Like all other evac­uees, stars can only wait

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Nation & World - BY LYNN ELBER


Rich or not, fa­mous or not, there was no re­prieve Satur­day from the Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires sweep­ing through towns as dif­fer­ent as the star-filled ocean­side en­clave of Mal­ibu and the mod­est com­mu­ni­ties nearby and in the state’s north.

Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim Kar­dashian West were among the celebri­ties who joined thou­sands of oth­ers in evac­u­at­ing from the af­flu­ent coastal city that is as well-known as its res­i­dents. The stars went on­line to share their own dis­tress and dis­may for oth­ers as the fate of many prop­er­ties re­mained un­known Satur­day.

“I am think­ing so deeply for ev­ery­one who is suf­fer­ing to­day from th­ese abom­inable fires & griev­ing the loss of their homes or loved ones,” Lady Gaga tweeted. “I’m sit­ting here with many of you won­der­ing if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray to­gether & for each other. God Bless You.”

There were shout-outs as well to the fire­fight­ers strug­gling to con­tain the fires in what were de­scribed as es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“Th­ese guys are heroes,” film­maker Guillermo del Toro posted on Twit­ter. His so-called “Bleak House,” which con­tains his col­lec­tion of items too scary to be kept in the fam­ily home, was en­dan­gered.

Shan­nen Do­herty, who’d been out of town when the fire broke out, said on­line that friends stay­ing at her Mal­ibu house evac­u­ated safely with her dogs. It’s likely her house burned, she said, but she ex­pressed gratitude to fire­fight­ers “putting their lives on the line for all of us” and sym­pa­thy for oth­ers af­fected by the fire.

Sheen (“The West Wing,” “Apoca­lypse Now”), in­ter­viewed by a TV sta­tion on the beach Fri­day night af­ter flee­ing his home, said the fire was the worst he has ever seen. He said he ex­pects his house was de­stroyed.

The in­ter­view oc­curred af­ter his son, ac­tor Char­lie Sheen, tweeted that he’d been un­able to con­tact his fa­ther, and the Los An­ge­les Fox af­fil­i­ate KTTV tracked him down. Martin Sheen gave a shoutout to his fam­ily to let them know he and his wife, Janet, were safe and planned to sleep in their car by the beach.

The sta­tus of Martin Sheen’s home was un­known Satur­day morn­ing.

“Bev­erly Hills, 90210” star Do­herty said her “heart is ripped apart” by the loss of a Mal­ibu home where she and hus­band Kurt Iswarienko were mar­ried in 2011.

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