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October 22, 1990

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) _ Country music legend Dolly Parton doesn’t believe in formalities. It will be just fine if you call her ″Dr. D.D.″

Miss Parton received an honorary degree Sunday from Carson-Newman College, and brought down the house when she called herself ″Dr. D.D.,″ a reference to her married name, Dolly Dean, as well as her bust size.

″I’m trying very hard to hide it underneath this robe at this fine Baptist ceremony,″ she said.

The college offered the degree because of Miss Parton’s ″personal involvement in supporting education,″ said Carson-Newman President J. Cordell Maddox.

Miss Parton has established a foundation in her native Sevier County to encourage children to stay in school.

″I didn’t like school at all. I was in a big rush to get out in the world,″ she said.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - It’s not the first time Mick Fleetwood has had to say goodbye to valued band members, but he admits some soul-searching will follow the departures of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie.

″I just don’t think anyone has realized how sad it’s really going to be,″ Fleetwood said. ″It’s like a countdown to a fountain of tears that will only come the moment those last notes are played.″

Fleetwood Mac’s current tour is scheduled to end Dec. 7, marking the end of the two singers’ formal association with the band.

The two want less stress and more time to focus on their solo careers and personal affairs, Fleetwood said. There is a chance they will record an album with the group before leaving, but it’s not definite. McVie, the former wife of bassist John McVie, joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and Nicks in 1975.

The band’s remaining members - Fleetwood, bassist John McVie and guitarists Rick Vito and Billy Burnette - may continue as a scaled-down Fleetwood Mac or take on new talent, Fleetwood said.


NEW YORK (AP) - Kirstie Alley says that if ″Cheers″ hadn’t come along, Hollywood still might only think of her as the Vulcan officer in ″Star Trek II.″

″Now they see me as funny,″ Alley says in this week’s People magazine.

With comic film roles like ″Look Who’s Talking″ and ″Sibling Rivalry″ coming in, Alley says she might not renew her ″Cheers″ contract when it expires at the end of this season.

″I used to think that I was a television actress who dabbled in movies,″ she said. ″Now I like to think of myself as a movie star who also works on a TV series. ...

″I have a big ego.″


STOW-ON-THE-WOLD, England (AP) - Magistrates on Monday banned Princess Anne from driving for one month and fined her nearly $300 because she was caught speeding twice on the same road in one week.

The 40-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth II admitted driving 77 mph on Aug. 2 and 90 mph on Aug. 9 on Fosse Way, near Stow, in the scenic Cotswalds northwest of London. The speed limit is 60 mph.

Her attorney, Michael Sullivan, said she wished to ″express her regret for both offenses.″ The princess was not in court.

Buckingham Palace had no comment on Anne’s ban but said she is entitled to use the royal family’s fleet of chauffeur-driven cars.

Earlier this month, Princess Diana was given a warning for driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone near Kensington Palace in central London.


NEW YORK (AP) - Author John Updike says he has little respect for the film industry after ″Rabbit, Run″ flopped and ″Witches of Eastwick″ received mixed reviews.

But he’s willing to give Hollywood another shot and thinks ″Rabbit, Run″ star James Caan deserves consideration if a film is ever made of Updike’s latest novel, ″Rabbit at Rest,″ the fourth and final ″Rabbit″ book.

″He wasn’t bad,″ Updike said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. ″He was too short, but the face is right, kind of a wistful, rabbity, face. Why not have James Caan? He’s been aging along with the rest of us.″

Updike said he had lukewarm feelings about the adaptation of ″Witches of Eastwick,″ a 1987 film starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon.

″It had some life and the women were fun to look at. Nicholson gives it a good shot but you were aware he was trying to energize a script that nobody quite understood,″ he said.


MALIBU, Calif.(AP) - Guitarist Lee Ritenour has married Carmen Santos, a Brazilian arts envoy, in a chapel at Pepperdine University.

Ritenour, known as ″Captain Fingers″ for his guitar work, has recorded with Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, Herbie Hancock, John Denver and Natalie Cole.

Ritenour, 38, proposed to Santos one evening in Paris under the Eiffel Tower, said Bobbie Marcus, Ritenour’s publicist. They married Sunday.

The two met when Ritenour was on tour in Brazil and dated for three years.

Santos, 34, is director of the Sociedade Cultural Arte Brazil, a non-profit arts and music organization based in Sao Paolo and Los Angeles.

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