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Rob Lowe's memoir reveals his love of acting

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Imagine a 10-year-old Rob Lowe boldly knocking on the door of Liza Minnelli's suite in a Columbus, Ohio, hotel.

"In most other areas of my life, I am slightly behind the curve, retiring, sometimes unsure," he recounts in his autobiography, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends." "But when it comes to anything to do with dreams of being an actor I am filled with what I would later learn is called chutzpah."

"My name is Rob Lowe. I want to be an actor and I was hoping to meet Miss Minnelli," he tells her husband, Jack Haley Jr., at the door. Minnelli, who was at the height of her fame, was appearing in the award-winning musical film Cabaret. She invites Lowe into her living room. She's eating chocolates and drinking wine.

Lowe is mesmerized. They chat for a while about theatre and music before she sends him off with a wink: "Good luck,
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Documentarian Marshall Flaum dies

Marshall Flaum, a visionary documentarian and five-time Emmy-winning producer-director-writer, died Oct. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications following hip surgery. He was 85.

Marshall Flaum and Jacques Costeau   During a 55-year career, Flaum's work included collaborations with Jacques Cousteau, Jane Goodall, David Wolper, Jack Haley Jr. and Hanna-Barbera, with subjects ranging from Lyndon Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright to James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

In the first of his two Oscar-nominated docs, "The Yanks Are Coming" (1963), Flaum created what he called "the entertainment documentary." He became one of the first in his field to integrate popular music of the time with stock footage of World War I.

"Let My People Go: The Story of Israel" (1965), for which he received his second Academy Award nom and a Peabody Award, examined the plight of the Jews.

After serving in the Army in World War
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Liza Minnelli Blames Michael Jackson for Her Fourth Wedding

Liza Minnelli blamed Michael Jackson for allowing her to marry an "idiot". The "New York, New York" singer, whose fourth wedding, to concert promoter David Gest, took place in 2002, with their pal Michael acting as best man, spoke to the late pop legend after the lavish ceremony and begged him to explain why he had allowed to go through with it.

"I grabbed him when I saw him when I got out of there. And I said, 'Why did you let me marry this idiot?' she said. "He said, 'I thought you liked him! You look so happy. Your dress was so beautiful. I don't know. Let me go!' And I said, 'Michael, how could you.' He said, 'It's over, relax.' Then we looked at each other and we started to laugh, we really started to laugh."

Liza, who divorced David just 16 months later, refuses to
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