People: Queen honors Catherine Zeta-Jones

  • Fri Jun 11th, 2010 11:06pm
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LONDON — From Wales to Hollywood to “Chicago” — now Catherine Zeta-Jones has an appointment at Buckingham Palace.

Zeta-Jones added a royal honor to Hollywood stardom today when she was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Academy Award winner was part of an eclectic list of honorees, announced to mark the queen’s official birthday, 1960s rocker Graham Nash.

Wales-born Zeta-Jones, 40, began her career in British theater and television before moving to Hollywood and marrying actor Michael Douglas. The actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2003 for the musical “Chicago,” can now put the letters CBE after her name.

U.S. gymnast’s stalker found guilty

A judge found a Florida man guilty of stalking Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson on Friday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor found Robert O’Ryan guilty of felony stalking and burglary charges and two misdemeanor concealed weapons violations. The verdict came after four days of testimony and evidence. Pastor then ruled that O’Ryan was legally insane at the time of his arrest last March. He will serve his sentence in a state mental hospital. He had faced up to four years in state prison and two years in county jail.

Film institute honors Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols, whose director credits include “The Graduate,” “Silkwood” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” was honored by the American Film Institute’s life-achievement award. The dinner honoring the 78-year-old Nichols, held in a Sony Pictures soundstage where part of “The Wizard of Oz” was filmed, featured clips from his movies and TV programs, a highlight from his and May’s 1960s comedy act, musical numbers and speeches overflowing with hilarious anecdotes and bottomless affection from his collaborators. The tribute to Nichols airs June 26 on TV Land.

Associated Press