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October 17, 1986

DALLAS (AP) _ Monaco’s Princess Stephanie and movie star Rob Lowe hugged and kissed during a party to open a four-day benefit for the Princess Grace Foundation.

Princess Stephanie, Lowe, actress Brooke Shields and about 35 others attended the party Thursday night at Dallas’ Mistral nightclub.

Earlier, Lowe and the princess sat close together and kissed between appetizer courses of barbecued shrimp, blackened snapper and tenderloin at Dakota’s restaurant in Dallas.

The princess and other members of the Monaco royalty arrived in Dallas on Thursday for the Princess Grace Foundation Gala, an annual benefit for young performers. Plans for the benefit include a dance, fashion show, $1,500-a- plate dinner and a barbecue. About 1,000 supporters, many flying in from Europe, were expected.

The other members of the royal family in Dallas for the festival are Prince Rainier III, the reigning monarch; Prince Albert; Princess Caroline and her husband, Stefano Casiraghi, and two children.

Among the stars expected are Frank Sinatra, who will sing at a Saturday benefit, model Cheryl Tiegs and actors Cary Grant and Roger Moore.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rock star Prince is disbanding The Revolution, his band of the last four years, and is exploring a new direction, his publicist said Friday.

Drummer Bobby Z, guitarist Wendy Melvoin and keyboardist Lisa Coleman are leaving, according to Robyn Riggs of the Howard Bloom Organization in New York.

Bobby Z will concentrate on producing and songwriting, while Melvoin and Coleman are planning to record an album together and score a film that is to be released next year, Ms. Riggs said.

″He’s coming up with something different,″ Ms. Riggs said of the reclusive Prince. ″Nothing’s definite at this point.″

Prince, star of the movies ″Purple Rain″ and ″Under the Cherry Moon,″ last appeared with The Revolution in September.

Ms. Riggs said the decision to revamp the band was made earlier this month. ″It was mutual as far as I understand it,″ she said.


CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Concert promoter Frank J. Russo said his legal fight with pop superstar Michael Jackson and his brothers over promotion of their 1984 Victory Tour has ended.

Russo said Wednesday the agreement was reached in Los Angeles last week before a trial scheduled there next month. A district court clerk who confirmed that the suit had been settled said documents available to him gave no further information.

Russo said that under the settlement he can’t disclose the amount. He added, though, that he is ″very, very satisfied″ and has received payment.

Peter Paterno, a lawyer for the Jacksons, had no comment. Neither side admitted blame in the settlement.

At issue was whether Russo was entitled to payment for pre-tour planning his Concerts East did for the 1984 cross-country extravaganza under the assumption that he has been chosen as the tour promoter.

The tour ended up losing money for Chuck Sullivan of Foxboro, Mass., who actually promoted it, while the Jacksons made money.


HOUSTON (AP) - Mayor Kathy Whitmire will hang a trick photograph of herself with New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson to pay off a bet with talk show host David Letterman.

Letterman and Mrs. Whitmire had agreed that if the Mets beat the Houston Astros in the National League baseball playoffs, the mayor would hang a huge picture of Wilson in her office.

When the Mets won the pennant Wednesday, Mrs. Whitmire lost bets to Letterman and New York Mayor Edward I. Koch.

In her bet with Koch, Mrs. Whitmire agreed to fly an ″I Love New York″ banner at a Houston park. The flag arrived Thursday, but the mayor had not decided when to put it up.

If the Astros had won, a picture of Houston’s mayor would adorn Letterman’s set for four days and a ″Houston Proud″ flag would be raised in Central Park.

Letterman, NBC’s late-night talk show host, called the not-so-huge picture of the mayor with her arm superimposed around Wilson a ″compromise.″

″Mookie and the Mayor, it sounds sort of like an ABC sitcom,″ he said Thursday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - After 54 years, famed disc jockey Kemal Amen Kasem wants to be legally known by his radio name, Casey Kasem.

In court papers filed Thursday, the host of ″American Top 40,″ said the change would be convenient because he is universally known as ″Casey.″ A judge is to rule on the matter Dec. 5.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. says censorship isn’t on the increase, it just seems that way sometimes.

″I think it’s a disease that’s been around a long, long time, like Legionnaires’ disease, maybe, or Alzheimer’s, for which it’s only been recently recognized as such and treated,″ he said Thursday.

Vonnegut, an Indianapolis native, spoke during the dedication of the University of Evansville’s new $5 million Bower-Suhrheinrich Library.

Vonnegut’s ″Slaughterhouse-Five″ was banned and burned in Drake, N.D., in the early 1970s.

″Word of this went all around the world and I received letters of sympathy from the Soviet Union,″ Vonnegut said. ″The writers wanted to assure me, whereas my books are no longer in print in the United States, they can still be found over there.″

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