April 28, 1988 |
In a closing-the-barn-door-after-the-horse-is-gone move, China's Communist Party has banned Jackie Collins' novel Lovers and Gamblers now that almost all the 300,000 copies printed there have been sold, it was learned yesterday. Officials cited the book's graphic bedroom scenes as the reason for the ban, saying they polluted the minds of youth. Qingchang Dutu, as it's called there, is about a world-weary rock star and a beauty queen who sleeps her way to the top. The Chinese government has encouraged publishers to mind the bottom line, which has led to a glut of sex, romance and kung fu books after many years of heavy, moralistic tomes about goody-two-shoes workers.
December 11, 1992 |
"I'm the Princess of Piano," says Linda Genteel. "Liberace's the Queen. " Take some jokes like these and some naughty double entendres, an assortment of sexy outfits, a swimsuit model's figure, Miss America's wholesome smile plus a talent for playing the popular classics at warp speed, and you won't quite have Linda Genteel, Piano Princess and Liberace protege. But you'd have something close. "I consider myself a combination entertainer and casino host," the 29- year-old pianist says from her home in Ventnor.
August 30, 2013 |
FERGIE FINALLY HAD HER BABY. And after all that time to think, she named him Axl. A rep for the singer says Fergie gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel yesterday. He's the first child for the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and her hubby, Josh Duhamel . The couple wed in 2009. She officially changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel this month. Before the birth, TMZ.com reported that Fergie was preparing for a C-section.
May 22, 2004 |
Joseph V. Fusco went out of this world the way he lived his life - with pizzazz. Dressed in his signature white suit with matching patent leather shoes, maroon ascot, and full-length black cape, Mr. Fusco's body was carried through the tiny streets of his native South Philadelphia yesterday in a bronze casket lined in maroon velvet, inside an elegant black 1898 hearse drawn by a pair of pied-gray Percheron draft horses, Dick and Teddy. It was followed by a block-long procession on foot and in limousines for the 1 1/2 miles from Monti-Rago Funeral Home, 2533 S. Broad St., to St. Maron's Maronite Catholic Church at 10th and Ellsworth Streets.
February 4, 1997 |
"All I did was eat and watch TV. " - Anna Nicole Smith, on coping with the death of her zillionaire husband You want your Di TV? How's this! Princess Diana will be the star of a new British Broadcasting Corp. documentary, which, alas, should provide much more subtle pro-princess propaganda than the infamously confessional royal-bashing sitdown she had with the network in 1995. The BBC announced yesterday it would air a "personal and frank account" of the princess' goodwill trip last month to Angola.
January 3, 1988
Jascha Heifetz, 86. "The inner ear of every violinist. " - Issac Stern Alf Landon, 100. Its nominee in '36, the Grand Old Party's grand old man. Fred Astaire, 88. "I make love by dancing," said the epitome of grace. Robert N.C. Nix Sr., 88. Son of a slave, Pa.'s first black congressman. Harold Washington, 65. Chicago's first black mayor, re-elected in '87. John Huston, 81. The legendary director of more than 60 films. His career spanned 52 years. Liberace, 67. Pianist and entertainer; flamboyance was his middle name.
November 21, 2013 |
Michael Douglas, GQ diva GQ, which has been busy this month bestowing honors manly upon such dudes' dudes as Matthew McConaughey and Justin Timberlake , has reserved its most funky honor, Diva of the Year, for Michael Douglas . The label isn't a diss: It honors Douglas' tour de force performance as Liberace in HBO's telefilm Behind the Candelabra , which had him yo-yo from the depraved depths of weird narcissism and divahood...
July 3, 1987 |
ITEM: Michael Bennett, the award-winning director and choreographer responsible for such Broadway musical hits as "A Chorus Line," died of an AIDS-related disease, his lawyer said. ITEM: On April 17, fashion designer Willi Smith died at the age of 39. The cause of death was listed as pneumonia, complicated by shigellosis, a parasitic disease. But a week later, Smith's attorney said a blood test done shortly before Smith's death was positive for the AIDS virus. ITEM: On May 30, 1986, fashion designer Perry Ellis, 46, died.
March 28, 1987 |
Joan Collins was almost knocked over by 50 reporters and photographers as she arrived yesterday at a Los Angeles courthouse for a meeting with her estranged husband of 13 months, Peter Holm, and their respective lawyers. The session was supposed to be about the TV star's demand for furniture and Holm's demand for a BMW. Asked about Holm's court petition for $80,000 a month in support, Collins, 53, said: "He's been paid. " Responded Holm, 39, "It is less than what I could legally request and substantially less than what I need.
December 25, 1988 |
What is a nice chemist like Richard Gustafson doing up on stage pulling lighted candelabra out of thin air? The Horsham resident blames it all on Liberace and a lifelong love of magic. Liberace's trademark candelabra was the inspiration for his act, and a Christmas present got him started doing tricks. "I got a Gilbert chemistry set and a Gilbert magic set when I was a kid," he said. "I've always been fascinated by both. " Gustafson, 58, who has a doctorate in chemistry from Clark University in Massachusetts, worked 12 years for Rohm & Haas Co. Research Laboratories in Spring House before leaving the lab for the stage.