British comedy stars including Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson turned out to remember funnyman Rik Mayall as he was laid to rest on Thursday (19Jun14). Around 140 mourners gathered at St George's Church in the village of Dittisham in Devon, England for the funeral of the beloved performer, who died aged 56 on 9 June (14).
Among the congregation were French and Saunders, who landed their big break alongside Mayall in 1980s TV sketch series The Comic Strip Presents..., and comedienne Ruby Wax.
Nigel Palmer, who starred in U.K. sitcom The Young Ones with the late actor, was also in attendance, while Mayall's longtime comedy partner and friend Edmondson was among the pallbearers who carried the wicker coffin adorned with red flowers into the church.
Before the funeral, Mayall's widow Barbara Robbins thanked fans for their support, saying, "We would like to let you, the fans, know that we will be having a private family funeral for Rik, as I am sure you will understand.
"Thank you again for all your love and support to all our family, it brings great strength."
A public memorial service for Mayall is scheduled for September (14).
Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, singer Pixie Lott, and funnywoman Ruby Wax were among guests at a party in London to raise money for Goldie Hawn's charity. The Private Benjamin star is the founder and chairman of the Hawn Foundation, an educational charity with plans to roll out new teaching techniques to U.K. schools.
Her fundraising party at Annabel's nightclub in the capital on Tuesday night (04Mar14) was also attended by former model Heather Kerzner, actress Claire Forlani, and Bananarama singers Karen Woodward and Sarah Dallin.
Lott performed at the event and later wrote on her Instagram.com page, "Goldie Hawn has a heart of gold so pleased lots of money was raised for the Hawn Foundation last night."
Comedienne Ruby Wax has won her battle against a planned building project near her London home. The U.S.-born star, who lives in the British capital, joined her neighbours in upmarket Notting Hill to fight proposals from another resident to extend the basement of his property.
The building works went before local planning chiefs this week (ends19Apr13) but after reviewing the details, they refused official permission for the extension.
Officials ruled the new work is "inappropriate" and would not be a high enough quality for the surrounding area.
Third time's the charm for singer/songwriter Annie Lennox, 57. She walked down the aisle with her beau, Dr. Mitch Besser, also 57, the founder of Mothers2Mothers, an organization committed to reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa, on Saturday. Lennox confirmed the good news by posting photos of her "wedding flowers" on her official Facebook page and Twitter account.
According to MailOnline, the ceremony was an intimate affair for 150 guests on a boat on the River Thames in London, England. Celebrity guests included actor Colin Firth and comedian Ruby Wax. Lennox's two daughters, Lola, 22, and Tali, 19, acted as bridesmaids for their mom.
MailOnline reports that Lennox wore "a distinctive, white, floor-length gown with a lace bolero shrug and a 1920s style headpiece." Besser, meanwhile, looked sharp in a gray suit and pastel tie.
This is Lennox's third marriage. She first wed German Hare Krishna devotee Radha Raman in 1984, and then Israeli record producer Uri Fruchtmann in 1988. Fruchtmann is the father of Lennox's two daughters.
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The stars hosted a Great British tea party at the the Hay Festival in Wales, and are calling for people across the U.K. to donate more than half a million books to sell at Oxfam's shops before 21 June (12) to raise funds for the organisation's fight against global poverty.
Fry says, "It's really important to look at your bookshelves and find some books that you think you can live without to donate to Oxfam. Books are a wonderful gift because you're giving something that is brim-full of ideas and stories while also supporting the valuable work that Oxfam is doing around the world. Apart from anything else you'll clear your shelves for more books!"
The velvet green gown donned by Vivien Leigh in 1939 epic Gone With The Wind will be the star piece in the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum in the British capital.
The gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz is being loaned to the show by a private collector and will be displayed alongside a pair of ruby slippers the actress wore as Dorothy in the 1939 musical.
Organisers are also including outfits from more recent films, including a cloak worn by Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Christopher Reeve's Superman get-up.
Co-curator Sir Christopher Frayling says, "There has long been a tendency not to consider movies a proper art form. Also previous exhibitions from years ago about movie costumes made them look like static wax works."
The exhibition, set to open in autumn (12), will also feature movie clips and interviews with stars including Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.
Officials at British charity Comic Relief organised the TwitRelief event to coincide with their annual fundraiser earlier this month (Mar11).
Celebrity users of the microblogging website were urged to offer lots for the sale, and dozens joined in, including Allen, who offered the chance to spend a day with her at a sporting event, and Wax, who promised to take the highest bidder along to her next Botox session.
The auction closed on Sunday (20Mar11) and Comic Relief bosses announced on Monday (21Mar11) that the TwitRelief event had raised a total of $457,600 (£286,000).
The funnywoman is among a number of stars who are putting bizarre gifts up for sale on eBay.com in aid of U.K. charity Comic Relief.
Wax's auction, which had attracted bids up to $150 (£100) by Thursday (10Mar10), will give the winner the chance to attend a clinic and be present while she undergoes the face-freezing injections.
Other stars taking part in the sale include Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant, who is offering his own keyboard, and Hot Fuzz actor Nick Frost, who will give the winning bidder a signed poster and a personal phone call.
In a separate eBay sale, other stars including Nicole Richie, Rosario Dawson, Bret Michaels and Lenny Kravitz are offering to link up with fans on microblogging website Twitter.com in aid of anti-poverty charity CARE USA.
They have agreed to 'follow' the highest bidders for a minimum of 90 days, and some will even mention the auction winners in a 'Tweet'.
The U.S. comedienne planned to play the shows at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire, England later this month (Dec10) as part of the facility's festive entertainment.
The gigs hit headlines in the U.K. earlier this week (begs29Nov10) when it emerged patients due to attend included notorious "Angel of Death" Beverley Allitt, a former nurse who murdered four children and injured nine others while working on a hospital ward in 1991.
Wax, who suffers from bipolar disorder and is a high-profile campaigner on mental health issues, has now cancelled the shows due to "personal reasons", according to British newspaper The Sun.
The former Baywatch star was due to begin a two-week stint as the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin at London's New Wimbledon Theatre this month (Dec09).
But Anderson, who hasn't yet started rehearsing for the traditional festive shows, will miss two scheduled performances, reports Sky News.
The actress was due to take over the role from Ruby Wax on 15 December (09), but the comedienne will reportedly carry on the role until Anderson is able to take up the part.