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May 22, 1987

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) _ Vanna White drew more people to a department store here than any celebrity since Sophia Loren, but the silent letter-turner from television’s ″Wheel of Fortune″ says she’s not sure why.

″I have no idea,″ Miss White said after more than 1,000 people showed up Thursday at a Caldor store in the first stop of her 18-city tour to promote her autobiography, ″Vanna Speaks.″

Because Miss White does not talk on ″Wheel of Fortune″ she is ″a woman of mystery,″ her publisher says.

White, 30, said she wrote the book ″so people can finally get the truth. I want them to know that I’m a normal person like everyone else.″

Miss Loren visited the Caldor store in 1979, said Fred Robson, Caldor spokesman.


NEW YORK (AP) - City Opera director Beverly Sills says that as an opera star she had only to worry about her own talent, while now she worries about the whole company’s.

″The buck stops here,″ the former diva said in an interview in the June issue of Working Woman. ″I don’t share blame, I don’t share credit and I don’t share desserts.″

Miss Sills’ take-charge attitude was evident when a Labor Day 1985 warehouse fire destroyed nearly all of the company’s costumes and scenery. She said she was at her Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., vacation home when the call came in.

The next day she flew back to New York and had the costume designer hard at work re-creating outfits to get the company through the 1986 season. Since then she has raised $5 million of the $10 million needed to complete the reconstruction.


NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Ossie Davis, Labor Secretary William Brock and NBC sportscaster Marv Albert were among eight famous fathers honored as role models at the 52nd annual Father’s Day Luncheon.

Also feted Thursday by the National Father’s Day Committee were author Tom Clancy, New York Rangers General Manager Phil Esposito, U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, NBC-TV ″Today″ show newscaster John Palmer and former Virginia Gov. Charles Robb.

″My family - nothing comes before that,″ said Brock. He and his wife, Sandra Schubert Mitchell Brock, are the parents of six children. ″I love them very much. That makes life worth living.″

Davis, who with his wife, actress Ruby Dee, has three children and four grandchildren, said kids who drop out of school need to be encouraged by their parents.

″The difference between a winner and loser is motivation,″ said Davis.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roy Orbison has been asked to sing an extra song on the last ″Saturday Night Live″ of the season, which will have actor Dennis Hopper as host, the singer’s publicist says.

Orbison, scheduled to appear on the show this weekend, was rehearsing when SNL producer Lorne Michaels walked into the NBC studio in New York, publicist Jeb Baird said Thursday. The producer asked the singer to do three songs instead of the usual two.

″Roy still has that three-octave voice he had when he made all those hits, and it just knocked Michaels out,″ said Baird.

Orbison originally was scheduled to perform ″In Dreams,″ featured in the movie ″Blue Velvet″ starring Hopper, and ″Pretty Woman,″ his biggest hit. He added another Orbison classic, ″Crying.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julio Iglesias, who has sold more records than any other vocalist, says his Spanish heritage may have helped make his 59th album his best ever.

″It’s a very special album for me, and a very special one for the Spanish- speaking people,″ the pop singer said in a recent telephone interview from his Miami estate. ″I feel as if I have poured all of my ancestral energies into it.″

″Un Hombre Solo″ (″A Man Alone″), his 17th album in Spanish, was released in Spanish-speaking countries in April and is being distributed elsewhere this month.

Iglesias has sold 115 million records worldwide, more than any other singer, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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