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February 16, 1989

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A Cincinnati Zoo cheetah which often is taken to visit school classes or to meet with VIPs is meeting this weekend with Britain’s Prince Charles in Florida.

Angel, an 8-year-old cheetah escorted on a leash by zoo handler Cathryn Hilker, is to meet the prince during a weekend of events including benefits to raise funds for Friends of Conservation to save endangered animas in east Africa.

Also to be introduced from the Cincinnati Zoo is Fiera the ocelot, a spotted wild cat from South America, accompanied by zoo staffer Cathy Tompson.

″The ocelot has become endangered because of the pet craze,″ Ms. Hilker said. ″When trappers find baby ocelots, they kill the mother to take the babies for pet stores.″

Socializing with celebrities isn’t new for Angel. The cheetah has already met actor Jimmy Stewart, former U.S. Interior Secretary Donald Hodel, and Manuel Esquivel, prime minister of the Central American country of Belize.

″Angel is bored by everybody,″ her trainer said. ″It’s as if she’s saying, ’Oh, gosh, here they come again.‴


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Surgeons inserted a pin in the shoulder of actor James Caan, and he should be released from St. Johns Hospital and Medical Center in a week, his publicist said Thursday.

Caan, who broke four ribs and suffered a separated shoulder when he crashed his motorcycle Sunday, was in good spirits, said Paul Bloch.

″He had a screw put in his left shoulder,″ said Bloch. ″They expect another week of hospitalization.″

Caan, 48, was headed to lunch in Santa Monica with three motorcycle buddies when a car swerved in their path, said Bloch. Caan grabbed too hard on the brakes and was tossed over the handlebars, he said.


LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II likes to dance to the rock ‘n’ roll song ″Rock Around the Clock,″ pop star Phil Collins was quoted as saying Thursday.

″She’s not a bad jiver as it goes,″ Collins was quoted as telling Insight magazine.

Buckingham Palace would not comment.

Collins, who socializes with members of Britain’s royal family, was quoted as saying he saw the 62-year-old queen dancing at Prince Charles’ 40th birthday party last year.

″I saw the Queen dancing to ’Rock Around The Clock,‴ he was quoted as saying. ″I was with Elton John and he said he usually dances with her on that song.″


WAIKOLOA, Hawaii (AP) - Soviet comedian Yakov Smirnoff and Linda Dreeszen were married on a Hawaii Island cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The new Mrs. Smirnoff, 27, arrived for Tuesday’s ceremony in a helicopter, which the couple used to depart on the first leg of their honeymoon, according to Smirnoff’s public relations company David Kramer & Associates.

Smirnoff, 38, and his wife will ski at Deer Valley, Utah, and then take a seven-day Caribbean cruise before returning to their home in Hollywood Hills, Calif., the company said.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Gilda Radner should be out of the hospital next week after surgery to correct complications of cancer treatment, a hospital spokesman said.

Miss Radner, 42, was in fair condition after the surgery Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said the spokesman, Ron Wise. Her comic-actor husband Gene Wilder, 53, was with her, Wise said.

Wise called the surgery routine and said it corrected complications stemming from cancer treatment Miss Radner had last year. He declined to give precise information.

Miss Radner, an original ″Saturday Night Live″ cast member, had successfully battled ovarian cancer, diagnosed in 1986.

″The surgery definitely wasn’t related to any malignancies,″ Wise said. ″Her physicians wanted her to wait until she was feeling good and was strong enough. She’s planning a book tour soon, so she decided to have it done before the tour.″

The actress was expected to launch her book, ″It’s Always Something,″ after her recovery.

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