Names & Faces: Savannah Guthrie, Arianna Huffington, Tyra Banks, Amy Winehouse

Savannah Guthrie: She's No. 3!
Savannah Guthrie: She's No. 3! (Heidi Gutman - © Nbc Universal)
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tyra Banks will zip it

Supermodel-turned-talker Tyra Banks is ending her Emmy-winning daytime television show in the spring.

Banks, 36, said in a posting on her official Web site that the current fifth season of "The Tyra Banks Show" on the CW network would be its last.

"I have been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years," Banks wrote. "My next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are."

She will soon launch a New York-based film production company and also will host the 15th season of "America's Next Top Model" reality show contest on CW in February.

Banks has used her talk show to promote women's issues, particularly body image. In August she posed with women in underwear in New York's Union Square to promote the show's campaign of "rocking what you've got." In September she took out her weave and started appearing with her natural hair.

The syndicated "Tyra Banks Show" won a second daytime Emmy award in August for best informative talk show.

Guthrie is one to watch

In a list dominated by actors and musicians, MSNBC reporter Savannah Guthrie has landed the No. 3 spot on a Los Angeles Times list of 19 entertainment personalities to watch in 2010. (Ellen DeGeneres got the top spot; actress Jurnee Smollett was No. 2.)

Five years ago, Guthrie left a budding legal career to pursue reporting. She became a trial reporter for Court TV before NBC News scooped her as a legal analyst. Within a year she was covering the White House for the network.

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams thinks highly of her. "She has the spunk of Mary Tyler Moore and the toughness of Lou Grant. I'm selfishly glad she chose journalism over law," he told the Times.

Orszag, Golodryga to wed

Obama budget director Peter Orszag got the "great news!" after popping the question Monday to ABC News correspondent Bianna Golodryga. The couple, who reportedly met at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner last May, got engaged at New York's Sarabeth's restaurant.

Orszag, who's a decade older than Golodryga, 31, soon e-mailed "Great news!" to about 50 friends and colleagues.


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