Music superstar Lady Gaga will share a peace prize in memory of John Lennon to honor her work campaigning for equality for gay, lesbian and transgender people.
The American singer has been chosen with four others, including Russian punk band Pussy Riot and the late writer Christopher Hitchens, to receive the biennial LennonOno Grant For Peace.
Gaga is expected to accept the award and a donation from Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Oct. 9, the birthday of John Lennon and his son, Sean.
Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her late friend, author Nora Ephron.
The announcement was timed to Thursday’s unveiling of the nonprofit’s $40 million face-lift to its 158-year-old headquarters in New York City’s Astor Place.
Streep has performed for the Public for decades, starting in 1975 and including “Henry V” in 1976. This summer she played Juliet opposite Kevin Kline as Romeo in a benefit reading of “Romeo and Juliet” in Central Park.
Ephron, who died in June, directed Streep in her portrayal of chef Julia Child in 2009’s “Julie & Julia.” And Streep played a version of Ephron herself in 1986’s “Heartburn.”
“Meryl is as great a citizen as she is an actor,” said Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the theater. “Joe Papp founded The Public in the belief that great theater belonged to all the people. It means an enormous amount to us that the greatest actor of our time supports that mission.”
It’ll be springtime for Mel Brooks when the American Film Institute presents him with its highest honor, the Life Achievement Award.
The writer and director of comedy classics including “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “History of the World: Part I” will receive the award at a gala tribute next June, AFI announced Friday.
Brooks, 86, is the 41st recipient of the honor, which has gone to Hollywood legends including Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylorand Morgan Freeman. .
“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion is tying the knot.
ABC News said Champion and his boyfriend, Rubem Robierb, are engaged to be married later this year.
Champion tweeted on Friday that he has “never been happier” to share a bit of personal news.
ABC said Champion and Robierb met through mutual friends in Miami, where Robierb lives.
Champion joined ABC News in 2006. Before that, he spent 18 years at New York City television station WABC. Robierb was born in Brazil. He is a fine-arts photographer who shows his work in Miami, Atlanta, New York and Santa Monica.