Steenburgen patronizes arts
LOS ANGELES — Mary Steenburgen is becoming an active supporter of the fine arts.
The Oscar-winning actress will be presenting a painting exhibition Feb. 21 at a Beverly Hills art gallery.
The exhibition will feature the works of Los Angeles-based portrait artist America Martin, who went to high school with Steenburgen’s 21-year-old daughter, Lily McDowell.
“I can’t really compare her to another artist,” Steenburgen told The Associated Press. “She’s very on the edge in terms of her exploration. ... It’s kind of amazing that someone so young would see inside people the way she does.”
Queen Mother on recovery bed
LONDON — The Queen Mother Elizabeth is “progressing” in her recovery from a bug she caught over Christmas, her daughter Queen Elizabeth II said Sunday.
The 101-year-old royal matriarch has been absent from public engagements since late November.
The queen told well-wishers at the royal family’s Sandringham estate in eastern England that the queen mother was getting better.
Rockette high-kicks Radio City
NEW YORK — A former Rockette wants to give Radio City officials a high, hard kick where it really hurts — in the wallet.
Pamela Everett says in a $2.5 million lawsuit against Radio City Entertainment that her former employer is illegally using her photographs for commercial purposes.
The dancer says her likeness has appeared on dolls, postcards, pens, pencils, McDonald’s placemats, Federal Express ads, Nynex calling cards, disposable cameras, New York City subway maps and milk containers.
Court papers filed last week say Radio City has given some of Everett’s photos virtual makeovers by changing her teeth, eyes, nose, hair and eyebrows, by placing her head on another body and by giving her body non-matching hands.
“Radio City has made such use of Everett’s likeness without her consent and without compensation to her,” court papers say.
Susan Arons, a spokeswoman for the music hall, said she had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment on it. But she said Radio City owns the photos it takes of Rockettes while they work for the company.