People in the News
LONDON (AP) _ Jerry Hall’s long legs and blond hair helped her snag a role as Betty Grable _ on the BBC.
``Like the character she plays, she is blonde, sexy, has a sharp sense of humor _ and the legs to carry it off,″ said Olivia Landsberg of Rewind Production, the show’s director, without specifying how those attributes would help a radio production.
The Texas-born Hall, wife of Mick Jagger, will play Grable on a British Broadcasting Corp. radio biography to be broadcast in September.
Grable, whose legs were insured for a million dollars, was the most popular pinup girl for American soldiers fighting overseas in World War II. She retired from acting and modeling in the 1950s and died in 1973.
NEW YORK (AP) _ The King of Pop and the Mayor of New York got together to sing the city’s praises _ and announce nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani seized the chance to crow that the ceremony is back in New York for the second year in a row, after losing out to Los Angeles for seven years straight.
And Jackson confirmed he will perform his only concert this year Dec. 10, at an as-yet unchosen place in New York City.
Why did he choose New York for the concert, which will be filmed and shown on HBO? ``I love New York,″ the Gloved One gushed.
The awards show will be held Sept. 7 at Radio City Music Hall.
Jackson’s video ``Scream″ received 11 nominations including best video, more than any other artist. Other multiple nominees included TLC with 10 and Green Day with nine.
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) _ The lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears shocked an audience in this heavily Jewish suburb with a flip remark about the Holocaust.
Halfway through the show at Marshbank Park, David Clayton-Thomas provoked gasps from the crowd of about 3,000 when he said it was ``as hot as the last train car going to Auschwitz,″ The Oakland Press of Pontiac reported Tuesday.
West Bloomfield Township is home to many of the Detroit area’s 97,000 Jews.
Concert organizer Judith Share-Vine was at the show with her husband, George, an Auschwitz survivor. She called the remark ``a very stupid thing to say.″
About 3 million Jews died at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during World War II.
Share-Vine said Clayton-Thomas’ manager, Vincent Riccobono, apologized to her during the show Saturday, and told her he had spoken strongly to the singer.
Clayton-Thomas did not apologize during the show. Nat Burgess, an agent for the band in New York City, said he was surprised by the remark and first heard of it Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Cavorting on film with porn star Marilyn Chambers has made life a little too hot for a decorated fireman.
In the R-rated ``Bikini Bistro,″ William Bresnan plays a restaurant critic seduced by Chambers, who starred in pornographic films in the 1970s.
Both appear bare-chested in the pay-per-view film showing on cable systems nationwide, the Daily News reported Tuesday.
Bresnan remains on active duty while the Fire Department investigates whether he broke rules by taking the job, spokesman Bob Leonard said. He declined to comment on the film.
The fourth-generation firefighter, who is married and has a child, won a medal for a rescue during the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
He could be suspended or fired.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) _ After journeying across the nation by highway and by river, novelist William Least Heat-Moon prefers the latter.
``The most overwhelming thing is the hope I feel for this country after seeing it from the rivers,″ he said over the weekend at the end of a raft journey down the Salmon River. ``When I drive across it I say, `Oh God, how will we survive?‴
Heat-Moon, of Columbia, Mo., is traveling from New York to Astoria, Ore., using a 22-foot dory and a 17-foot canoe, and has covered 5,000 miles so far.
The author of ``Blue Highways,″ for which he drove the nation’s less-traveled highways, Heat-Moom plans to use his river experiences as the basis for another book.
Heat-Moon says he’s glad that great stretches of the rivers remain undeveloped and that water quality has improved in many places.
``Let’s face it. Life depends upon water,″ he said. ``To abuse our water is to abuse our lives.″