IS CHANGING GENDER FROM FEMALE TO MALE:
Cher is about to get a new son.
Chastity Bono, the celebrity offspring of the singer and late husband Sonny Bono, is changing gender from female to male, her publicist told the Daily News on Thursday.
The 40-year-old, known to family and friends as Chaz, came out as a lesbian nearly two decades ago.
Bono intends to make the transition from woman to man, publicist Howard Bragman said.
"Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity," Bragman said.
posted by anne - Thu Jun 11 2009, 1:57 AM PD
GAY GROUPS GROWING CONCERN OVER 'BRUNO':
***Divorce will never have looked better on a woman than it will tonight at Mr. Chow in TriBeCa in NYC, where novelist and screenwriter Gigi Levangie Grazer is celebrating the release of her fourth book, "Queen Takes King."
The statuesque redhead, whose divorce from "Da Vinci Code" producer Brian Grazer was finalized in May, netting her $13 million, will also have a party on Satur day at the Southampton home of Rita Schrager, ex-wife of hotelier Ian Schrager.
***Mica Ertegun found herself temporarily cashless at the party at Elaine's in NYC for the publication of "Hound Dog:
The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography," and had to borrow $60 from Elaine Kaufman to buy two copies of the book by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, composers of such hits as "Jailhouse Rock" and "On Broadway."
The widow of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun -- who worked with the songwriters going back to the '50s -- paid Elaine back when her driver returned.
Other guests included Kenny Vance of "Jay and the Americans," movie director Stanley Donen ("Singin' in the Rain"), producer Ken Waissman ("Grease"), Anne Slater, author Bruce Jay Friedman and Leslie Uggams, who recorded Lieber and Stoller's "Is That All There Is" before Peggy Lee made it a No. 1 hit.
***Guy Lalibert is furious about the new biography we reported on last month in which the Cirque du Soleil creator is portrayed as a bed-hopping scoundrel.
Yesterday, he sent a letter to Transit Publishing demanding all copies of Ian Halperin's "Guy Lalibert: The Fabulous Story of the Creator of the Cirque du Soleil" be yanked from stores in the next 24 hours or he'll sue.
But a defiant Halperin told us, "We intend to fight this vigorously and take this as a gross infringement on freedom of the press.
Everything in my book is true and can easily be proven.
If he continues to ha rass me . . . I will launch a slander suit."
***Bookstore sales fell 2.6% in April, to $969 million, according to preliminary estimates released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Bookstore sales have fallen every month this year and the April decline was slightly higher than the 1.4% drop reported in March.
Through the first four months of 2009, bookstore sales declined 3.8%, to $5.21 billion.
For the entire retail segment, sales were down 4.0% in April and 9.9% for the four-month period.
LBN-DID YOU KNOW:
***People that use mobile phones are 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer in areas of the brain that are adjacent to the ear they use to talk on the mobile phone.
***Over 90% of diseases are cause or complicated by stress. ***Over 436,000 U.S. Troops were exposed to depleted uranium during the first Gulf war.
"I would trust a citizen journalist as much as I would trust a citizen surgeon."-----Morley Safer, 60 Minutes.