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January 20, 2006


Witherspoon's Globe gown a - gasp - Chanel repeat

New York - The gown Reese Witherspoon wore at Monday's Golden Globe Awards wasn't vintage - though it had been worn by another actress three years ago.

Photos published this week showed the Golden Globe winner wearing the same glittery Chanel cocktail dress that Kirsten Dunst donned for the awards in 2003.

Witherspoon, the best actress in a musical or comedy winner for "Walk the Line," was seen asking Chanel President Maureen Chiquet at an after-party why she wasn't told the gown already had a public outing, Women's Wear Daily reported.

Gretchen Fenton, publicist for Chanel, said the fashion house was "unaware" that Dunst, star of the "Spider-Man" movies, had worn the dress.

The fashion house apologized for "the oversight."

Witherspoon believed the gown - in a champagne color with metallic trim on the bust - was vintage, her publicist, Nanci Ryder, was reported as telling the New York Post in Wednesday's editions.

Pickett dies of heart attack

Reston, Va. - Wilson Pickett, the soul pioneer best known for the fiery hits "Mustang Sally" and "In The Midnight Hour," died of a heart attack Thursday, according to his management company. He was 64.

"He did his part. It was a great ride, a great trip, I loved him and I'm sure he was well-loved, and I just hope that he's given his props," said Michael Wilson Pickett, the fourth of the singer's six children.

Pickett - known as the "Wicked Pickett" - became a star with his soulful hits in the 1960s. "In the Midnight Hour" made the top 25 on the Billboard pop charts in 1965 and "Mustang Sally" did the same the following year.

In 1991 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.


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