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January 6, 1987

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ Actress Stephanie Beacham, who plays the reigning villainess on ABC’s ″The Colbys,″ says her failed marriage taught her to treat men like playthings instead of necessities.

″I will never, ever rely on another man. This is one of my reasons for wanting a financially successful career,″ the British actress says in next week’s edition of TV Guide.

Ms. Beacham, who has two children with actor John McEnery, said McEnery left shortly after the birth of their 9-year-old daughter. The two remain legally separated.

″I admit to a great weakness for you men, but simply because my need is there, it doesn’t mean I can rely on you, or expect anything of you,″ she says. ″I regard you as more my diversion or my plaything - not the mainstream of my financial or emotion nourishment.″


OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Rock star Gregg Allman was released from jail two days earlier than expected on a five-day sentence for drunken driving after agreeing to perform for local high school students.

The 38-year-old performer will perform at a graduation party for five Marion County high schools May 30 to fulfill a community service requirement, his attorney, Mike Johnson, said after Allman was released Monday.

″Some people think we’re giving him special treatment,″ said County Judge Hale Stancil. ″But the community’s benefiting from it.″

Allman, who lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast in Bradenton, was arrested by Belleview police Sept. 4 and pleaded no contest to drunken driving three weeks ago. His driver’s license was revoked for six months and he was ordered to take an alcohol and drug safety course.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Energetic rocker Bruce Springsteen can count more than one-fourth the nation’s adult population among his fans, a survey shows.

Pollster Louis Harris pegged Springsteen’s popularity on a telephone survey conducted Nov. 26-Dec. 2 that showed 27 percent of U.S. adults questioned consider themselves Springsteen fans.

The survey was conducted among a cross-section of 1,250 people nationwide, with a statistical precision of plus or minus 3 percentage points, Harris said.

A Harris release said 46 percent of those questioned had a positive impression of Springsteen and that the survey indicated he is popular for his hard-rocking music and ″his apparent caring about the less fortunate.″

Springsteen contributed thousands of dollars to food banks in each city he played last year.


HONOLULU (AP) - Frank Sinatra is helping Tom Selleck track down a killer.

The singer has begun filming a guest appearance on Selleck’s television series ″Magnum, P.I.″

″All we want to give away of the storyline is that he plays a retired New York police officer who has come to Hawaii to find a killer and he teams up with Magnum,″ a spokeswoman for the series, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Monday.

The episode featuring Sinatra is expected to air in February, the spokeswoman said.

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