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January 27, 2002


No ordinary Oscar for Redford

Robert Redford, who won a best director Oscar for 1980's "Ordinary People," 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 will be presented to Redford on March 24, Academy President Frank Pierson said Friday.

The citation will read: "Robert Redford Actor, Director, Producer, Creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere."

Redford has appeared in dozens of films, including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Way We Were" and "The Sting." His directing credits include "A River Runs Through It" and "Quiz Show."

Sidney Poitier also will receive an honorary Academy Award at this year's ceremony.

Metallica family grows

Metallica's James Hetfield is a new dad.

Hetfield's wife, Francesca, gave birth to a daughter, named Marcella Francesca Hetfield, on Jan. 17 in San Francisco, according to Metallica's record company, Elektra.

Marcella weighed in at 8 pounds and 5 ounces. She is the couple's third child. They also have a 3 1/2-year-old daughter and a 20-month old son.

The group is working on a new album.

Seeking one for the Gipper

Former President Reagan's 91st birthday on Feb. 6 would be Ronald Reagan Day across Los Angeles County under a resolution Supervisor Michael Antonovich plans to introduce Tuesday.

"Ronald Reagan transferred his talents and energies from the motion picture industry to the arena of public service many decades ago and brought to the halls of government intelligence, dignity, toughness touched with sensitivity and a determination to make this a better world," Antonovich said.

Reagan, who lives in Bel Air with his wife, Nancy, has rarely been seen in public since announcing in 1994 that he has Alzheimer's.

Octogenarian won't skip work

Ernest Borgnine, who turned 85 on Thursday, refuses to slow down.

"He's still indefatigable. He acts about 16," Borgnine's spokesman, Harry Flynn, said of the burly actor who won an Oscar for the 1955 film "Marty."

Borgnine had a small gathering at his Beverly Hills home to mark the day "and the phone would not stop ringing" as friends and colleagues called with their regards, Flynn said.

"Don't call and say, 'Happy birthday.' Call and say you've got a job" to offer is Borgnine's attitude, Flynn said.

Borgnine's films include "McHale's Navy," "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Dirty Dozen."

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