Monitor: Feb. 22 2013
Comebacks, birthdays, and more
Robin Roberts, 52, is headed back to Good Morning America on Feb. 20, her cohost George Stephanopoulos announced. Roberts, who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome last year, took a five-month leave from the show in August to have a bone-marrow transplant.
James Cromwell, 73, is standing up for his feline friends. The American Horror Story: Asylum actor was arrested on Feb. 7 in Madison, Wis., after interrupting a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting to protest the school’s experimentation on cats.
Veteran Hollywood makeup artist Stuart Freeborn, who helped bring life to Yoda, Chewbacca, and other characters in the Star Wars films, passed away on Feb. 5 in London. He was 98…. Influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, 80, died on Feb. 4 in Dover, Del…. Alan Sharp, the Scottish screenwriter behind Rob Roy and Night Moves, died Feb. 8 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 79…. Boondock Saints producer Chris Brinker, 42, died on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles, reportedly due to complications from an aortic aneurysm.
Feb. 17: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 32
Feb 18: Dr. Dre, 48
John Travolta, 59
Feb 20: Rihanna, 25
Feb. 22: Drew Barrymore, 38