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Frey: Story was more important than truth

By wire services
Published February 2, 2006

In a dramatic author's note, James Frey acknowledges alterations and embellishments throughout A Million Little Pieces, writing that narrative mattered more than truth in his admittedly fictionalized story of addiction and recovery.

"I wanted the stories in the book to ebb and flow, to have dramatic arcs, to have the tension that all great stories require," writes Frey, whose three-page note will be included in future editions of the book, to be shipped this month, and was posted Wednesday on the Web site of his publisher, Doubleday (

Frey's note confirms much of what the Smoking Gun Web site published in early January and builds upon his admission to Oprah Winfrey last week that he had lied: He invented a three-month jail term, exaggerated other run-ins with law officials and distorted his role in a train crash that killed a high school classmate.

Meanwhile, the literary manager who represented Frey for more than four years said she's not representing him anymore because of his tall tales. Kassie Evashevski of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment told Publishers Weekly that she learned about his deception only after he called her to warn her about the Smoking Gun story.

"Red Shoes' ballerina Shearer dies at 80

Moira Shearer, the ballerina and actor whose debut film, The Red Shoes, created an international sensation in 1948, has died, her husband said Wednesday. She was 80.

Ms. Shearer died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2006) at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, England, said her husband, Ludovic Kennedy. He said she had become weak since her birthday last month but did not reveal the cause of death.

The Red Shoes, loosely based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, is celebrated for its rich use of color and the intimate view of backstage life in the world of ballet. Ms. Shearer's character becomes a great star but is torn between her love for a young composer and her career, which is guided by a jealous impresario. The film contained a complete ballet danced by Ms. Shearer and others.

Moss has first Vogue cover since drug scandal

LONDON - Kate Moss will appear on the cover of British Vogue, publisher Conde Nast announced Wednesday - the latest sign of the supermodel's comeback from drug allegations.

The magazine's March issue features Moss in a delicate white dress against a pink backdrop.

It is the 21st time that Moss, 32, has graced Vogue's cover, and the first since allegations of cocaine use hit the headlines in September.

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman she was "delighted to have Kate on the cover of March Vogue."

"It's one of the most important issues of the year and we know that our readers are big fans of hers," Shulman said.

Moss lost contracts with H&M, Burberry and Chanel after the Daily Mirror tabloid published pictures of her allegedly using cocaine in a west London music studio where her then-boyfriend, rock musician Pete Doherty, was recording with his group Babyshambles.

She left Britain when the drug allegations broke, checking into a rehab clinic in Arizona.

[Last modified February 2, 2006, 11:59:39]

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