Sir Paul McCartney had an emergency appointment with a hairdresser to dye his tresses after disastrously attempting to colour his own locks with a shop-bought formula. The Beatles legend purchased an off-the-shelf hair colouring kit from U.S. chemist Duane Reade during his marriage to Heather Mills, but he made a mess of dyeing his locks in the bathroom of his home in New York's The Hamptons.
The result was so disastrous that Mills panicked and called in experts from the Guy Thomas Salon in Manhattan to repair his hair and spare the couple's blushes.
Boss Guy Thomas tells the New York Daily News, "She called the salon in a very agitated way. People were making fun of the colour. He was colouring his hair on his own using a box colour from Duane Reade."
Thomas' team began making regular trips out to McCartney's beachside home in The Hamptons to keep his tresses a nice tone, and they even developed a unique formula to match his colouring, but Thomas alleges McCartney was frequently unhappy with the hairdresser's bill.
The stylist's daughter Janelle Mercadante, who also worked on McCartney's hair, adds, "He never wanted to pay the money. There was always talk and complaints that the bill was so high. He would stop having us go to him to do the colour because it cost more money."
Oprah Winfrey and actor James Earl Jones will lead a prayer service on Sunday at New York's Yankee Stadium to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The two-hour service, called "A Prayer for America," will start at 3 p.m. According to Reuters, singer/actress Bette Midler will sing "Wind Beneath My Wings," while country singer Lee Greenwood will perform "God Bless America." Tenor Placido Domingo, the Harlem Boys and Girls Choir and the Amor Artis Choir and Orchestra will also perform at the service.
Master violinist Isaac Stern died Saturday of heart failure in a New York hospital, The Associated Press reports. Known as one of the greatest string players of his generation, Stern, 81, was president of Carnegie Hall for more than forty years, and worked to improve productions and programs.
Paul McCartney is planning a concert to benefit New York City firefighters following the attacks on the World Trade Center. The former Beatle is now scouting venues for the concert, Reuters reports. McCartney said in a statement, "I also have a connection there, because my father was a fireman in Liverpool during World War II."
Millions of dollars worth of art by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Joan Miro and Roy Lichtenstein was damaged or destroyed by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, AP reports. It is not yet known whether the works, reportedly worth about $10 million, are salvageable. Glimpses of Lichtenstein's 30-foot sculpture "Modern Head" have been seen on TV news clips covered with dust and debris.
The 39th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's revered New York Film Festival kicks off Friday. The festival opens with Jacques Rivette's Va Savoir! and closes on Oct. 14 with Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love. The festival will also feature work form Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, Japanese director Shohei Imamura and Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. According to filmlinc.com, most films will screen in the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theater and the Avery Fisher Hall.
Miss Oregon Katie Harman was crowned Miss America 2002 Saturday in Atlantic City, AP reports. Harman, 21, was the first Oregon participant ever to win the pageant. A speech communications major at Portland State University, Harman promised to do what she can to help the nation recover from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event was hosted by Tony Danza, who appealed to viewers for donations to the September 11th Fund, a charity set up in wake of the attack.
Yasmine Bleeth, who was arrested last Wednesday after police found syringes and cocaine inside the rental car she crashed into a highway median in Romulus, Mich., was reportedly on a 36-hour cocaine binge, according to PageSix.com. Bleeth was with boyfriend Paul Cerrito at the time, whom she met in the Malibu rehabilitation center, Promises. Vicki Cerrito, Paul's mother, runs a strip club in Warren, Mich., called Jon-Jon's.