NEW YORK (AP) _ Singer Liza Minnelli says her two miscarriages were probably a blessing, because they came when she was addicted to drugs.

''My God, you know how lucky I am,'' Minnelli said in an interview being published this Sunday in Parade magazine.

''That child could have been very sick,'' she said. ''I've seen children who were born to people on drugs. Even though you stop taking everything when you're pregnant, that stuff stays in your system.''

Now, she says, having a child is ''one of my hopes for the future ... especially knowing that I'm OK and that I won't hurt a little baby.'' She is married to Mark Gero.

Miss Minnelli, who was treated at the Betty Ford Center, said her 10-year- long dependence was to alcohol and drugs.


NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin, the first lady of soul music, has become the first woman chosen for induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The singer, whose 1960s hits include ''Respect,'' ''Chain of Fools'' and ''Dr. Feelgood,'' was among 15 artists selected from 40 nominees this year. Ten people were inducted last year.

Other inductees were Bo Diddley, Smokey Robinson, Roy Orbison, the Coasters, B.B. King and Carl Perkins. Posthumous honorees were Bill Haley, Muddy Waters, Marvin Gaye, Joe Turner, Rick Nelson, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran and Jackie Wilson.

The selections were announced Wednesday by the Rock 'n' Roll Foundation. The new inductees will be honored at a black tie gala Jan. 21 in New York City.

Cleveland has been chosen as the site of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, but construction has not started.

The original inductees were Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.


NEW YORK (AP) - Gloria Steinem, feminist and editor of Ms. Magazine, has agreed to be host of a daily television talk show to premiere in the fall of 1987, said producers planning the new show.

Ms. Steinem, a contributing correspondent on NBC's ''Today Show,'' said she will continue as editor of the magazine she co-founded, and is looking forward to the TV project announced Wednesday.

PBL Productions, an Australian TV and film production company, said it expects to complete taping the pilot for ''The Ms. Show'' by the end of December, but distribution arrangements for the show are incomplete.


LONDON (AP) - Novelists Kazuo Isiguro, Timothy Mo, and Canadian writers Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood are among the nominees for the 1986 Booker Prize in British fiction.

The $21,600 annual prize will be awarded on Oct. 22 for the best new novel of 1986 by a five-judge panel, which chose the six novels announced Wednesday from 127 submitted by 47 publishers.

Ishiguro, 32, nominated for his novel ''An Artist of the Floating World,'' was born in Nagasaki and brought to England by his family when he was 6 years old.

Hong Kong-born Mo, 36, cited for his ''An Insular Possession,'' also was nominated in 1982.

Davies was nominated for his novel ''What's Bred in the Bone,'' and Margaret Atwood for ''The Handmaid's Tale.''

The other two nominees are Britons Kingsley Amis, nominated for ''The Old Devils,'' and Paul Bailey for ''Gabriel's Lament.''


HONOLULU (AP) - Barbara Rose Riley of New Zealand was named Mrs. World 1987 in the third annual Mrs. of the World Pageant at Waikiki Beach.

Mrs. Riley, 21, who has been married less than two years, was selected Wednesday from among married women representing 39 countries from around the world.

The pageant, with actor Richard Dawson and entertainer Vicki Carr as hosts, included swimsuit, evening gown and international costume competitions.

Mrs. Riley, who won a $5,000 top prize, a mink coat, a wardrobe of fashions and jewelry and a year of travel and personal apperances around the world, was crowned by Astrid de Navia of Cali, Colombia, the 1986 Mrs. World.

First runner-up was Erendira de Luna of Mexico and Israel's Pinchi Mor was second runner-up. Third runner-up was Sylvia Lopez of Venezuela and Mrs. America, Cynthia Amann of Florida, was fourth runner-up.

The pageant held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel was videotaped for nationwide broadcast at a later date.


HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - A man convicted of drunken driving in an accident in which entertainer Cher was slightly injured was given two years' probation and ordered to participate in an alcohol education program.

Floyd Hardwick, 48, of Boston was arrested Aug. 2 after his car crashed into a car in which Cher was riding. Cher's car struck another car, which in turn hit a fourth car, police said.

Cher, 40, was shaken up by the accident but was discharged from the hospital after X-rays of a possible back injury.

She was returning to a Cambridge hotel from Cohasset from filming the movie, ''The Witches of Eastwick.''

Hardwick also was given probation Wednesday on one count of driving to endanger.