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Robin Roberts thanks girlfriend


Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published Sunday on the ABC News anchor’s Facebook page.

The message, which follows Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the “Good Morning America” anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area.

‘King’ of Broadway

Broadway’s highest-grossing show in 2013 wasn’t a new strutting musical or a bawdy one or even one with a big star. The crown goes to a regal but gray performer – “The Lion King,” now in its 16th year.

And another veteran turned heads when “Wicked” recorded Broadway’s highest single-week gross ever.

End-of-year-data from the Broadway League released Monday shows that the old-timers are going just fine. The 10-year-old “Wicked” earned a staggering $3.2 million over nine performances for the week ending Sunday. It’s the first time a show has ever crossed the $3 million mark in a single week.

Another pro, “The Lion King,” ruled all other shows during the entire calendar year, ending with nearly $97 million.

Stars in Vegas

Sin City is set to ring in 2014 with big-name concerts, celebrity-hosted parties and an eight-minute rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation’s largest.

Pop star Bruno Mars is christening the Cosmopolitan’s new Chelsea Ballroom, John Legend is performing at Aria, and Maroon 5 is playing at Mandalay Bay.

Other casinos are touting pricey nightclub bashes hosted by reality-TV and music celebrities, including the original celebutante, Paris Hilton.

‘Hobbit’ still on top

The top five movies and domestic earnings from the weekend box office:

1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” $29 million

2. “Frozen,” $28.6 million

3. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” $19.7 million

4. “American Hustle,” $18.7 million

5. “The Wolf of Wall Street,” $18.4 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Anthony Hopkins is 76. Actress Sarah Miles is 72. Guitarist Andy Summers of The Police is 71. Actor Ben Kingsley is 70. Actor Tim Matheson is 66. Actor James Remar is 60. Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 55. Actor Val Kilmer is 54. Singer-actor Joe McIntyre is 41. Singer Psy is 36.