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July 14, 1990

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was released from a hospital Saturday after being treated for exhaustion and dehydration, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 72-year-old singer was taken to the Bronovo Hospital last Monday after becoming ill in her hotel room.

Dr. Clifford Booker, a friend and physician traveling with her, said Wednesday that Ms. Fitzgerald had nearly recovered from her condition but would cancel the rest of her European tour.

Ms. Fitzgerald was billed as the headline act at this year’s North Sea Jazz Festival, which started Wednesday with a special concert in her honor. The tour also included appearances at music festivals in Montreux, Switzerland, and Antibes, France.

The spokeswoman at the Bronovo Hospital said that Ms. Fitzgerald was released Saturday morning and was returning to her Los Angeles home. The spokeswoman refused to comment on the singer’s condition.


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Newcomer Cynda Williams says she’s looking forward to her movie debut in Spike Lee’s new movie ″Mo’ Better Blues,″ even if actor Denzel Washington was snippy during shooting.

In ″Mo’ Better Blues,″ which opens Aug. 3, Williams plays a young singer drawn to a moody jazz trumpeter, played by Washington.

But Washington, who won an Oscar this year for ″Glory,″ was moody on the set and more than once reminded Williams that she was a newcomer, she said.

″In rehearsals with him, I’d say, ‘Well, I think this about my character.’ And Denzel would say, ’Well, I think you should just shut up, because you don’t know what you’re talking about,‴ she said.

Until her big break, Williams said she supported herself by keeping books for a restaurant in New York, a job she quit just two weeks ago.

″Everybody thinks once you get a movie, you’ve made it. That’s not true. You never know what will happen,″ said Williams, who earned a theater degree in 1988 from Ball State University.

The 24-year-old actress was in Muncie recently to speak to the city’s black students.


TOKYO (AP) - Leonard Bernstein had to bow out as conductor of a concert of young musicians from Pacific countries Saturday because of fatigue, sponsors said.

The 72-year-old composer was told by his doctor to rest 48 hours to recuperate from exhaustion, said a spokesman for the Pacific Music Festival Center, which is sponsoring Bernstein’s trip to Japan.

The spokesman, who asked not to be identified, said Bernstein did not require hospitalization. He would not discuss details of his illness.

Other conductors would take Bernstein’s place, he said.

Bernstein was in Japan to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and to teach at a two-week festival for young musicians from 23 countries bordering the Pacific.


AOSTA, Italy (AP) - How does Pope John Paul II get away from it all?

He sleeps ″late,″ until 6 a.m., hikes for hours on Alpine trails and before the day’s light fades, reads a little German poetry outdoors. That’s a typical day of the papal holiday.

Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro on Saturday told reporters how the pope was spending his 10-day vacation in Val d’Aosta in the Italian Alps, which began Wednesday.

After an hour of morning prayer alone, the pope, with walking stick and a thermos of water and sometimes accompanied by a mountain guide, takes to the trails. At noon he stops for prayer and a light lunch, perhaps an onion omelette, cheese, a peach and an apple.

Navarro said the pope brought with him from the Vatican several history books and a volume of German poetry, but the spokesman did not give the titles.

The 70-year-old pope, an avid hiker in the mountains of his native Poland, has treked to altitudes as high as 8,000 feet, Navarro said.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Foreclosure proceedings against county music star Tammy Wynette were dropped after the singer made a substantial payment on the $1.5 million estate, an attorney said.

The proceedings began this month after Ms. Wynette was late in making her mortgage payment, said her attorney, Ralph Gordon. A local bank had already approved a loan to allow her to pay off the mortgage for the eight-acre estate, he said.

Robert Doyle, an attorney for the estate’s previous owners, Mo and Naomi Lytle, said the proceedings were dropped Friday after Ms. Wynette paid an undisclosed amount.

Ms. Wynette had been hospitalized last week with bronchitis but was resting at home Saturday. The singer went to the emergency room of Breech Medical Center in Lebanon, Mo., and later transferred to a hospital in Nashville, said a spokesman for her record label, Epic Records.

Ms. Wynette, 48, canceled a performance Saturday in Branson, Mo., because of the illness.

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