Apparently, even TV stars have to answer to librarians when it comes to missing books. Just ask Rosie O'Donnell. The daytime talk show diva and triumphant Tony host paid a hefty fine for desecrating, then losing, a sacred book from the Bethel, Connecticut, Public Library.
The rare tome? The library's only copy of Meg Ryan's high school yearbook.
Rosie had borrowed the book to surprise Ryan when she appeared on Rosie's show last month. It turns out Ryan misplaced her Bethel High senior yearbook (circa 1979) somewhere along the line. "Meg was so excited because she lost hers," a spokeswoman for O'Donnell's show said. "And Rosie said, 'Sure, take it.' How could she say no?"
But that wasn't all. In a move that pained librarians nationwide, Rosie actually ripped out the page with Ryan's picture--she went by Margaret "Peggy" Hyra back then--and handed it to the grinning actress.
The show's spokeswoman said Rosie did not know the yearbook was the library's only copy. The yearbook has become a collector's item, fetching between $100 and $300.
Rosie has made amends, however. She donated $1,000 to the library after mangling the book.