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Cattrall honored by hometown in England

Kim Cattrall has swapped sleek Manhattan for gray Liverpool to accept an honorary fellowship from a university in her English hometown.

The "Sex and the City" star was named a fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in northwest England on Monday in recognition of her contribution to the arts.

The 53-year-old actress was born in the English port city but was raised largely in Canada.

She told hundreds of graduating students packed into Liverpool's Anglican cathedral that the honor was "a dream come true."

Wearing academic cap and gown, Cattrall told the audience that she was proud of her Liverpool roots, and said "whoever said 'you can't go home again' didn't come from Liverpool."

Walters 'fully recovered'

Barbara Walters says she is "fully recovered" just two months after open heart surgery.

Walters made her first TV appearance Monday since the procedure in May to replace a faulty valve. She checked in with her fellow panelists on ABC's "The View."

Walters said from her Manhattan apartment that she was never in serious discomfort from the surgery. In the studio, her co-hosts marveled at her robust appearance.

Joy Behar said, "You look fine."

The 80-year-old Walters will take the rest of the summer off. She says she will rejoin her comrades when "The View" begins its new season in September.

Santana proposes onstage

Carlos Santana is smooth: The guitar god has gotten engaged after proposing onstage to his girlfriend, drummer Cindy Blackman .

The proposal came during a tour stop Friday in Tinley Park, Ill., outside Chicago. His representatives say he popped the question four songs into the concert after a Blackman drum solo.

She said yes, and they sealed it with a kiss, which was met with cheers from the crowd.

The multiplatinum-selling Grammy winner ended a 34-year marriage to Deborah Santana in 2007.

Blackman is a top drummer who has worked with the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Cassandra Wilson.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart , 70... actor Harrison Ford , 68... singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), 68 ... actor-comedian Cheech Marin , 64... singer Louise Mandrell , 56 ... actor-director Cameron Crowe , 53... bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent , 48 ... rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay), 32.

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