Frenchman Paul Bocuse, credited as the father of "nouvelle cuisine" and the first of the celebrity chefs, was named Wednesday "chef of the century" by the leading U.S. cooking school.
The Culinary Institute of America named Bocuse the top chef of the 20th century, citing the 85-year-old's legendary career in which he transformed both food on plates and the lives of the people who cooked.Full Story
Britain's Royal Mail is to release a special set of stamps celebrating Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton, the national postal service said Tuesday.
The stamps feature the two official engagement pictures taken of the couple by celebrity photographer Mario Testino at St James's Palace, one a formal and the other a more relaxed portrait.Full Story
Lawyers for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi want to call Hollywood star George Clooney and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo to testify in his upcoming sex trial, one of his team told Agence France Presse.
Both are on a list of 78 people, including two serving ministers in Berlusconi's government, his legal team wants to call as witnesses.Full Story
Before becoming a bride eight times over, Elizabeth Taylor was a 17-year-old starlet scribbling letters to her first fiance, charting on pale pink stationery his progression from her one-and-only to the one who got away.
"I've never known this kind of love before — it's so perfect and complete — and mature," Taylor wrote to William Pawley on May 6, 1949. "I've never loved anyone in my life before one third as much as I love you — and I never will (well, as far as that goes — I'll never love anyone else — period)."Full Story
Rappers Snoop Dogg, Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple strokes.
The family of Nate Dogg — whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale — decided that the ceremony at the Queen Mary Dome would not be open to the public as they previously wanted, but they made 1,000 tickets and shuttles available to fans.Full Story
Elizabeth Taylor had the last laugh on Thursday: she was buried a day after her death aged 79 -- but exactly 15 minutes behind schedule, on her strict orders.
The Hollywood legend was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn celebrity cemetery outside Los Angeles, where less than two years ago she attended the funeral of her long-time friend, pop icon Michael Jackson.Full Story
Playwright Lanford Wilson, whose "Talley's Folly" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1980, died on Thursday, his close friend Marshall Mason told Agence France Presse.
Wilson, a founding member of the Circle Repertory Company in New York in the late 1960s, died of complications from pneumonia at the Kindred Hospital in Wayne, New Jersey. He was 73.Full Story
Chris Brown trashed his dressing room at "Good Morning America" and broke a window with a chair Tuesday after co-host Robin Roberts asked him about his attack on Rihanna, according to a person familiar with the show.
The person was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Security was called, but not police.Full Story
Bryan Adams is now enshrined in concrete.
The Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and producer got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star Monday in front of the Musicians Institute.Full Story
Muddy Waters was looking for a new piano player when chain-smoking journeyman Pinetop Perkins showed off his aggressive keyboarding during a jam session.
"He liked what he heard. The rest is history," said Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, who was a drummer in Waters' band back in 1969.Full Story