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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 1:00 am


3rd cancer diagnosis for singer

Associated Press

Olivia Newton-John says she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades.

The four-time Grammy winner, who will turn 70 on Sept. 26, told an Australian news program that doctors found a tumor in her lower back in 2017.

Newton-John says she's “treating it naturally and doing really well.” The “Grease” star says for pain, she is taking cannabis oil, made from marijuana her husband grows in California. She has undergone radiation treatments and has cut sugar out of her diet.

She said, “I believe I will win over it.”

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, undergoing a partial mastectomy and reconstruction. She was diagnosed with breast cancer again in 2013.

'Pretty Little' bride

“Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish and longtime boyfriend Chris Long have gotten married.

The wedding took place Saturday in Hawaii, where she was born. The 29-year-old posted a photo on Instagram of the couple kissing at their rehearsal dinner. Parrish wrote she was “loving my husband so much.”

Parrish played Mona Vanderwaal on the teen drama series. Wedding guests included several members of the “Pretty Little Liars” cast and crew.

Actors overlooked

A new study says actors and characters of Middle Eastern and North African descent are either ignored by TV or stereotyped.

According to findings released Monday, the few such actors who get work are largely confined to playing tyrants and terrorists.

The study found that 1 percent of regularly seen TV-series actors have roots in countries including Egypt, Turkey and Israel.

But estimates show about 3 percent of the U.S. population, 10 million people, are from the region, said the study's lead author, Nancy Wang Yuen of Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Funded in part by several California universities, researchers examined 242 scripted broadcast, cable and streaming prime-time series during the 2015-16 season.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman is 90. Movie director Brian De Palma is 78. Actress Lola Falana is 76. Drummer Mickey Hart is 75. Actress Amy Madigan is 68. Guitarist Tommy Shaw is 65. Actor Scott Patterson is 60. Actress Anne Ramsay is 58. Actress Virginia Madsen is 57. Actress Kristy McNichol is 56. Musician Moby is 53. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 51. Actress Taraji P. Henson is 48. Rapper Ludacris is 41. Actress Ariana Richards is 39. Singer Charles Kelley is 37. Actress Elizabeth Henstridge is 31. Actor Tyler Hoechlin is 31.