Estefans get restraining order

Miami Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., were granted a temporary restraining order against an actor and aspiring singer who has accused Emilio Estefan of making sexual advances and threatening him.

Judge Deborah White-Labora granted the order Friday for the singer and her music mogul husband against Juan Carlos Diaz, who has requested a similar order against Emilio Estefan.

Diaz, who appeared in the 2000 film "Escape from Cuba," accuses Emilio Estefan and Estefan's bodyguard of threatening him. Diaz also alleges that Estefan touched him inappropriately while they worked out at a gym, and asked him for sexual favors over two years.

The Estefans have described Diaz as an unwanted trespasser who has harassed them at their home and the gym.

James Earl by any other name ...

Lauderhill, Fla. James Earl Jones brushed off a mistake by an engraver who erred while inscribing a plaque meant to honor the actor during a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute.

The plaque was engraved: "Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive." Ray was the man convicted of assassinating King in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968.

Jones said the company made a common mistake and he's been introduced as James Earl Ray before.

'Spiderman' star says role timely

Los Angeles Tobey Maguire, leaping into action films this summer with "Spider-Man," says its the right time for a superhero film set in New York, a city of real-life heroes.

"I think people will be ready this summer to watch a good guy in New York who has fun and goes around and beats up the bad guys." he said.

Maguire, who has starred in "Cider House Rules" and "Wonder Boys," said Spider-Man's conflict with the Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe, blurs the line between good and evil.

Carol Burnett's daughter dies

Los Angeles Actress, writer and musician Carrie Hamilton, daughter of actress Carol Burnett, died Sunday of cancer. She was 38.

Hamilton, whose father was the late producer Joe Hamilton, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Burnett's publicist, Deborah Kelman.

Hamilton appeared in the television series "Fame" and had guest roles on other shows, including "Murder She Wrote," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "thirtysomething." She also starred in television movies, and played Maureen in the first national touring version of the musical "Rent."

Hamilton spoke publicly in the '80s about her struggles with addiction and her decision to go drug-free.

She and her mother collaborated on a stage version of Burnett's best-selling memoir "One More Time." The resulting play, "Hollywood Arms," will have its world premiere in April in Chicago.

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