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January 25, 2002

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Spears spurned by royal heir

London Britney Spears says Prince William stood her up after she arranged a rendezvous with him by e-mail.

Spears revealed the snub to British comic Frank Skinner during a TV show, recorded last week while she was in Britain to promote her latest single "Overprotected."

Details of the interview appeared in British newspapers Thursday. "The Frank Skinner Show" featuring Spears is scheduled to air on Britain's ITV Saturday.

The 20-year-old singer said she and the 19-year-old prince had been exchanging e-mails, but she denied rumors of a cyber romance.

Spears told Skinner: "We exchanged e-mails for a little bit and he was supposed to come and see me somewhere but it didn't work out."

"You were blown out by Prince William?" Skinner asked, to which Spears replied: "Yeah." She said she had no idea why the prince changed his mind about meeting.

Star settles wrongful death suit

Los Angeles Actress Rebecca Gayheart, whose car struck and killed a 9-year-old boy last year, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit from the boy's parents.

Details of the out-of-court settlement were not disclosed Wednesday. The boy's parents had sought medical, hospital, funeral and other expenses, including loss of future earnings.

Jorge Cruz and Silvia Martinez sued the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" actress in August, two months after she hit and killed their son, Jorge Cruz Jr., with her Jeep.

Cruz was hit June 13 in Hollywood and died the next day from severe head injuries.

Police said several cars had stopped to allow the boy to cross a street when Gayheart's Jeep entered a left-turn lane to pass slowing cars and struck him. Witnesses estimated the SUV was moving at more than 40 mph.

In November, the 29-year-old actress pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. She was sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to produce a safe-driving video.

Gayheart's film credits include "Scream 2," "Urban Legend," "Jawbreaker" and "Shadow Hours."

Poitier in line for honorary Oscar

Beverly Hills, Calif. Sidney Poitier, who won an Oscar for his role in the 1963 film "Lilies of the Field," will receive an honorary Academy Award at this year's ceremony.

The honor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors recognizes Poitier "for his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen" and for representing the industry with "dignity, style and intelligence."

The award will be presented March 24.

The 74-year-old actor's career includes an Oscar nomination for 1958's "The Defiant Ones," and distinctive roles in "Blackboard Jungle," "A Raisin in the Sun," "To Sir, With Love," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night."

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