More MS news articles for May 2001

Stars put their X-tiles up for charity

http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/uk.cfm?id=72930

Roger Cox
(Rcox@scotsman.com)

DAVID Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have given their own spooky take on design. The stars of the X-Files have joined other Hollywood names who have taken up their paintbrushes to raise money for a Multiple Sclerosis Charity.

Ceramic tiles painted and signed by more than 50 celebrities will go for auction in Los Angeles tomorrow as part of the "Rock N Soul To Erase MS" charity event, hosted by Nancy Davis. The auction of 600 items is expected to raise more than £2 million for the Nancy Davis Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Television’s investigators of the bizarre displayed a fair degree of originality in their tile artwork. Duchovny painted a spooky blue face, while Anderson also opted for blue, painting a small blue man standing on his own in the bottom left-hand corner of her tile.

Michael Douglas, a keen golfer who has been a regular fixture at the Alfred Dunhill Cup in St Andrews in recent years, has painted a figure swinging a golf club on his tile, while his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, opted for a flower with a smiling face leaning over another flower.

Oddly, the colour yellow featured prominently in many of the stars’ paintings. Madonna painted a hazy-looking sun, while Rosie O’Donnell painted a series of brightly-coloured dots over a yellow background.

Lucy Liu, who starred in Charlie’s Angels, also caught yellow fever, decorating her tile with a huge daffodil.

Some of the stars seemed to be suffering from something of a creativity deficit.

Liu, Zeta Jones, Lance Bass of the boy band N’Sync and Roseanne’s ex, Tom Arnold, all painted variations on the happy face/flowers theme.

The actress Brooke Shields looked to have broken the mould somewhat when she painted five hearts, but she ruined the effect by adding a yellow background.

Other stars who donated tiles for the auction include Sylvester Stallone, Daryl Hannah, Jon Bon Jovi, Martin Sheen and the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.