MONTREAL (AP) -- Celine Dion will join other entertainers at a benefit concert Friday for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Dion stopped performing live on Jan. 1, 2000, to have a child, a boy born a year later.
The 33-year-old singer appeared on last week's TV celebrity telethon, singing "God Bless America." There was no live audience for the show, broadcast live in the United States and Canada, which generated more than $150 million in pledges to benefit families of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attack victims.
British singer Peter Gabriel and Quebec artists Bruno Pelletier, Les Respectables, Offenbach, Luck Merville and Pierre Flynn also were expected to take part in the Montreal show, organizers said, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
Earlier this year, Dion announced plans to headline a show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas beginning in March 2003.
Newton-John wins battle of life
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Olivia Newton-John says she made it through her battle with breast cancer with the help of family and friends and by writing music, which helped give her peace of mind.
"I never thought, 'Why me?"' she said. "I've been exposed to a lot of things. I've spent most of my life traveling, and I've had a very stressful life. That takes a toll, so I think all of that played a part."
Diagnosed with the disease in 1992, Newton-John went through extensive treatment before making a full recovery.
Money from a benefit that the 53-year-old singer attended Tuesday will go to the South Carolina Comprehensive Breast Center of Palmetto Health to help fund education programs, patient and family support, and research.
Onassis heir won't ride
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Athina Roussel, the 16-year-old heiress to the Onassis shipping fortune, will not compete for Greece in the equestrian World Cup in Athens next month, despite an invitation from the national team.
Roussel is the granddaughter of the late Greek shipping mogul Aristotle Onassis and stands to inherit an estimated $600 million fortune on her 18th birthday. She lives in Switzerland with her father, Thierry Roussel. Her mother, Christina Onassis, died of a heart attack in 1988.
The invitation from Greece's equestrian federation for Roussel to join the national team for the event in early October came too late for her to compete, family spokesman Alexis Mantheakis said Wednesday.
"There was a mix-up with the invitation, and I received it a few days ago," Mantheakis said. "Athina won't be able to participate now. ... It is very short notice to compete."
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