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News, Aug. 5: Edie Falco Beats Cancer, Pam Anderson Writes a Book, Brandy Gets Married for Second Time, More...

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Aug 05, 2004 | 9:26am EDT

Sopranos's Falco beats breast cancer

Edie Falco, best known as the tough-as-nails Carmela Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos, has successfully completed treatment for breast cancer and has gotten a clean bill of health, Falco's spokesperson told The Associated Press. The 41-year-old Emmy-winning actress, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, apparently continued to work on the hit HBO show while undergoing treatment, but the spokesperson wouldn't comment on whether she had surgery or chemotherapy, AP reports. Falco will soon begin rehearsals for Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'night, Mother, also starring Brenda Blethyn, which will open on Broadway in November.

Pam Anderson a novelist

With a little help, that is. Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has written a novel Star with the help of a ghostwriter. "The first meeting we knew it was magic," Anderson told AP about her not-so-invisible ghostwriter Eric Shaw Quinn. Anderson and Quinn were introduced by Anderson's publisher after she decided not to write an autobiography. The book is a semi-fictionalized version of Anderson's life filled with steamy sex scenes, based on the actress' real-life relationships with celebrities Scott Baio and Kid Rock.

Brandy engaged for second time

After defending reports that she and record producer Robert Smith, the father of her 2-year-old daughter, Sy'rai, were never married, Brandy is now engaged to pro basketball player Quentin Richardson, who just signed a deal with the Phoenix Suns. In an interview with Us Weekly, AP reports the 25-year-old pop singer said, "This time, I want so badly for my marriage to work out. If it doesn't, I don't ever want to date again. I'll be a nun, raise my daughter and make albums." Smith had said their supposed marriage was a ruse to protect the image of Brandy, who was then pregnant, but Brandy declared that she and Smith had secretly wed in 2001; "The truth is that we didn't have a traditional marriage," Brandy told Us Weekly. "We had an understanding--I dedicated my life to him and he dedicated himself to me. No, we didn't have a minister officiate, but in our hearts, we lived as a married couple." Smith and Brandy broke up in early July of last year and Smith has filed for custody of their daughter.

Will Smith gives impromptu free concert

At the London premiere of his new sci-fi flick I, Robot, Will Smith delighted fans with an outdoor concert, AP reports. Accompanied by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Smith performed for about 3,000 people Wednesday outside the Odeon theater in London's Leicester Square. The set included hits "Summertime" and "Men in Black," and Smith's latest single, "Switch." "When you have these kind of events everybody can't get in. I wanted to give the people who came to support me a little treat out here," the 35-year-old actor-rapper said.

Hepburn's home is sold

Katharine Hepburn's waterfront home in Old Saybrook, Conn., has been sold to a neighbor who plans to renovate the property, Hepburn's real estate agent told AP. Frank Sciame, a New York City-based architect signed a contract to buy the home, but the real estate agent would not disclosed the sale amount. The 8,000-square-foot brick house, which sits on 3.3 acres and overlooks Long Island Sound, has nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms and five fireplaces. Hepburn died June 29, 2003. She was 96.

Legendary French photographer dies

Dubbed "the eye of the century," French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the great photographers of the 20th century and a founder of the Magnum picture agency, died in the south of France, Reuters reports. He was 95.

Spanish-language reality show

A Spanish-language reality TV show is offering contestants the services of immigration lawyers for one year to guide them towards a permanent residency in the U.S., the AP reports. Gana la Verde (Win the Green), a Fear Factor-type show that challenges contestants to do things like swallow down live tequila worms and jump between two speeding 18-wheelers, began airing daily last month in Los Angeles, also airs in San Diego, Houston and Dallas stations. The show's winner receives a year's worth of help from attorneys to expedite the residency process-without the guarantee of a green card. Many of the contestants on the show, which has consistently reached an average of 1 million Hispanic households and last week was No. 2 among 18-to-49-year-old Hispanic viewers, have student or work visas or have applied to become residents.

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