PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Domingo returns, singing privately

Domingo returns, singing privately

LOS ANGELES -- Placido Domingo says he is still tender following surgery to remove a cancerous polyp from his colon, but he has returned to work and resumed singing in private -- and plans to be back on stage in a couple weeks.

The 69-year-old Spanish tenor became ill on tour in Tokyo, had surgery early this month at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and has been recuperating in Acapulco, Mexico.

He returned to Los Angeles on Thursday and a few hours later was back at work as director of the Los Angeles Opera Company.

Domingo told reporters during a break he planned to begin rehearsals for ''Simon Boccanegra'' at Italy's La Scala in two weeks.

Dennis Hopper gets star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES -- Dennis Hopper is a permanent part of Hollywood.

Bandaged and looking frail, the 73-year-old actor and filmmaker was honored Friday with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Hopper, who is suffering from prostate cancer, appeared gaunt and was helped to the stage by a friend. The actor explained that his bandages were the result of a fall Thursday outside his home.

Surrounded by his family, Hopper thanked Hollywood for being ''my home and my schooling.''

Playing banjo eased stress for Steve Martin

LOS ANGELES -- Steve Martin says playing the banjo helped prepare him for his Oscar-hosting gig.

The 64-year-old actor-writer-musician says performing live with the Steep Canyon Rangers made him feel comfortable on the Kodak Theatre stage at the Oscars.

Martin says he wasn't sure why he wasn't nervous before co-hosting the March 7 Oscars with Alec Baldwin, but a friend suggested maybe it was because he'd been in front of audiences around the country with his banjo.

Martin said in a recent interview that he ''hadn't been on stage live in front of people in a long, long time, except for this,'' gesturing toward the banjo in his hand.