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August 15, 1990

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Marlon Brando’s son was freed on $2 million bail Wednesday after 90 days in jail on charges he killed his sister’s boyfriend.

″It’s good to be out,″ said Christian Brando, 32. ″I’m just going to go home and try to straighten this out.″

He was greeted outside the Los Angeles County Jail by his father and brother Miko, as well as girlfriend Lorene Landon Coughlin.

″It’s a very special moment, a moment I have long looked forward to,″ said Marlon Brando. ″I’m proud to have my son out of jail.″

The actor put up his $5 million estate in the hills above Los Angeles as collateral for the bail, which was reduced from $10 million.

Christian Brando pleaded innocent to murdering Dag Drolett, 26, at the Brando estate May 16. He had been jailed since the shooting.

After the shooting, Brando’s daughter, Cheyenne, 20, gave birth to Drolett’s son in Tahiti, where she reportedly remains.

Outside the courthouse Wednesday, Marlon Brando said ″the best I could hope for is accidental manslaughter″ at his son’s trial.

Christian Brando is the son of the actor and his first wife, Anna Kashfi. The couple divorced in 1960.


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Actress Glenn Close missed a press conference because she was losing her voice, but was back on the set Wednesday of the television movie ″Sarah, Plain and Tall.″

Close, who is also executive producer of the Hallmark Hall of Fame show, bowed out of a press briefing Tuesday night because she’d been up since 6 a.m. and was losing her voice, said Russ Patrick, a Hallmark spokesman.

Miss Close was back on the set at the Stuhr Museum on Wednesday, said Lew Cole, the museum’s public relations director.

The museum’s Railroad Town became Hays, Kan., circa 1910, this week when Miss Close and actor Christopher Walken arrived to film portions of the movie, which will air on CBS this winter.

Miss Close has been nominated for an Academy Award five times. Her films include ″Fatal Attraction,″ ″Dangerous Liaisons,″ and ″The Big Chill.″

Walken starred in ″The Deer Hunter.″


LONDON (AP) - Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, quietly celebrated her 40th birthday Wednesday with her children.

Anne, who is separated from her husband, Mark Phillips, spent the day with son Peter, 12, and daughter Zara, 9, at Gatcombe Park, their estate in western England, said a Buckingham Palace spokesman.

The princess was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last week for her work for poor children around the world.


NEW YORK (AP) - Bert Parks has buried the hatchet with the Miss America Pageant and will sing at the contest’s 70th anniversary show this year.

Parks, 75, will sing ″There She Is,″ the theme song he made famous, to a parade of former Miss Americas.

Parks was fired in January 1980 after hosting the Miss America Pageant for 25 years. Then-pageant director Albert Marks Jr., who died last year, said Parks was too old at age 65 to continue.

During the anniversary show, the new Miss America will be serenaded by Gary Collins, who will remain the pageant co-host with Phyllis George.

Parks said he was ″not crazy about that″ and that the decision to have Collins sing was made for ″contractual reasons.″

Parks appeared at a news conference with Dorothy Benham, Miss America 1977, and Leonard Horn, chief executive officer at the Miss America Organization.

They symbolically buried a hatchet in a cake that read, ″Welcome back Bert. Miss America Pageant 1990.″

It hasn’t been decided whether Parks will appear at later pageants, Horn said.


LONDON (AP) - Princess Diana’s official visit to Pakistan next month has been postponed, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had invited Diana, but last week Pakistan’s President Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismissed Bhutto and declared a state of emergency.

The Sept. 17-20 trip would have been Diana’s first solo journey to a British Commonwealth country. It was canceled by mutual agreement, said a palace spokesman, who added that the princess was ″naturally disappointed.″

Diana, 29, is married to Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne.

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