Actor James Marsden says the resources afforded him as a drama student while attending high school in Oklahoma City far exceeded the experiences of his peers in Hollywood.
Marsden spoke of the importance of strong arts programs in public schools as he was inducted into the Putnam City Schools Foundation's 2010 Wall of Fame Tuesday. The 36-year-old attended Putnam City North High School in west Oklahoma City.
Marsden, whose films include "X-Men," "27 Dresses" and "Death at a Funeral," says most of his peers didn't have a stage to perform on, "much less a 1,600-seat performing arts center."
He says his experiences in school productions of "Juvie" and "Good News" helped set the course for his career and gave him the self-confidence to believe he could achieve whatever he wanted.
Springsteen honored at Ellis Island
Everyone knows he was born in the U.S.A., but Bruce Springsteen's European heritage is also being celebrated.
The rocker, accompanied by his mother and aunts, received an Ellis Island Family Heritage Award in New York on Thursday.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc. presents the award to immigrants or their descendants "who have made a major contribution to the American experience."
Also honored were investment banker Peter G. Peterson; Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung, and NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo.
Springsteen's relatives came through Ellis Island from Italy in 1900.
Locklear cited for hit and run
Heather Locklear has a court date next month on misdemeanor hit-and-run charges after an early morning crash knocked down a street sign.
Ventura County, Calif., Sheriff's Capt. Eric Dowd says Locklear was cited and released Saturday after a resident reported hearing a crash around 4 a.m.
Blair Berk, an attorney for the 48-year-old actress, confirmed Locklear was cited as the car's registered owner but said "it is not yet clear who was driving the vehicle."
The matter will be heard May 17 at Simi Valley Court.
Locklear was arrested in 2008 for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving in January 2009.
Up in smoke
Pop star Kelly Clarkson's concert in Indonesia will no longer be sponsored by a cigarette company, the promoter said Thursday following protests from fans and anti-tobacco groups.
"American Idol" winner Clarkson had previously said that while she was surprised to learn that billboards announcing her April 29 concert in Jakarta were branded with the logo of the cigarette L.A. Lights, the show would go on with the sponsorship.
"I refuse to cancel on my fans," she wrote on her blog. She added that she does not smoke and does not advocate it.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black , 82... actor David Birney , 71... actor Lee Majors , 71... actress Blair Brown , 62... actress Joyce DeWitt , 61... filmmaker-author Michael Moore , 56... actress Valerie Bertinelli , 50... actor George Lopez , 49 ... actress actor Kal Penn , 33 ... actor Dev Patel , 20.