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People in the News

August 19, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bliss it is. According to the latest tabloid reports, the Jackson-Presley union has not been torn asunder.

``There is no truth ... whatsoever,″ to rumors that Elvis’ daughter wants to divorce the King of Pop, her publicist, Tamy Soussana, told the New York Daily News for a Saturday story.

``She is very happy with Michael and it’s totally false information. Even she was surprised to hear about it,″ Soussana said.

The Daily Mirror of London fueled the rumors, reporting that Presley-Jackson was so angry over the singer’s recent trip to Paris with two young boys that she wants a divorce after just 15 months of marriage.

Jackson, who spent millions last year to settle a lawsuit alleging he molested a 13-year-old boy, denied the divorce rumors as ``tabloid garbage.″


DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ A bar manager has joined the Kennedy clan.

Kym Kennedy Smith, 22-year-old daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith, married Alfie Tucker on Saturday.

The couple met last year at Lillie’s Bordello, the Dublin nightclub Tucker manages.

The bride’s uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., walked her down the aisle at the University Church on St. Stephen’s Green in central Dublin.

William Kennedy Smith, brother of the bride, was groomsman, and her elder sister Amanda was a bridesmaid.

The bride, who was born to Vietnamese parents, and her sister were adopted by Mrs. Smith and her late husband, Stephen E. Smith. The Kennedy Smiths have another son, Stephen Jr.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dave Gahan, lead singer of the techno-pop rock group Depeche Mode, was admitted to a Beverly Hills hospital for an undisclosed reason.

``At this point I have to say it’s a personal matter,″ his publicist Michael Pagnotta said on Friday. ``He hopes to be released soon. Beyond that, we’re not discussing it.″

Gahan, 33, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday morning, Pagnotta said.

The band is known for such songs as ``People are People″ and ``Personal Jesus.″ It was nominated for a Grammy in the Music Video-Long Form category for ``Devotional″ earlier this year.


PORTOFINO, Italy (AP) _ The exclusive resort of Portofino, famous for drawing a glittering roll call of pleasure seekers, welcomed Saturday one of the glitziest of all _ Ivana Trump.

The ex-wife of American multimillionaire Donald Trump cruised into this port in northwest Italy on board an 89-foot yacht bearing her name.

Also on deck was Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzuchelli. The couple had planned to marry in June, but the ceremony was put off and no new date has been publicly announced.

Dressed casually _ but impeccably _ the pair strolled in Portofino’s charming square before settling down to lunch in a harborside restaurant.


NEW YORK (AP) _ People recognize Estelle Harris when she goes grocery shopping, but they’re not always sure from where.

Mrs. Harris, who plays George Costanza’s mom on ``Seinfeld,″ says it doesn’t take them long to figure it out.

``At the supermarket, they’ll come up and say, `Are you George’s mother?′ When I open my mouth, they know,″ the 5-foot-3 actress says in People magazine’s Aug. 28 edition.

Jason Alexander, who plays George, said his real mom and his TV mom have a lot in common.

``They’re both little ladies, they’re both redheads and they both have this fervor for life,″ he said.

Jerry Stiller, who plays George’s father, shares that fervor with his sitcom spouse.

``We play our scenes like opera,″ he says. ``With bravado and screaming and hollering.″