Names in the news, March 2

Posted March 01, 2012, at 4:51 p.m.

Actress Meryl Streep has donated $10,000 to a Rhode Island scholarship fund in honor of fellow Oscar nominee Viola Davis, who established the fund with her sister in 1988. Upward Bound Director Mariam Boyajian said Thursday that Streep’s donation is the largest single award the fund has received. The Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls also received $10,000 from Streep on Monday in Davis’ honor. Davis grew up in Central Falls, R.I. Streep won an Oscar for best actress on Sunday for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Davis was nominated for her role in “The Help.” … Bristol Palin’s home life in Alaska is the subject of a reality series starring the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Lifetime says it will air 10 episodes of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” later this year. The series will explore the pressures of raising her toddler son, Tripp, as she maintains her close relationship with the larger Palin clan, the network said. In 2010, Palin was a competitor on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” … An autopsy confirmed that Davy Jones, star of 1960s band The Monkees, died of a heart attack. The medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Fla., completed their examination Thursday morning, a day after Jones was rushed to the hospital. Toxicology tests could take another six or eight weeks, but there’s no sign anything else is to blame for the 66-year-old’s death. Jones rocketed to stardom in the 1960s as a member of The Monkees, a made-for-TV rock band patterned after the Beatles. Though their televisioin show lasted just two years and the group ultimately broke up, they have endured with such chart-topping hits as “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer.”

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