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September 10, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ Designer Carolyne Roehm, whose extravagant ball gowns and backing from her financier husband made her famous in the 1980s, is going out of business.

Roehm said Monday she made the decision ″after weighing all the pros and cons of continuing with my business, and in the wake of a personal family tragedy.″ Her 19-year-old stepson was killed in a car accident in July.

Slow sales, high expenses and husband Henry Kravis’ reluctance to continue backing Carolyn Roehm Inc. killed the 6-year-old business, The Wall Street Journal reported.

However, company spokeswoman Adrienne Kalligeros said ″money was not the problem.″

Kravis, whose firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. controls 15 companies with revenue of $40 billion, reportedly invested more than $20 million in his wife’s business.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gary Oldman pleaded innocent to driving under the influence while cruising with fellow actor Kiefer Sutherland.

If convicted, the 33-year-old star of ″Sid and Nancy″ and ″State of Grace″ could get up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Oldman was pulled over Aug. 8 after making an illegal U-turn on Sunset Boulevard. Tests showed his blood alcohol level was .17 percent, twice the legal limit, police said. His plea was entered Monday by his attorney.


SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher and actors Martin Sheen and Morgan Fairchild want videotape watchers to get off the couch and into the voting booth.

They’re appearing in public service announcements that will be included on many videotape rentals starting next summer.

Marin County video store owner Mitch Lowe and San Francisco film producer Mitch Braff designed the voter registration campaign.

Lowe said 48 million American households rent videotapes each month. About 25,000 U.S. video stores will stock voter registration forms, Lowe said.

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Martina Navratilova cried as she testified she never read the property agreement she signed with ex-girlfriend Judy Nelson.

Nelson, 45, sued the tennis star in June, claiming she reneged on the agreement in which Nelson was to get half of the estimated $5 million to $9 million Navratilova earned during their seven-year relationship.

Navratilova and Nelson met face-to-face Monday for the first time since breaking up in April. The hearing on whether Nelson’s attorney should be disqualified from the palimony case was to resume today.

″It’s not a joyride in the park,″ Navratilova said after six hours on the stand.

Mike McCurley, Navratilova’s attorney, claims that Nelson’s lawyer, Jerry Loftin, cannot represent Nelson because he helped draw up the 1986 agreement.

Loftin, who worked for Navratilova from 1985 to 1987, has said she read and understood the pact. ---

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Madonna, who plays a baseball player in her latest movie, says it’s ″really breezy″ sliding into base in a uniform with a short skirt.

Madonna stars with Geena Davis and Tom Hanks in ″A League of Their Own,″ about a women’s professional baseball league that toured the country in the 1940s when most male ballplayers were at war. The movie comes out next June.

Madonna said her character ″has a great appetite for men, life.″

Hanks, who plays a team manager, called his part ″prolonged fantasy camp.″

″You get to play baseball all day long and the chicks are provided,″ he said Monday.

″We’re beating him later,″ Madonna retorted.


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Boris Yeltsin may not be ready to join Pepsi pitchman Ray Charles in singing ″You got the right one baby, uh huh,″ but the Russian president did thank Pepsico subsidiary Pizza Hut.

When Yeltsin supporters guarded the Russian Parliament building during the coup in the Soviet Union, Pizza Hut delivered 260 pizzas, 20 cases of Pepsi and gallons of hot coffee to tide them over.

Roger Rydell, chief spokesman at Pizza Hut international headquarters here, quoted Yelstin as calling a Moscow Pizza Hut to say ″thanks for the support.″

Pizza Hut opened two restaurants in Moscow a year ago.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It’s up to a judge to decide whether Robin Williams should have shared his sexual secrets with a woman before sleeping with her.

The woman claims the actor and comedian gave her herpes.

Superior Court Judge William Cahill said Monday that before deciding whether to dismiss Michelle Tish Carter’s $6.2 million lawsuit against Williams, he must rule on whether Williams was legally obligated to tell all.

Carter, 28, sued Williams for personal injury, fraud, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Their two-year relationship ended in 1986.

Williams, 40, in a countersuit, has accused Carter of extortion. He claims she lied about having herpes, falsely claimed to be pregnant by him and demanded $20,000 and a new car to keep quiet.

Most court documents in the case were sealed. In papers recently released by Cahill, Williams’ lawyers sidestep the question of whether he has herpes, saying only that he disclosed his ″pertinent″ sexual history to Carter at the outset of their relationship.

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