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Actress Glenne Headly dead at 62

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenne Headly, an early member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company who went on to star in films and on TV, died Thursday night, according to her agent. She was 62. No cause of death or location was immediately available.

Headly was known from her performances in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” co-starring alongside Michael Caine and Steve Martin; in “Mr. Holland’s Opus” with Richard Dreyfuss; and in Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy.” On TV, she was in the miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and had recurring roles on “ER” and “Monk.” She played the daughter of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the 2001 live telecast of the play “On Golden Pond.”

In 2015, Headly co-starred with Jason Alexander on Broadway in the Larry David comedy “Fish in the Dark.” On Friday, Alexander tweeted a remembrance of his “sweet friend” as “a beautiful light taken too soon.”

Steve Martin tweeted, “Our household mourns the sudden loss of beloved friend, actress and comic genius, Glenne Headly.”

Last summer, she was seen in HBO’s drama miniseries “The Night Of.” She had been in production for the upcoming Hulu sitcom “Future Man,” from Seth Rogen.

In 1979 Headly was recruited by Chicago’s budding Steppenwolf Theatre, joining such fellow up-and-comers as Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and John Malkovich, who would become her first husband. They divorced in 1988.

Headly is survived by husband Byron McCulloch, a musician and metal worker whom she married in 1993, and their son.

Ex-‘Hamilton’ star has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom Jr. is working on his first book, one he hopes inspires young people.

The Tony Award-winning performer has a deal with Feiwel & Friends for “Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning,” the publisher told The Associated Press on Friday. The book is scheduled for March 27, 2018. Odom plans to organize the narrative like a commencement speech as he outlines the setbacks and rejections that preceded his success.

Odom, who left “Hamilton” a year ago, played Aaron Burr in the celebrated show and won a Tony in 2016 for best lead actor in a musical. His other credits include the TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: Miami” and the album “Leslie Odom Jr.”

Feiwel is an imprint of Macmillan.

Nude models sport slogans on bodies

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of people have gathered in Times Square to tell the naked truth — or tell the truth naked.

Brooke Champlain stood nude in one of New York’s busiest areas Friday with the slogan “We’re All Just Stardust” painted around her bellybutton during Body Notes, an event organizers say was designed to uplift people.

The nude models were painted in view of gawking tourists and heavily armed police. Brushed onto their bare torsos were pithy slogans, including, “Embrace Love And Life” and “Born Naked.”

Body Notes is the brainchild of Andy Golub (GAH’-lub), producer of NYC Bodypainting Day. He says it lets people express themselves through “their words and their bodies.”

He was inspired by the “Subway Therapy” art project of sticky notes containing people’s thoughts after the presidential election.

Documenta exhibit opens in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — A building of books and a curtain made from reindeer skulls are two of the installations on show at this year’s documenta exhibition of contemporary art.

The 14th edition of the 100-day show opened Saturday in Kassel, Germany, with a million visitors expected by Sept. 17.

Curated by Adam Szymczyk, the exhibition has a twin show this year in Athens that runs until July 16.

One of the most striking installations, the Parthenon of Books by Argentine artist Marta Minujin, is a work in progress. Visitors are invited to contribute to its construction by donating formerly or currently forbidden books.