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July 9, 1990

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Zsa Zsa Gabor has parted with the Rolls-Royce she was driving when she had her infamous confrontation with a Beverly Hills policeman.

The 1979 Rolls-Royce Corniche sold for $90,000 at an auction Sunday.

Gabor sat in the convertible and patted the door affectionately as auctioneers drove up the price Sunday.

″I don’t like giving it up,″ she said after Leo Dutran of Boston was announced the winning bidder.

The 72-year-old actress was convicted of slapping a motorcycle officer during a traffic stop last year in Beverly Hills. She was sentenced to three days in jail and community service at a homeless shelter.

Another car sold Sunday was a 1957 Ford owned by ″Dallas″ star Larry Hagman. It was bought by Richard Crane of Dallas for $37,500.

″I’ve got nine cars and my wife told me I had to sell one of them,″ Hagman said.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky may be one of the fastest men on ice, but apparently he gets stuck in traffic like everybody else, so he’s looking to move closer to work.

Gretzky has put his Encino-area estate on the market for $3.25 million and is looking for a place closer to the Great Western Forum, which is a dozen miles away in Inglewood.

″He wants to move closer to where he practices,″ said Asher Dann, who has the listing on Gretzky’s home.

The arena is home to Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings. ″The Great One″ has lived in the house since joining the team two years ago.

The home was built in 1939 and once was owned by Oscar-winning actress Teresa Wright. The 7,000-square-foot main house has six bedrooms and five bathrooms.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Gene Hackman has been released from a hospital after he narrowly avoided a heart attack.

Denise Tomasovic, spokeswoman for St. Vincent Hospital & Health Center, said Sunday the 60-year-old actor was released Saturday.

Hackman, who lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., checked into the hospital Tuesday with pain in his chest and arm. He had been vacationing in Oregon after completing a movie in Europe called ″Dinosaur.″

An artery leading to Hackman’s heart had narrowed dangerously and doctors had to dilate it with a balloon catheter.

Dr. Herbert Semler, the cardiologist who treated him, said the actor was in good health and could resume his active life.

Hackman’s most acclaimed role was the rough-and-tumble narcotics cop Popeye Doyle in 1971′s ″The French Connection.″ He won an Oscar for that performance.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pearl Bailey will undergo surgery Wednesday to replace her left knee.

The 72-year-old entertainer was scheduled to enter Pennsylvania Hospital today for a two-week stay, said hospital spokeswoman Laura Feragen.

Bailey suffers degenerative arthritis, in which the cartilage covering the ends of bones and joints wears away, causing the bones to rub together painfully, Ms. Feragen said.

Ms. Bailey began her singing career in nightclubs and theaters in Philadelphia in the 1930s before moving on to Broadway, where she won a Tony for her role in ″Hello, Dolly.″


YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Researchers already are complaining about censorship at Richard Nixon’s presidential library, which opens this month.

The privately run library will lack a full set of memos, letters and other documents from Nixon’s White House years because the originals are in government custody, and Nixon has chosen to copy only those he considers important to the library.

″Who knows what the Nixon people have screened out?″ said Stanley Kutler, a Wisconsin history professor who recently published a book on the Watergate scandal.

The library’s director, Hugh Hewitt, said every document of any importance, including many relating to Watergate, will be in the library.

He also said the library will pick and choose researchers and that Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter Bob Woodward probably would not be allowed to study there.

″He’s not a responsible journalist,″ Hewitt said.

Woodward, now the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, said the suggestion that he or others would be kept out ″demonstrates that the library will be part of a continuing cover-up.″

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