The Big Apple

Debbie Harry Has Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

Blondie star Deborah Harry uses a special card given to her by a New York cop to avoid incurring costly fines for driving offenses, the singer said.

The iconic singer admits police officers sometimes let her off with a warning when they realize they have pulled over a rock star, but now she has gone one better by obtaining a card stating she is a “friend” of cops in the Big Apple.

The canny rocker places it next to her driving licence in her purse so officers spot it when she shows them her credentials – and it works every time.

Asked if she ever uses her fame to get around traffic offences, Harry tells Q magazine, “Well, sometimes I don’t have to. I have a friend who’s a New York City sergeant. He gave me a special card to say I’m a friend of the New York City police.

“One time I was pulled over and that card was very conveniently placed close to my driver’s licence. They let me go with a warning… If it was a serious offense it might not mean s**t.”

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Celeste Holm Dies at Age 95

Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm has died at the age of 95, days after suffering a heart attack.

The star was admitted to New York’s Roosevelt Hospital with dehydration earlier this month, but her health took a turn for the worse when she went into cardiac arrest while under doctors’ care.

She was discharged on Friday to continue her recovery at her Manhattan home, but she lost her fight for life on Sunday.

Her niece Amy Phillips tells CNN, “She passed peacefully in her home in her own bed with her husband and friends and family nearby.”

The Big Apple native began her career in theater and landed her first major Broadway role in a 1940 revival of The Time of Your Life, starring alongside a young Gene Kelly. She went on to captivate audiences with her performance as Ado Annie in a 1943 production of hit musical Oklahoma!.

Holm made a successful transition to Hollywood in the late 1940’s and won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress following the release of 1947 Gregory Peck drama, Gentleman’s Agreement. She landed further Academy Award nominations for Come to the Stable and All about Eve.

She co-starred with Frank Sinatra in comedy The Tender Trap in 1955 and the musical High Society, and starred in other films like Tom Sawyer and Three Men and a Baby. She also made guest appearances in TV series such as Columbo andFalcon Crest, and became known later on in her career for soap operas Loving and Promised Land.

Holm retired from Hollywood in 2009, five years after she wed her fifth husband, opera singer Frank Basile, who was 46 years her junior.