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Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:00 am


Damages awarded to Wilson

Associated Press

A judge awarded Rebel Wilson record damages of $3.66 million on Wednesday over magazine articles the actress said cost her roles in Hollywood films.

A Supreme Court jury in Australia's Victoria state had decided in June the articles claiming she lied about her age, origins of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney were defamatory.

Justice John Dixon said a substantial award amount was required to “vindicate” Wilson after her reputation as an “actress of integrity was wrongly damaged.”

Bauer Media, publisher of the Australian magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, NW and OK, said it was considering the judgment.

The 37-year-old Wilson said on Twitter that the case “wasn't about the money.”

Picasso for sale

A late Picasso portrait of his paramour Jacqueline Roque is going up for auction for the first time, with an estimated price of up to $30 million, Christie's auction house said on Wednesday.

Christie's will offer “Femme accroupie (Jacqueline)” – Crouching Woman (Jacqueline) – at a Nov. 13 sale in New York.

Painted in October 1954, the portrait hung for years in Picasso's private collection and has rarely been seen in public.

Christie's global president, Jussi Pylkkanen, says it is “a museum-quality painting” of “one of Picasso's most elegant muses.” Roque was married to the artist from 1961 until his death in 1973.

King beats cancer

Veteran broadcaster Larry King says he battled lung cancer this summer but appears to have the disease at bay.

The former CNN host, who is 83, told Us Weekly that a spot on his lung was noticed this summer during a routine check-up. He said he had surgery in July. The tumor was malignant but King said it was found at such an early stage that his doctor told him he was lucky.

King has had health issues in the past, including a heart attack and prostate cancer. He was a smoker but gave it up after his heart attack in the 1980s.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Walter Koenig is 81. Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 73. Actor Sam Neill is 70. Singer John “Bowzer” Baumann is 70. Guitarist Ed King is 68. Saxophonist Steve Berlin is 62. Singer John Berry is 58. Actress Melissa Leo is 57. Actress Faith Ford is 53. Actress Michelle Stafford is 52. Actor Dan Cortese is 50. Singer Mark Hall is 48. Actor Tyler Perry is 48. Actor Ben Garant is 47. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley is 46. Actor Andrew Lincoln is 44. Rapper Nas is 44. Actor Austin Basis is 41. Actor Adam Lamberg is 33. Singer Alex Clare is 32. Actress Jessica Brown Findlay is 30. Actor-singer Logan Henderson is 28.