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Prince ... you sexy vegan you

Prince has been voted the ``world's sexiest vegetarian" in PETA's annual online poll. A strict vegan, Prince, 47, wrote in the liner notes of his 1999 album, ``Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic," about the ills behind wool production. He closed the disc with a quote from Mohandas Gandhi: ``To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." Prince shares the honor with Kristen Bell, the 25-year-old star of ``Veronica Mars," which is being carried over from UPN to the new CW network this fall. Bell, in a statement, said of her vegetarianism: ``I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with -- dogs and cats, for example -- from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts!" Runners-up in the poll, which People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said yesterday received more than 40,000 votes, include Natalie Portman, Nicollette Sheridan, and Joaquin Phoenix.

Stones' Richards home `feeling great'
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is back home in the United States, ``feeling great" after undergoing surgery for a head injury in New Zealand and looking forward to returning to the road next month, his publicist said yesterday. The brief statement did not say when the 62-year-old rocker arrived in the United States, or whether he was still receiving medical treatment. The publicist said he was back at his estate in Weston, Conn. Richards took a fall, reportedly from a palm tree, while on vacation with his wife in Fiji last month, and was flown to New Zealand, where he underwent unspecified surgery after complaining of headaches. His mishap forced the Rolling Stones to postpone their European tour.

Roberts gets nod as Tony presenter
Julia Roberts didn't receive a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in ``Three Days of Rain," but she will be onstage at the 60th annual Tony Awards when they are presented June 11 at Radio City Music Hall. Roberts will be among the presenters during the three-hour show, which will be televised by CBS. Also announced yesterday as presenting awards for the best of the 2005-06 Broadway season: Ralph Fiennes, Eric McCormack, Cynthia Nixon, Martin Short, Alfre Woodard, and Anna Paquin.

Geldof honored for '85 Live Aid concert
Bob Geldof has been honored with a humanitarian award by the Holocaust Museum Houston for his work organizing 1985's Live Aid concert. Geldof received the 2006 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award at the museum's annual dinner Sunday night. He told the audience that he was humbled by the award. ``I can honestly say I feel fraudulent standing here" among survivors of the Holocaust, the 51-year-old Irish rocker-turned-activist said. ``Their greatest triumph was that they defeated history. Their unique triumph is the grace with which they lived their lives." Geldof was inspired to organize the concert after watching a nightly news broadcast on the Ethiopian famine. ``The next day I thought, `This requires more than simply putting a pound in the charity box,' " he said.


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