Elmo in sex scandal

NEW YORK - The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show following allegations he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Sesame Workshop says puppeteer Kevin Clash, above, denies the charges, which were first made in June by the alleged partner, who by then was 23.

Sesame Workshop said its investigation found the allegation to be unsubstantiated. But it said Clash exercised "poor judgment" and was disciplined for violating company policy on Internet usage. It offered no details.

At his request, Clash has been granted a leave of absence in order to "protect his reputation," Sesame Workshop says. No duration for the leave was specified. Clash has voiced and animated Elmo since the 1980s.

Hathaway thanks husband

NEW YORK - Anne Hathaway credits her new husband, Adam Schulman, for helping her get through the grueling filming of the screen adaptation of "Les Miserables."

In "Les Mis," the 30-year-old actress plays Fantine, a struggling, sickly mother forced into prostitution in 1800s Paris. Hathaway lost 25 pounds and cut her hair for the role. She tells Vogue the part left her in a "state of deprivation, physical and emotional." She felt easily overwhelmed and says Shulman was understanding and supportive.

The couple wed in September in Big Sur, Calif. Hathaway wore a custom gown by Valentino that she'd helped design.

Dorothy's dress sells

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The now-faded blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore in "The Wizard of Oz" has sold for $480,000.

Auction house Julien's Auctions says the pinafore fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world.

Steve McQueen's racing jacket sold for $50,000, as did a purple skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe while filming "River of No Return" in Canada. Julie Andrews' "Sound of Music" dress brought $38,400. Sunglass-es worn by Jean Reno in "Leon" went for $8,320, while Johnny Depp's shades fetched $3,250.

Bidders also snapped up pieces of royal wedding cakes. Prince William and Kate Middleton's cake sold for $7,500 while Prince Charles and Princess Diana's cake sold for $1,375.

Rascal's grave marked

BALTIMORE - Fans of the "Little Rascals" film series were in Baltimore this weekend to place a headstone at the grave of child actor Norman "Chubby" Chaney.

Chaney's grave had been unmarked for 76 years since he died at age 21. Chaney was paid a weekly salary when he appeared in the films between 1929 and 1931. But he did not receive any royalties or residual payments and returned to Baltimore when he grew out of the role. When he died, his mother couldn't afford a headstone.

'Love Boat' producer dies

LOS ANGELES - Television producer and executive Henry Colman - whose credits include "The Love Boat," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Green Acres" - has died at age 89.

Colman's career dates to early commercial television, where he started as production coordinator on the musical show "Easy Does It." In 1951, Colman, above, became assistant to the director for "Kraft Television Theatre" and later worked on such series as "Robert Montgomery Presents" and "Colgate Comedy Hour."

Judge reduces Wynn award

LOS ANGELES - A judge has cut by more than half the $40 million jury verdict casino mogul Steve Wynn was recently awarded against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell issued the ruling Friday, reducing the award by $21 million. Her ruling eliminates $20 million in punitive damages the jury granted Wynn and $1 million they said he deserved because of comments Francis made on "Good Morning America."

The ruling only affects damages awarded in the case and preserves the jury's determination that Francis defamed Wynn on three separate occasions, including on ABC's national morning show. Francis vowed to appeal the remainder of the verdict.

O'Hara leaves Broadway for orchestra

NEW YORK - Kelli O'Hara will be taking a break from singing Gershwin songs on Broadway early next year - to sing Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes with the The New York Philharmonic.

The Philharmonic said Monday that O'Hara, currently starring in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" at the Imperial Theatre, will appear as Julie Jordan in a production of "Carousel" running from Feb. 27 to March 2.

The musical includes such hits as "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." O'Hara is set to return to Broadway after "Carousel" closes.

Joining O'Hara will be Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow, Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler and Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow. John Rando will direct and Rob Fisher conducts.