Bassey to make first appearance at Oscars
This year’s Academy Awards just got another touch of gold, and not from the Oscar statuettes.
Dame Shirley Bassey, the voice behind the iconic theme songs for the James Bond films “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker,” will make her first appearance at the awards this month, the show’s producers announced Friday.
Bassey will perform and undoubtedly will add some fire to the Academy’s planned tribute to 007. The franchise is celebrating 50 years on the big screen, and Bassey’s scorching themes are among some of the most well known.
While Bassey never scored an Oscar for her Bond themes, “Skyfall,” the Adele-sung theme song for last year’s Bond film, is the front-runner for original song.
The Oscars will air Feb. 24 on ABC.
Rocker Patti Smith gets Hepburn medal
Rock musician and writer Patti Smith was honored by Bryn Mawr College with a medal named after the late actress Katharine Hepburn.
She received the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal Thursday night in a ceremony at the women’s liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia.
Smith is recognized as a rock ’n’ roll trailblazer whose work as a musician, writer, performer and visual artist influenced multiple generations. Her 1975 debut album, “Horses,” is considered one of rock’s greatest albums, and she received the 2010 National Book Award for non-fiction for her memoir, “Just Kids.”
The medal is named after Hepburn, a Bryn Mawr alumna.
Oscar winner mulls career at activist
Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino says she could see giving up acting for her other passion, human rights advocacy.
While saying she loves acting, she described her efforts to stop human trafficking as “my calling.”
That, she said, is so important that “in a decade or so, I wouldn’t mind just switching to a career in humanitarian causes.”
Sorvino, 45, spoke Friday after being extended as the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking.
She won an Oscar as a prostitute with a golden heart in Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite.” She has had meaningful roles in over 50 films and TV productions in a two-decade career.