Former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson's big "Splash" freakout, Tom Hanks' Broadway tears and a beloved Oscar winner's death are making news online today. Kendra freaks out: Former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson may look good in swimwear, but diving into a pool apparently isn't her thing. Wilkinson chickened out this week on the ABC reality show, "Splash," refusing to dive from a 23-foot platform with her partner, skier Rory Bushfield. The teary-eyed contender apologized. “I'm so sorry, everybody. It's bittersweet. One thing I don’t do is quit,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve quit something. This will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
Oscar winner dies: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, an Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist with a long association with Merchant Ivory Productions, has died. She was 85. Jhabvala won two Academy Awards for her adaptations of the E.M. Forster novels "Howards End" and "A Room With a View." She was also nominated for adapting 1993's "The Remains of the Day." All three films were also best-picture contenders. Firoza Jhabvala told the Associated Press Wednesday that her mother died in New York after a long illness.
WWE lawsuit settled: Martha Hart, widow of World Wrestling Entertainment performer Owen Hart, told the Associated Press Wednesday that she has settled her lawsuit against the WWE over unpaid royalties and the unauthorized use of her late husband's image. Owen Hart died in 1999 while being lowered into the wrestling ring at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. He was 34.
Tom Hanks tears up: Actor Tom Hanks made his Broadway debut this week in “Lucky Guy,” a play written by his close friend, the late author and Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron. The opening was a success, but tinged with sadness over the loss of Ephron, who died last year at the age of 71 of complications of leukemia. Hanks couldn't contain his emotions during the opening-night curtain call, tearing up as the audience gave him a standing ovation. He later told the New York Post: “That was a tough moment. We were going to do this, and Nora and [show director] George C. Wolfe were going to walk out onstage. I miss her. What more can you say? Nora was just a magnificent hang . . . You could be working, and you could be talking about personal things, you could be on vacation and talking about cultural history, you could be having a very lazy breakfast and you would be talking about Saddam Hussein. Nora was . . . fascinated by everything. She was always doing things that were so interesting. She told me, ‘Never turn down a front-row seat for human folly.’ ” Ephron wrote two Hanks' biggest Hollywood hits, "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail."