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February 6, 1987

PALISADES, N.Y. (AP) _ Actress Margot Kidder, who as Lois Lane won the Man of Steel’s heart, responded in Superman-like fashion when a candle ignited a mattress in her bedroom.

By the time police and firefighters arrived, Ms. Kidder and her sister-in- law, Joanna Kidder, had tossed the mattress from the second floor and dumped the sheets in the bathtub.

The smoldering fire at the house in Sneden’s Landing, an exclusive neighborhood where stars such as Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn also reside, was put out in minutes early Thursday, authorities said.

Ms. Kidder, who starred in two ″Superman″ movies, said the house will need a new paint job and all her clothes will have to go to the cleaners.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, whose stormy ″Moonlighting″ romance puts the spark in the ABC-TV series, have been named Man and Woman of the Year by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.

They will be honored during the 27th International Broadcasting Awards dinner March 17.

The dinner will also salute the world’s best TV and radio commercials, chosen from more than 5,000 entries from 60 nations.


BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Armand Assante will play Napoleon in next season’s six-hour TV miniseries ″Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story.″

The role of Josephine Beauharnais has not been cast, said Warner Bros. Television. David L. Wolper Productions will produce the ABC-TV miniseries in association with Warner.

The film, which spans the period from Napoleon’s field commission to general to his exile on the island of Elba, will be filmed entirely on location in France, Italy and Spain and begins production March 30, spokesman Richard Bornstein said recently.


SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (AP) - The Rev. Benjamin Weir, who was a hostage in Lebanon for 16 months, has accepted a full-time teaching post at a seminary. Weir’s wife, Carol, also accepted a teaching position at the San Francisco Theological Seminary here. The Weirs each hold a master’s degree in Christian education from the seminary.

The Presbyterian missionaries served in Lebanon for 32 years before Weir was kidnapped by Shiite Moslems in 1984. He was freed in September 1985.

Seminary president J. Randolph Taylor said Thursday the couple could offer ″brand-new turf for classroom exploration.″

″During his months of solitary confinement, Ben discovered his strength in the interior spiritual life, while Carol discovered the importance of a socially active Christian witness as she sought his release,″ Taylor said.


ATLANTA (AP) - Coretta Scott King has praised Oliver Tambo, leader of the African National Congress, for his fight against apartheid in South Africa.

″Without the involvement of the ANC, no long-range solution to the elimination of apartheid without further violence and long-range instability for the South African nation is possible,″ Mrs. King said.

The widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King met with Tambo here Thursday.


WASHINGTON (AP) - A delegation of teen-agers who voted President and Mrs. Nancy Reagan as the Americans they most admire met with the first lady to present her with a certificate.

The 11 youths represented 50 teen-agers who earlier were honored for acts of heroism, courage, integrity, compassion or public service by the Alliance for Youth Opportunity, a project of the National Women’s Economic Alliance Foundation.

″Thank you all for your courage and compassion,″ Mrs. Reagan said after Thursday’s White House ceremony. ″The president and I are very, very proud of you.″

The 11 teen-agers were: Nancy Chick, 18, Little Rock, Ark.; Diana Gomez, 18, North Miami Beach, Fla.; Billy Hanes, 17, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Will Mathews, 15, Wilton, Conn.; Beula Spencer, 18, Keams Canyon, Ariz.; Kirsten Stellaick, 16, Richfield, Minn.; Jasmin Thames, 17, New York; Wayne Theurer, 13, Houston; Kevin Wanzer, 18, Indianapolis; Kristin Elizabeth Weller, 15, Holland, Pa.; and Cherri Williams, 16, Washington.