People In The News
People In The News
Sep. 02, 1991
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ BCCI's tentacles reached Hollywood as financing for ''Brenda Starr,'' featuring Brooke Shields, was linked to a Saudi sheik who was one of the bank's largest depositors and Miss Shields' most avid fans.
Sheik Abdul Aziz al Ibrahim, brother-in-law of Saudi King Fahd, channeled as much as $22.3 million in cash and loans from Bank of Credit & Commerce International into ''Brenda Starr'' to help Miss Shields get the lead role, the Los Angeles Times reported in Sunday editions.
''Brenda Starr'' producer Myron Hyman, of Tomorrow Entertainment, said three strings were attached to Ibrahim's money: that Miss Shields play reporter Brenda Starr; that the film be made for theater, not TV; and that no advance distribution deal be negotiated.
The litigation-racked film has been shelved for five years and still has not been commercially released in the United States because of disagreements over distribution rights. It has done well overseas. As of July, it had a release date in this country of Thanksgiving.
Until now, the movie's backer had been known only as Mystery Man Productions, an unidentified Arab investor.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jan Berry, half of the 1960s surf music duo Jan & Dean, was married during a performance at the Stardust Resort and Casino.
Berry, 50, wed Gertrude Filip early Sunday before a crowd of about 1,000 people. His singing partner, Dean Torrance, served as best man.
The band played ''Chapel of Love'' as the bride, wearing a white beaded silk gown, joined Berry on stage with the Rev. Bill Peterson. The newlyweds briefly hit the dance floor before Berry hopped back on stage to continue the show.
''Not everybody was expecting to see a wedding, but some of them had read about it in the newspaper,'' said Stardust spokeswoman Kathy Espin.
After the show, the couple cut into a huge cake decorated with a surfing bride and groom.
The bride, originally from Cambridge, Ontario, met Berry during a concert in her hometown. It was Berry's first marriage, said publicist Rob Kuropatwa. The couple planned a honeymoon in Hawaii.
Berry's first album since a 1966 car accident is a solo effort tentatively titled ''Second Wave.'' It will be released later this year, Kuropatwa said.
Jan & Dean were best known for their hits ''Surf City'' and ''Little Old Lady From Pasadena.''
CHICAGO (AP) - Lois McMaster Bujold's latest tale about overcoming physical weakness with smarts won her the 1991 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.
The book, ''The Vor Game,'' is the latest in a series of novels describing the adventures of a man born with birth defects who gets into the Space Force and defends his fellow beings, overcoming his handicaps with wits.
The author, a writer from Columbus, Ohio, claimed the Hugo - science fiction's answer to the Oscars - Sunday night at the 49th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago.
Bujold also won a Hugo last year for her novella ''The Mountains of Mourning'' and was nominated this year for another novella.
Other Hugos went to Joe Haldeman for his novella, ''The Hemingway Hoax,'' Mike Resnick for the novelette ''The Manamouki,'' and Terry Bisson for the short story ''Bears Discover Fire.''
Orson Scott Card won a Hugo for best non-fiction book for ''How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy.'' Film director Tim Burton won for best dramatic presentation, for the movie ''Edward Scissorhands.''
The Hugo awards are named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, who first published the science fiction magazine ''Amazing Stories'' in 1926.
SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) - Cardinal John O'Connor was discharged Monday from a hospital where he was observed for two days after complaining of feeling faint.
O'Connor was released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, where doctors determined he had been suffering from heat prostration, according to a statement from the archdiocese released by the Rev. Joe Zwilling. A heart attack was ruled out, the statement said.
The 71-year-old cardinal entered the hospital Saturday after he felt weak and faint while saying a morning Mass while visiting the Sisters of Life religious community, for women preparing to be nuns, in the Orange County town of Monroe.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The 50 Miss America contestants were met by an impromptu serenade Monday when they stepped off red trolley buses to tour the Liberty Bell during a three-day visit in Philadelphia.
A group of teen-age boys on their own tour of Independence National Historical Park circled around for an impassioned chorus of ''You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.''
For some of the contestants, the nation's birthplace was quite a change from their home states.
''There are not many old buildings in Alaska, except for the Gold Rush relics,'' said Beth Gustafson. ''It just gives me goose bumps as I walk around.''
The finals of the competition will be televised nationally on Sept. 14.
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A boy who suffered brain damage in a traffic accident got the best therapy he could imagine - a telephone call from his hero, Bo Jackson.
The baseball-football star learned from a counselor at Valley Children's Hospital in Fresno that 10-year-old Joe Stillman is one of his biggest fans. The boy was in a coma for over a month after being hit by a car near his home in Oakdale, Calif., on May 20.
Jackson took time out from his own rehabilitation from a hip injury Sunday to telephone Joe.
Rehabilitation therapists had used Joe's interest in Jackson to motivate him, but a wide grin showed that the telephone call was even better.
''He was a real nice guy,'' Joe said. ''We talked a little about baseball and getting out of here. We talked for four minutes. He told me to behave and be good.''