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March 15, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ Actor Don Johnson, recently reunited with ex-wife, Melanie Griffith, says there are no hard feelings between his girlfriends past and present - in fact, they’re as close as kin.

″We all consider each other family,″ Johnson said in April’s Fame magazine. ″Patti (D’Arbanville)’s part of the family. Miss Pamela (Des Barres) is part of the family. Barbra (Streisand) is part of the family.″

Johnson and D’Arbanville have a son, Jesse, and he had highly publicized romances with Des Barres and Streisand.

Griffith and Johnson are expecting a child and have announced plans to remarry.

The actor shares similar familial feelings toward the cast and staff of ″Miami Vice,″ the show that propelled him to stardom.

″We’ve all grown together. And I’m going to miss them,″ said Johnson. ″I’m gonna miss the whole experience, whenever it does end. These guys have stood by me in some very rough times.″


NEW YORK (AP) - Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione testified that a former ″Pet of the Year″ who is suing him for $10 million was a potential Marilyn Monroe whom he had rescued from a life of crime.

Guccione said Tuesday that Anneka DiLorenzo, who alleges breach of contract, sexual harassment and fraud, approached him at age 20, eager to pose nude for Penthouse after seeing the publisher on a talk show.

Ms. DiLorenzo, whose real name is Marjorie Thoreson, was signed to his company’s first management contract in 1974, Guccione said. She became the magazine’s 1975-76 ″Pet of the Year.″

Guccione cast her in his sexually explicit movie ″Caligula,″ which Ms. DiLorenzo now says was a pornographic film that ruined her career. For Ms. DiLorenzo’s role, Guccione paid for surgery to have her breasts enlarged.

″I thought it was a leg up on prostitution in Las Vegas, stealing cars, writing bum checks and building up a life of crime,″ Guccione testified. He said he cast her in the movie because sexually she was ″extremely adroit″ and ″perfect for the part.″

Guccione cited three actresses who appeared nude early in their careers and became cinema sex symbols - Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Hedy Lamarr.

″I felt Anneka could emerge as the sex symbol of her time,″ he said.

Ms. DiLorenzo’s lawyer, Murray Schwartz, told state Judge Elliott Wilk that Guccione ″is probably one of the leading pornographers in the United States.″ ---

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Corbin Bernsen, who portrays a playboy divorce lawyer on ″L.A. Law,″ and his actress-wife Amanda Pays have become parents of a baby boy.

″The baby is healthy,″ said Ron Wise, a spokesman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. ″The parents were ecstatic.″

The baby, whose name was not immediately released, was born Monday weighing 7-pounds 12-ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches, Wise said.

Bernsen, 43, plays Arnie Becker on the popular NBC-TV show. Miss Pays, 30, co-starred on the old ″Max Headroom″ television show and stars in the soon- to-be-released film ″Leviathan.″ The two were married late last year.


ROME (AP) - Pope John Paul II, an outdoor enthusiast, went skiing in the Apennine mountains in central Italy, state television reported.

The RAI network reported that the pontiff, who hiked and went skiing frequently in his youth in Poland, took to the slopes Tuesday at Campo Felice, a popular ski area 1 1/2 -hours from Rome.

Two years ago, the pope took a few runs in the Apennines at the winter resort of Ovindoli. In July 1984, he went skiing with then-President Sandro Pertini near Trento in the northern Dolomite mountains.


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Pop star Michael Jackson, a circus fan, is going to the big top today and taking 200 disadvantaged children with him, a spokesman said.

Jackson wanted to extend a friendly hand to his new neighbors, publicist Lee Solters said Tuesday.

Jackson moved about a year ago to a 2,700-acre ranch in the nearby Santa Ynez Valley, where he has room for his menagerie of monkeys, llamas, snakes, birds and barnyard animals.

His special guests for Circus Vargas will include students from St. Vincent’s Home for Dysfunctional Children and kids from the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, which provides emotional support to children of low- income, single-parent families.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sentencing for Cher’s boyfriend was postponed because of a dispute over where he should perform community service for smashing a photographer’s camera.

Municipal Court Judge Ronald Schoenberg indicated he will order Rob Camilletti, 24, to pay $1,050 in fines, make restitution, do 300 hours of community service and serve 24 months probation, said City Attorney’s Office spokesman Mike Qualls.

Schoenberg reset sentencing for April 4 after meeting Tuesday with Deputy City Attorney Renee Laurents and defense lawyer John Forbes. Ms. Laurents said the defense wants Camilletti to perform community service in New York, where he lives.

Camilletti pleaded no contest Feb. 28 to two counts of vandalism. He was accused of trying to run down free-lance photographer Peter Brandt with his Ferrari and smashing his camera outside Cher’s home Benedict Canyon home last July.

Cher, 42, and Camilletti, a former bagel maker, pizza chef and bartender, have been companions since meeting at a New York nightclub on her 40th birthday.


LONDON (AP) - Longtime James Bond star Roger Moore said it wasn’t just fears about his baritone voice that led him to give up a leading role in the latest Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

″Actually, I think the voice would have stood up,″ Moore said Tuesday in a BBC radio interview. ″It’s just the whole technical thing that would not have. It was a question of counting time and when to come in and go out and finding those notes out of the air.″

Moore had been rehearsing six weeks for the part of suave and dashing George Dillingham in ″Aspects of Love,″ which opens next month.

″I have had awful nightmares, really terrible,″ the 61-year-old actor said.

His replacement has not been announced, but Albert Finney and Denis Quilley had been mentioned for the part.

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