Names in the News
VERONA, Italy (AP) _ An operatic version of rock’s Live Aid concert, emceed by Spanish tenor Jose Carreras and actor Christopher Lee, will raise additional funds for African famine victims after the TV rights are sold, organizers say.
About 15,000 people attended the four-hour outdoor performance at Verona’s romantic Arena on Sunday. The proceeds were not immediately announced, but an Arena spokesman said Tuesday that European and U.S. television rights and a live album will be sold.
Montserrat Caballe, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Sherryl Milnes, Rosalind Plowright, James King, Renato Bruson and Juan Pons sang well-known arias and Broadway show tunes.
BOSTON (AP) - Attorneys for actress Vanessa Redgrave have asked a federal appeals court to give her the $100,000 in damages a jury awarded her in a suit against the Boston Symphony Orchestra but later thrown out by a judge.
In a brief filed Tuesday, the lawyers said the $100,000 award - about half the British actress’s average annual earnings - was ″a reasonable one in light of the fact that Ms. Redgrave could not obtain work for more than one year″ after the orchestra canceled her contract to narrate ″Oedipus Rex.″
Ms. Redgrave filed suit after the 1982 cancellation, claiming the symphony blacklisted her because of her Palestine Liberation Organization sympathies.
District Court Judge Andrew Keeton ruled earlier this year that the symphony canceled more out of fear for the safety of the audience and performers than for political reasons.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Rock troubadour Bruce Springsteen, who is becoming almost as well known for his donations to charity as for his working- class songs, has contributed $25,000 to a food bank in his home state.
Springsteen, performing six sold-out concerts at Giants Stadium during his current ″Born in the U.S.A.″ tour, appealed to Sunday’s audience to support the Newark-based Community Food Bank.
″These organizations are doing what I’m singing about,″ said Springsteen, who now lives in Rumson. ″Without them, all we are doing up here is just words.″
Last Christmas, he gave $10,000 to the charity, which works with about 450 nonprofit groups throughout the Garden State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Director John Huston, suffering from emphysema, is in satisfactory condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a spokeswoman says.
Huston, 79, who directed this year’s hit ″Prizzi’s Honor″ as well as the Humphrey Bogart classic ″Maltese Falcon,″ was undergoing tests, hospital spokeswoman Paula Correia said Tuesday. He checked into the hospital Aug. 10.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Although some people might expect her to be militant, the daughter of jailed black South African leader Nelson Mandela says she has come to the United States to study and write about women’s issues.
At a news conference Tuesday at the University of Massachusetts, where she will study for a master’s degree, Makaziwe Phumla Mandela, 31, refused to answer more than a dozen questions about South African policies.
″I may not be political or militant and I may see some things differently from my father,″ said Ms. Mandela, quickly adding, ″I have no differences,″ when asked about political disagreements with her father.
Ms. Mandela said she last visited her father July 7. The 67-year-old Mandela has been imprisoned 21 years on charges of treason.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Prime Minister Brian Mulroney surprised passengers on a commercial CP Air flight when he strolled through tourist class to chat.
Mulroney, who had an empty $2,000-an-hour government aircraft accompany his own government jet this summer as a standby, scaled things down Tuesday on the regular Toronto-to-Vancouver flight.
Press secretary Bill Fox said Mulroney chose the commercial flight because the Boeing 737 had more room to stretch than the prime minister’s regular Challenger jet. Despite the appearance of economy, no money was likely saved because of the fares for staff and security officers, Fox said.
″It’s great, great PR,″ commented one passenger, Toronto investment adviser Murray Clodge, after Mulroney ambled down the aisle.