Ticker: Hillary Clinton, Cher, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Simon Cowell, Vivian Campbell


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Hillary Clinton issued her first tweet on Monday, and 40 minutes later, she had 48,000 followers.

The former secretary of state's first tweet from @HillaryClinton was "to cheekily capitalize on the 2012 'Texts from Hillary' Tumblr meme," according to yahoo.com. She wrote: Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe - I'll take it from here... #tweetsfromhillary. She was welcomed on Twitter be her husband, Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea.

Speculation was that the new Twitter account is part of a lead-up to a 2016 presidential bid -- not withstanding the "hair icon" reference in her profile, which describes her as: "Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD ..."




Cher, the one-named wonder who has earned Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe honors, will make a live appearance on the June 18 season finale of NBC's "The Voice." For her first live TV performance in more than a decade, Cher will sing "Woman's World," the first single off her album of the same name that is due Sept. 24.

Her 1998 single "Believe" reached No. 1 worldwide, selling more than 20 million copies and making her the only artist to have a No. 1 single on the Billboard pop charts in each of the past six decades, according to an NBC press release.




The 67th Annual Tony Awards was seen by its largest audience since 2009, according to overnight Nielsen ratings. With Neil Patrick Harris returning for a fourth stint as host and Pittsburgher Billy Porter winning hearts and the Tony as best lead actor in a musical, the CBS live telecast was seen by 7.2 million viewers, up 20 percent for adults 18-49 and 14 percent for those 25-54. The Variety ratings chart showed that the NBA Finals Game 2 dwarfed all shows from 8 to 11 p.m. with more than 11 million viewers.




Jane Lynch is on Broadway these days, appearing as Miss Hannigan in "Annie," performing at the Tonys ... and preparing to go it alone. The "Glee" star and wife Lara Embry are getting a divorce, Lynch told People in a statement. "This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter."

The two met at a fundraiser in 2009 and got married during Memorial Day weekend in 2010.




Simon Cowell was pelted with eggs during last weekend's season finale of "Britain's Got Talent," but there will be no charges filed against the egg-tosser. In a video at RollingStone.com, as opera-singing brothers Richard and Adam Johnson belt out "The Impossible Dream," a smiling woman emerges from backstage with a carton of eggs and begins throwing them at Cowell before security removes her.

According to Reuters, the woman is Natalie Holt, 30, a musician for the Johnsons who, with her string ensemble Raven Quartet, competed in "Britain's Got Talent" last year without notable success. "I basically took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry," Holt told London's Telegraph. Show organizers have said Holt won't face any charges.




Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says he is being treated for cancer. In a statement reported by The Associated Press, the 50-year-old says he has Hodgkin lymphoma and has been in chemotherapy for two months, with four months of treatment remaining.

"I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit,' " he said.

Campbell, also played in the bands Dio and Thin Lizzy, still plans to tour with Def Leppard, beginning June 21 at the Hellfest music festival and finishing up July 17 in Canandaigua, N.Y.

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