Julie Pacino graduates, downpour ensues

Vincent DiSalvio / The Journal NewsAt Tappan Zee High School’s graduation yesterday, softball superstar Julie Pacino — who also happens to be the daughter of some guy named Al — was apparently the last student to leave the stage dry.

The graduation ceremonies were delayed a half hour due to early rains, but during a brief lull, the officials in charged decided not to move the party indoors. It seemed like a wise move — that is, until Pacino got her diplomma. At that point, Philip Goldstein reports, “the rain started coming down in sheets. Nevertheless, the graduation continued, to the cheers of those who had not yet received their diplomas.”

Hayden Panettiere was not listed as being part of the Tappan Zee Class of 2007 in the TJN story, so it appears that she didn’t officially graduate. Not that it matters. You see, once you’ve gotten a diploma from the school of “Heroes,” all other forms of education become null and void.

PS: Can anyone pick Julie Pacino out of the LoHud graduation photo gallery for me?

R.I.P. Marcheline Bertrand

jolie1.jpgAfter a long battle with cancer, Angelina Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports. She was 56.

Bertrand, a former actress best known for her roles in Lookin’ to Get Out and The Man Who Loved Women, raised Jolie and her brother James Haven after divorcing from actor Jon Voight in 1978. Three years later, Bertrand purchased a home at 182 Woods Road in Sneden’s Landing, a few miles from where Jolie attended elementary school in Orangeburg.

According to a statement released by the family, Jolie, Haven, and Jolie’s boyfriend Brad Pitt were with Bertrand when she passed away. A private funeral is planned and the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

(L-R: Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina Jolie, and Jaqueline Bisset in 2001. Photograph courtesy of the Associated Press/Kevork Djansezian)