Carson Grandchild's Mother Tells Of Fear

Posted: May 05, 1987

Tanena Love Green, mother of Johnny Carson's only grandchild, said yesterday that her child's father, Christopher Carson, has been prowling about her Florida residence and that she is afraid. Green, in town for today's People Are Talking show on Channel 3, said, "I have affidavits from neighbors saying they saw him hiding in bushes and looking in windows. I fear him. This is not the man I knew for nine years. He's under pressure from his father, and you never know what a man under pressure will do."

In March, Christopher Carson was ordered by a court to pay Green $125 a week in temporary support for 10-month-old Cristal Love Green. The mother says the girl's father has never touched the baby and refuses to see her. Green, 36, insisted that Cristal was a planned baby but that Carson, also 36, soured on the idea while she was pregnant. Green said she was fighting an attempt by the Carson family to keep the child "in the closet."

The sometime model said she had no medical insurance, that welfare money paid hospital bills for Cristal's birth and that she regularly waits in a Fort Lauderdale welfare line for free cheese to help feed the baby. "I want them to acknowledge the child," she said. "It's not like we met in a bar and this was an overnight thing." Since the flap began in March, neither Johnny Carson nor his son has responded to reporters' inquiries. The case gets a full court airing in July.

FRANK TALKS

You just knew Frank Sinatra wasn't going to sit still for last week's action by the Swedish government, which announced it would hit the singer with its 30 percent artist's tax when he comes to perform in June. The tax is generally waived for foreign entertainers, but the Swedish government said it would make Sinatra pay because he has performed in South Africa. The Swedes support a boycott of the racist Pretoria regime.

Sure enough, the Chairman of the Board had his say over the weekend, noting that other countries might now question his appearance in Sweden because it is ''acting so undemocratically." He said he is "infuriated and deeply disappointed . . . that certain unelected Swedish bureaucrats . . . are apparently dictating who should and should not perform in Sweden and under what conditions." He stopped short of saying he would cancel his trip to Sweden.

HONORED PEN

Richard Wiley's first published novel, Soldiers in Hiding, was named winner of the $5,000 PEN-Faulkner Award for fiction yesterday. Judges called the book, about a Japanese-American caught in Japan during World War II and forced to fight against Americans in the Philippines, "a work of the imagination that is as down to earth as it is brilliant." Wiley, 42, is a native of Tacoma, Wash., who now lives in Nairobi. He'll be honored Saturday at Washington's Folger Shakespeare Library.

DEADHEAD ALERT

Bob Dylan will perform here with the Grateful Dead July 10 at John F. Kennedy Stadium, Electric Factory Concerts announced yesterday. Tickets will go on sale May 30. The Dead played three, sold-out Spectrum concerts last March. Dylan did outdoor concerts with the group last summer in five other cities.

POST POST-MORTEM

Almost a year after her death, Kate Smith is still not buried because of a dispute between her will and a cemetery. Her body remains stored in a vault in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The singer, who died June 17, stipulated that she be interred in a pink-and-rose-colored granite mausoleum in the St. Agnes Church cemetery in Lake Placid, N.Y. But the cemetery has a policy against mausoleums, and St. Agnes' Father Robert Lamitie called the proposed

$88,000 structure "a monstrosity." Said Smith's sister and executor: "My sister's will does not allow her to be buried anyplace else." Thursday, a committee of church members will review plans for a scaled-down version of the mausoleum.

IN THIS CORNER . . .

New York columnist Jimmy Breslin has apparently failed in an attempt to get access to a 16mm boxing film showing Lt. Col. Oliver L. North duking it out with new Navy secretary James H. Webb when both were students at the Naval Academy. The academy told Breslin that the film does not come under the Freedom of Information Act because it was a training film. It also said the footage will be locked up until both figures are free of the limelight. North won the match, by the way.

DIGGING IN

Bill Britt, Boston's "Hermit of Chestnut Hill," began putting the pieces together yesterday after returning from an appearance early Friday on TV's Late Night With David Letterman to find his lean-to burned down. People gave him bedding, money and a new tent, and the urban hermit said he'd re-establish

himself on the tract of public land that's been his home for most of 18 years and from which the city is trying to evict him. Investigators said the fire appears suspicious, and Britt blames the city.

"There is no way we would have a role" in arson, said a spokesman for the agency trying to evict him. Said Britt: "It's devastating. But I've been through worse than this."

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