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Elizabeth Hurley just may be the world's most glamorous farmer (though it's a tough choice between her and Vera Farmiga) -- and now she's agreed to show the world her more down-to-earth side on a new reality show for a U.K. network, according to the Daily Mail. The series will follow Hurley on the 400-acre organic farm she owns with her husband, Arun Nayar, in Gloucestershire, England, where she raises pigs, geese, cows, and sheep. She sells the meat at farmer's markets in nearby towns, but says she hasn't entirely given up life in the fast lane: "I'm a town mouse on sabbatical," she says.
Edward Norton Joins the United Nations
Actor Edward Norton became the latest celebrity to join the UN's environmental efforts when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named him a Goodwill Ambassador for Diversity. The actor, who ran the New York City marathon to support the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, has also promoted Earth Hour and is one of the forces behind fundraising website Crowdrise. At the ceremony, he called environmentalism the "defining challenge of this era," according to the UN website, and said he hopes "people realize that they are not separate from the web of life. Our ability to thrive as a species and as a civilization totally depends on that web of life." (Via Ecorazzi )
Betty White: Calendar Girl
Actress Betty White continues her comeback by taking advantage of her booming popularity to support one of her favorite causes -- the Morris Animal Foundation -- with a 2011 calendar that has the 88-year-old former Golden Girl playing pinup alongside a group of well-muscled (and barely dressed) men young enough to be her grandsons. For more than four decades, White has supported the Foundation, which develops health initiatives for horses, wildlife, and pets all over the world, and proceeds from the calendar (available in September, but you can pre-order it now) will go toward Morris' work with cats, dogs, and other pets. (Via Mother Nature Network )
Ashley Greene Makes Her Mark
"Twilight" actress Ashley Greene will replace"The Hills" star Lauren Conrad as the face of Avon's Mark cosmetics line this fall, and says she's "looking forward to empowering young women to feel confident, pursue their dreams, and make their mark in the world," according to Stylelist. But signing up to work with the cruelty-free company -- which was the first major brand to give up animal testing -- also earned Greene kudos from PETA: The organization, which has worked with Greene's "Twilight' costars Kellan Lutz and Christian Serratos on print ads, presented the 23-year-old with their 2010 Kind Choices Award for "encouraging millions of "Twilight" fans and other young people to choose makeup that's fun, not fatal," PETA's Kathy Guillermo told Vegetarian Star. (Via Vegetarian Star)