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- January 29, 1990
- Vol. 33
- No. 4
Alison Leland, 31, the widow of Texas Congressman Mickey Leland, who died in a plane crash last August while on a hunger relief mission to Ethiopia, gave birth, 10 weeks prematurely, to twin boys on Jan. 14 in Atlanta. She had come to Atlanta from Houston to accept the "Salute to Greatness" award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change on behalf of her late husband. "To have twin boys is something I only wish their father had been able to see," said Mrs. Leland. "He really would have been beside himself." Representative Leland found out just before his trip that she was pregnant.
Rock-a-bye-baby! Bruce Springsteen, 40 (left), and his live-in girlfriend, backup singer Patti Scialfa, 36, expect their first baby later this year. Bruce's record company, Columbia, confirmed the pregnancy but would neither say when the baby is due nor if the happy couple now intend to wed.
Willis Edwards, a businessman and former president of the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP, filed a $10 million libel suit—his second—against hip talk show host Arsenio Hall. Hall called Edwards a "phony, mother—black-tennis-shoe pimp" in a Nov. 2, 1989, Rolling St one interview. Hall sounded off against Edwards because back in November 1988, Edwards had filed a lawsuit against Hall. Edwards's first suit claimed that Hall had accused him of extortion, a charge Hall had made after Edwards questioned the lack of black writers and directors on Arsenio's late-night talk show. Says Edwards: "I'm not a pimp, and I've never extorted a penny from anyone. Arsenio's going to have to prove these things in court." Hall had no comment.
Nobel-prizewinning novelist Saul I Bellow, 74, revealed that he was married in September to Janice Friedman, 31, a doctoral candidate and former student of his at the University of Chicago. It is the first marriage for her and the fifth marriage for Bellow.
Tom Cruise's marriage may be over, but his onetime sweetie and co-star in 1983's Risky Business, Rebecca DeMornay, 27 (below), tied the knot with screenwriter Bruce (Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills) Wagner in Las Vegas last month. Cruise and DeMornay, after dating for two years, split in 1985.
Troy Hayden, 16 (top), the son of actress Jane Fonda and California Assemblyman Tom Hayden, was arrested with seven other juveniles on Jan. 15 in L.A. for spray-painting graffiti near a freeway. (Last November his half-sister, Vanessa Vadim, was ordered to do community service after being arrested for mouthing off at the scene of a drug bust in New York.) Fonda, whose divorce from Hayden will be final this summer, had no comment, but her rep had said that Troy would "be grounded."
Johnny Sylvester, the sickly boy who inspired Babe Ruth to hit three home runs during the fourth game of the 1926 World Series, died Jan. 8 at the age of 74 in Mineola, N.Y. Sylvester, who suffered from a serious bone infection when he was 11, told his father that before he died he wanted to see Ruth hit a home run. The Yankee slugger heard about the boy and sent him a baseball inscribed with the words: "I'll hit a home run for you in Wednesday's game." On cue, Ruth walloped three pitches out of the park that day in St. Louis. Though the Yankees lost that series, Sylvester recovered, graduated from Princeton and became president of a packaging-machinery company in Queens, N.Y. "He was a Yankee fan to the end," said his son, John Jr.
Paul Newman, left, becomes a senior citizen this Friday (Jan. 26) when he turns 65. So how does he stay so youthful? "He's a big swimmer," his publicist said. That veteran judge of men, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, 67, testified, "He looks great. He was born with a beautiful face. He clearly takes care of himself. Glory hallelujah for that!"
Author Laurence J. Peter, 70, whose 13 books included the bestseller The Peter Principle, died Jan. 12 in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., of complications resulting from a stroke. In his 1969 hit book, Peter, a psychologist and University of Southern California education professor, set forth an elegant and amusing theory to explain bureaucratic incompetence: "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence," he wrote. Put simply, "The cream rises until it sours." He described the pitfalls of organizational ladder climbing-ulcers and alcoholism—and named a new managerial dysfunction, Tabulatory Gigantism—the obsession with having a bigger desk than one's colleague.
Gordon Jackson, 66, who played Hudson, the painstakingly proper and fussbudget butler on the long-running PBS series Upstairs, Downstairs, died Jan. 14 of spinal cancer. The Scotsman acted in 60-plus movies, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Mutiny on the Bounty and also was seen on PBS in the miniseries A Town Like Alice.
In an apparenily random night-time attack, Viveca Lindfors, 69 (above), had her ear and cheek slashed by a youth on a New York City street. The Swedish-born actress, who has made some 70 films, required 28 stitches. When New York Mayor David Dinkins called, she asked for his help in starting more poetry workshops in schools. As for her still unidentified attacker, she says, "I'm afraid it's going to take much more than poetry. The kid needs to have himself a good shrink."
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