Two funerals (and two birthdays)
• Japanese supermodel Sayoko Yamaguchi, who graced catwalks in the 1970s, has died at age 57 of acute pnemonia, the AFP reports. Yamaguchi was one of the first Asian models to hit the big shows, debuting in Paris in 1972 before becoming a fixture in Western fashion capitals. And she actually ate food.
• Billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley, the “Queen of Mean,” died of heart failure on Monday at 87, Reuters reports. Helmsley, who had served 18 months in prison for tax fraud after being sentenced in 1992, was quoted by a trial witness as saying, “Only little people pay taxes.” Perhaps, but we all die in the end.
• Robert De Niro, who turned 64 Friday in Melbourne, Australia, isn’t dead, but he did get to celebrate his birthday twice. E! Online says the actor flew over the international dateline en route to Hawaii, where he got to mark the day again at the opening of Nobu Waikiki. If we remember basic algebra correctly (which we don’t), that has to negate them or something.