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"This is better than an Emmy'

Oprah Winfrey realized an 8-year-old dream Sunday in Washington, D.C., completing her first marathon and beating her target time in the process. "This is better than an Emmy," she said after finishing the 26-mile course in just under 4{ hours _ 40 seconds faster than her goal _ despite having to run in a steady drizzle. "As I saw the 26 miles, I started to cry because I thought, "Oh God, it's over, it's over,' " she said. "Then that last two _ that two-tenths of a mile: "Hell,' I thought, "Where is it? Where is the finish?' " But after 20 weeks in training, Winfrey said she's not giving up her day job anytime soon. "This is my last marathon. . . . I'm going to stick to half-marathons from here on out," she said. She plans to feature her marathon performance on an upcoming show.

Hynde signs a vow for animal rights

Chrissie Hynde doesn't want death to stop her animal-rights work. The Pretenders' lead singer recently had her will changed to allow the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to "exploit (Hynde's) image after her death in any way PETA sees fit," People magazine reported in its Oct. 31 issue. In a letter to PETA, Hynde asks the organization to run an ad after her death with her photo and the words, "Dead meat should be buried, not eaten." Hynde, 43, wanted to make her wishes clear after the families of Kurt Cobain and River Phoenix objected to PETA using their pictures for an anti-fur campaign. PETA scrapped the ads as a result.

In other news . . .

Frank Sinatra will make a rare appearance in a TV movie. Variety columnist Army Archerd says Sinatra's daughter, Tina, is producer of the CBS movie Hoboken, which stars Olympia Dukakis as a woman who runs a restaurant that is a kind of Sinatra memorial where only Old Blue Eyes' records are played. Sinatra reportedly only agreed to appear in the movie if he was paid. After Tina promised "two times scale," he agreed to the deal.

After 24 years of marriage, Neil and Marcia Diamond have formally separated, and she will seek a divorce. Variety reports the couple separated a few years ago but reconciled. The couple has two sons.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been named Hollywood's "top player" in Entertainment Weekly magazine's annual Power 101 survey. Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone was second.

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