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“Jeffresons” Sherman Hemsley remembered

Friends and family remembered actor Sherman Hemsley at his funeral service in West Texas by showing video clips of his best known role as George Jefferson on the TV sitcom ‘‘The Jeffersons.’’ About 150 people attended Hemsley’s service Wednesday at Cielo Vista Church in El Paso. He died in July but a fight over his estate has delayed his burial. Hemsley’s will named his longtime friend Flora Enchinton Bernal as his heir, but his half brother from Philadelphia, Richard Thornton, challenged the will. An El Paso judge earlier this month ruled the will valid. Hemsley will be buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Hemsley served in the Air Force before turning to acting.

Mayim Bialik to divorce

Mayim Bialik is splitting from her husband of nine years. The 36-year-old actress says in a statement posted online Wednesday that she and husband Michael Stone have decided to divorce. The couple has two young sons. Bialik recently released a book about attachment parenting, but says the philosophy that encourages forming close bonds with near-constant physical contact played no role in the couple’s split. An Emmy-nominated star of CBS’ ‘‘The Big Bang Theory,’’ Bialik first gained fame as the star of the 1990s sitcom ‘‘Blossom.’’ She holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience from UCLA, specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder in adolescents. (AP)

Hendrix CD in the works

A new Jimi Hendrix album is coming March 5. The musician’s website says ‘‘People, Hell and Angels’’ contains 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1968 and ’69. Rolling Stone revealed the album cover on its website Wednesday. Hendrix recorded the songs apart from the Jimi Hendrix Experience as he considered new, experimental directions for his follow-up to ‘‘Electric Ladyland.’’ He plays keyboards, percussion, and a second guitar on the album. (AP)

‘Wicked’ donation


The author of a book that was turned into one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway has donated his papers to the upstate New York college he credits with nurturing his writing talents. Novelist Gregory Maguire was at his alma mater Tuesday to hand over his personal papers to the University at Albany, including the first 30 handwritten pages of ‘‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.’’ The book has sold five million copies and was turned into the musical ‘‘Wicked,’’ which began its Broadway run in 2003. Maguire grew up near the Albany campus and graduated from the local university in 1976. His papers join an archives collection that includes the work of other Albany authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy. (AP)