NAMES & FACES
Names and Faces: Brittany Murphy, Prince William, Nicolas Cage, Gene Simmons
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Mourning in private
Actress Brittany Murphy, who died Dec. 20 after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home, was interred Christmas Eve at a private family service, the Associated Press reports.
"A bright light that lit the world is forever dimmed, but will live on in the hearts of those that Brittany touched," said the family in a statement. She was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
During the service, her husband, Simon Monjack, spoke of their relationship and called Murphy his best friend and soulmate.
Still unknown is the cause of Murphy's death. An autopsy performed Monday was inconclusive. The coroner's office is awaiting results from toxicology and tissue tests.
A public ceremony may be held next month.
A prince in the trenches
Prince William certainly has the Christmas spirit. Last week he served food at Centrepoint, a youth homeless shelter in Britain. He served traditional English breakfast fare: eggs, sausages, baked beans and fried tomatoes.
"I get a lot out of an event like this, spending quality time with Centrepoint people. For some people, Christmas is a very difficult time and Centrepoint offers sterling support. I am very proud to be here and to be Centrepoint's patron and inspired by some of the stories I've heard today," Prince William said.
The day before, the prince roughed it on London's streets. With a personal secretary and the shelter's chief executive in tow, the prince spent a chilly night on a secluded street. He wore jeans, sneakers, a sweater and a knit cap.
"I cannot, after one night, even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep . . . on London's streets night after night," the prince later said.
An actor in demand
Actor Nicolas Cage got an unwanted gift for Christmas: a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, People magazine reports. A real estate company alleges Cage did not repay $5 million in loans. The agency, Red Curb Investments, also accuses Cage of duping it by not disclosing his full financial state, which includes $6.3 million in tax debt.