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'House' star earns British honor

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 24, 2007


Hugh Laurie, who stars in the TV hit House, was made a member of the Order of the British Empire on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. Queen Elizabeth II presented the honor to Laurie at Buckingham Palace. Laurie, 47, has been part of the comedy establishment in Britain for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights comedy group along with Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry. Laurie and Fry landed a sketch show, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, in 1987. They also starred in Jeeves and Wooster, a hugely popular TV version of P.G. Wodehouse's comic stories that aired in the United States on PBS. Laurie's film roles include Sense and Sensibility and Stuart Little. 

Third time is also unlucky for Arnold 

Tom Arnold has filed for divorce from his third wife, Shelby Roos, after five years of marriage, according to court documents reported by the Associated Press. Arnold filed for divorce Monday in Los Angeles citing "irreconcilable differences." The actor-comedian and Roos have no children. They married in 2002 and split briefly in August 2006 after Arnold filed a petition for legal separation. Six months later, Arnold asked a judge to dismiss that request while the couple attempted to work things out. Arnold was previously married to Roseanne Barr. They divorced in 1994 after nearly four years of marriage. He was married to Julie Lynne Champnella from 1995 to 1999.

Actor faces prison on drug charges

Actor Tom Sizemore, who appeared in Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down and was convicted in 2003 of domestic violence involving former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, has pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges, authorities said. Sizemore, 45, was arrested May 8 after police found two bags of suspected methamphetamine and smoking pipes in his car parked outside a hotel in Bakersfield, Calif., about 110 miles northeast of Los Angeles, police said in an Associated Press report. The actor, who was on probation for a previous drug conviction, faces seven drug-related charges and a vandalism charge. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted, said prosecutor Cynthia Zimmer of the Kern County District Attorney's Office. He's scheduled back in court next month.