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Winokur can't stop beat: She'll be back in 'Hairspray'

Marissa Jaret Winokur will return to Hairspray on Dec. 9 for the final four weeks of its Broadway run at the Neil Simon Theatre. She will join Harvey Fierstein, her original co-star, in the long-running musical that opened in August 2002. He came back to the show this month.

Winokur won a Tony Award for her performance as Tracy Turnblad, the full-figured teen who yearns to dance on a TV show in 1960s Baltimore. She recently appeared on the top-rated television reality series Dancing with the Stars.

Hairspray is based on the movie by Baltimore's John Waters.

Books win honors

Judges for the National Book Awards honored a comeback, giving the fiction award last night to Peter Matthiessen's The Shadow Country, a revision of a trilogy of novels from the 1990s. The 81-year-old author last won a National Book Award 30 years ago.

Other winners were Annette Gordon-Reed in nonfiction, for The Hemingses of Monticello; Mark Doty's Fire to Fire in poetry; and former genre writer-for-hire Judy Blundell in young people's literature, for What I Saw and How I Lied.

Each of the winners received $10,000.

'Sexiest man alive'

Hugh Jackman says his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, teased him after finding out he'd been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

Recalling Furness' reaction, Jackman says: "She said, 'I could've told them that years ago!' And then she said, 'Obviously Brad [Pitt] wasn't available this year.' And I said, 'That was a joke, right?' "

The magazine's executive editor, Jess Cagle, said yesterday on NBC's Today show that Jackman had been on the editors' minds "for a long time and it seemed like this was the year to do him."

Call girl 'sorry'

The prostitute at the center of the scandal that brought down former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has apologized to his wife.

Ashley Alexandra Dupre, 23, tells People magazine that the FBI informed her in early March that it was investigating one of her clients. Days later, she found out which client when she recognized Spitzer on TV - resigning. That was March 12, after revelations that Spitzer had used Emperors Club VIP, where Dupre worked.

She says she was stricken by the pained expression on Silda Wall Spitzer's face. "I try not to revisit that place too often, but when I think about his speech, I think of her face, her eyes, the hurt," Dupre said.

Her message to Silda Wall Spitzer: "I'm sorry for your pain."

Dupre also sat down with Diane Sawyer for an ABC 20/20 segment to be aired tomorrow.

Hope gets a stamp

The post office is telling Bob Hope: "Thanks for the memories."

The beloved entertainer will be honored on a U.S. postage stamp next spring.

The stamp design will be unveiled Monday at a ceremony on New York's Ellis Island, the entry spot for thousands of immigrants like Hope.

Born in England as Leslie Townes Hope, the comedian was a youngster when his parents moved to the United States. He eventually became one of the nation's most beloved entertainers and was known for his trademark song "Thanks For The Memories."

Though never a member of the armed forces, Hope dedicated much of his time traveling the globe to entertain men and women in uniform, from World War II through Operation Desert Storm.

Hope died in 2003 and becomes the first person to benefit from a change allowing individuals to be honored on a stamp five, not 10, years after death.


Comedian Dick Smothers, 70.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden, 66.

Singer Joe Walsh, 61.

Actress Bo Derek, 52.

Rapper Mike D, 43.

Country singer Dierks Bentley, 33.

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