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ONE SWEET DAY Mariah Carey will perform and appear on television for the first time since her July breakdown on ”America: A Tribute to Heroes,” Friday’s live, all-star benefit to aid the families of the victims of last week’s terror attacks. She’ll pay homage to the emergency workers by singing her hit ”Hero.” She joins a roster that includes some of the biggest names in movies (such as Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, and Tom Hanks), music (Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder), and TV (Calista Flockhart, Ray Romano, Kelsey Grammer). Carey’s first public appearance since her hospitalization will be tonight at a Los Angeles screening of her new film ”Glitter,” an event that’s also a benefit, for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Additional stars and outlets continue to sign on for the TV fundraiser. Wyclef Jean, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Smits have added their names to the roster. Broadcast and cable networks that signed on yesterday to carry the event include BET, Comedy Central, Court TV, Discovery, Fox Family Channel, HBO, Pax, PBS, Showtime, the Sundance Channel, TLC, TNN, TNT, Univision, USA, and VH1. There will also be a webcast on Yahoo! and radio simulcasts on several Clear Channel stations. The show airs live and commercial-free from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time (8 to 10 Central time) and on tape delay in other time zones.
In addition to appearing on the benefit, Jim Carrey has pledged $1 million to the victims’ families. Rosie O’Donnell is also donating $1 million, with her check going to the Red Cross’ relief drive.