From AP, much happier news....
"Dancing with the Stars' " very own Cloris Leachman has been chosen as grand marshal for next year's Rose Parade.
The actress, who has an Oscar and eight Emmys, will head the 120th Tournament of Roses on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The parade's theme is ''Hats Off to Entertainment.''
Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Ronald H. Conzonire (Corky) announces Cloris Leachman as the 2009 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal for the 120th Rose Parade and the 95th Rose Bowl Game. (PRNewsFoto/Tournament of Roses)
The 82-year-old ''Dancing With the Stars'' contestant said Friday she's thrilled to be grand marshal of a parade that -- in her words -- ''is older than I am.''
Leachman won an Oscar as best supporting actress for the 1971 film ''The Last Picture Show''; her Emmy wins span from Mary Tyler Moore's classic sitcom in the '70s to ''Malcolm in the Middle'' in 2006. AP