Entertainment briefs – August 18

A U.S. woman has had Paul McCartney’s signature permanently etched onto her body by a tattoo artist after the musical icon answered her pleas to sign her back.

McCartney’s signature tattooed on woman’s back

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A U.S. woman has had Paul McCartney’s signature permanently etched onto her body by a tattoo artist after the musical icon answered her pleas to sign her back.

Rose Ann Belluso took a sign to McCartney’s show Sunday in Philadelphia requesting he sign her back with a marker she’d brought along. When McCartney called her up on stage and obliged, the Downingtown woman decided to make it last forever.

A tattoo artist at Extreme Ink Tattoo Parlor in West Chester went over the signature on Monday.

Belluso says the painful procedure was a no-brainer after McCartney answered her request.

Besides the birth of her two sons, Belluso says getting McCartney’s signature was the best experience of her life — and her first tattoo.


Fantasia promoting album after OD

NEW YORK — A week after an overdose, Fantasia is back to promoting her new album.

In a statement released Monday, Fantasia says she “can’t thank my fans enough for their prayers and support during such a challenging time.”

The singer overdosed on aspirin and other pills at her home in Charlotte, N.C., last week.

Her manager says she wasn’t trying to kill herself, but police believed they were responding to a suicide attempt. The overdose came days after a woman accused Fantasia in court documents of having an affair with her husband.

The former American Idol winner will make TV appearances, including stops at Good Morning America and Live with Regis & Kelly, in the next couple weeks to promote her third album. The CD, titled Back to Me, is out on Aug. 24.


Probation, fine for Badu photo shoot

DALLAS — A city spokesman says singer Erykah Badu has paid a $500 fine and will serve six months of probation for stripping during a music video shoot at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in 1963.

Badu performed a walking striptease March 13 for her Window Seat music video. The video ends with a nude Badu falling to the ground as if she has been shot.

Police in April cited her for disorderly conduct after a witness made a sworn complaint. A number of children were among the tourists and other random passers-by seen on the video.

Badu paid the fine Friday.


Celebrity plastic surgeon killed

VENTURA, Calif. — Authorities say celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan has died after his vehicle barrelled down a cliff near Malibu.

The California Highway Patrol says Ryan’s 1995 Jeep Wrangler went off the side of Pacific Coast Highway and landed on its roof Monday afternoon.

The 50-year-old Ryan performed multiple plastic surgeries this year on actress Heidi Montag. His website includes a long list of testimonials from celebrities such as Vince Neil and Lorenzo Lamas.