Pa­trick Stewart writing mem­oir

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Nearing his 80th birth­day, Sir Pa­trick Stewart is fi­nally ready for the project he once feared tak­ing on — his mem­oir.

The award-win­ning ac­tor best known as Capt. Jean-Luc Pi­card of “Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion” has a deal with Gallery Books for a “re­veal­ing and heart­warm­ing look” into his life and times, the pub­lisher an­nounced Tues­day. A title and re­lease date will be de­ter­mined later.

“The idea of writing a mem­oir based on my life and ca­reer has been in my mind for sev­eral years, but al­ways the de­mands of work have pushed it into the back­ground. To­day there are no de­mands, nor is there a pre­dic­tion when there might be,” Stewart, who turns 80 on July 13, said in a state­ment.

“I am caught in the mid­dle of shoot­ing a new se­ries, ‘Star Trek: Pi­card,’ and I pas­sion­ately want to see it through, but in the mean­time what? Well, I have a beau­ti­ful study in our house in Los An­ge­les, sunny and peace­ful. I am 80 in a lit­tle over two weeks’ time. I have just treated my­self to a gor­geous of­fice chair. And I have the time. But most im­por­tant, I am lov­ing what I am do­ing, even though I never thought I would or could.”

Stewart will write about ev­ery­thing from “Star Trek” to his award-win­ning stage per­for­mances to his voice work on “Amer­i­can Dad.” He had ex­pressed con­cern in the past about bring­ing back mem­o­ries of his abu­sive father, but he will “re­flect on his child­hood in York­shire, Eng­land, marked by poverty and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence; as well as his lifelong po­lit­i­cal ad­vo­cacy and on­go­ing char­ity work,” ac­cord­ing to Gallery, a di­vi­sion of Simon & Schus­ter.

VMAs will go on: The 2020 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards will still go ahead de­spite the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. An MTV rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­firmed that the show will take place Aug. 30 at the Bar­clays Cen­ter in Brook­lyn, New York.

New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing a brief­ing Mon­day, ex­plain­ing that “the event will fol­low all safety guid­ance, in­clud­ing lim­ited or no au­di­ence.”

Dr. Dre’s wife files for di­vorce: Ni­cole Young, Dr. Dre’s wife of 24 years, has filed for di­vorce. Young filed doc­u­ments seek­ing to end her mar­riage with Dr. Dre — the pro­ducer, rap­per and mu­sic mogul whose real name is An­dre Young — on Mon­day in Los An­ge­les County Superior Court.

Ni­cole Young, 50, cited ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences as the rea­son for the split, and she is seek­ing spousal sup­port from the 55-yearold Dr. Dre, who has amassed a ma­jor for­tune in his time as an N.W.A. mem­ber, solo rap­per, pro­ducer, co-owner of Death Row Records and founder and CEO of Af­ter­math En­ter­tain­ment and Beats Elec­tron­ics.

The cou­ple has two adult chil­dren, 23-year-old son Truice and 19-year-old daugh­ter Truly. Dr. Dre has four chil­dren from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships.

An email to Dr. Dre’s pub­li­cist seek­ing com­ment on the di­vorce fil­ing was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

July 1 birthdays: Ac­tress Olivia de Hav­il­land is 104. Ac­tor Jamie Farr is 86. Singer Deb­o­rah Harry is

75. Ac­tor Dan Aykroyd is

68. Ac­tor Alan Ruck is 64. Ac­tor An­dre Braugher is

58. Ac­tress Pamela An­der­son is 53. Rap­per Missy El­liott is 49. Ac­tress Liv Tyler is 43. Ac­tress Hi­larie Bur­ton is 38. Singer Chloe Bai­ley is 22.

WILLY SANJUAN/IN­VI­SION

Pa­trick Stewart is work­ing on a mem­oir while wait­ing for film­ing on “Star Trek: Pi­card” to re­sume.

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