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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Names and Faces: Aretha Franklin, Holland Taylor, Beyonce, Matthew McConaughey

The Reliable Source is on vacation until the new year. Names and Faces is the column that runs in its space in the Style section.

Aretha Franklin hosted her annual Christmas party for family and friends on Friday at the Detroit Athletic Club. The Queen of Soul, dressed in a teal gown with a silver sequined bodice, joined the Four Tops for “Silent Night,” the final song of their set. Franklin exchanged gifts with loved ones, as Ursula Walker, Buddy Budson, Marion Hayden and Gayelynn McKinney supplied the jazz. Other performers during a meal of filet mignon and salmon included Gwen and Charles Scales and Franklin’s son Eddie Franklin, who sang the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Some Enchanted Evening.”


Becoming Ann Richards

Holland Taylor, the 68-year-old star of “Ann,” the one-woman play at the Kennedy Center that’s based on the life of former Texas governor Ann Richards, says the idea of taking Richards’s story to the stage “came to me very suddenly.”

“I was literally driving to work at my television show one day and I had to pull off the highway onto the service road,” the “Two and a Half Men” actress said. “I had the idea it should be a play because of her liveliness and her contact with the audience.”

Taylor, a New Yorker originally from Pennsylvania whose acting career didn’t pick up until her mid-30s, added, “I had a lot of creative feelings about her. If I had been a painter, it would have been a painting. If I had been a composer, it would have been a piece of music. I had to do something with my feelings about this loss.” The actress said she will continue to work on “Two and a Half Men” during breaks in the show’s pre-Broadway run.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z, on the town

Noticeably pregnant Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z made a Christmas appearance at New York club W.I.P. (Work in Progress), People reports. The rapper enjoyed vodka drinks and joined alcohol-free Beyoncé in dancing to tunes spun by Q-Tip. “Everyone seemed to be having a blast,” a source told the magazine.

McConaughey off the market

Matthew McConaughey is an engaged man, People reports. The actor announced online over the holiday that longtime girlfriend Camila Alves, a 28-year-old Brazilian model, had accepted his marriage proposal. “Just asked camila to marry me,” he wrote in a WhoSay post with a photo of the couple kissing in front of a Christmas tree. “Merry Christmas.” The pair have two children: Levi, 3, and Vida, who turns 2 next month.

— from Web and wire reports.

By Christian Hettinger  |  08:59 AM ET, 12/27/2011

 
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