People in the News
Nov. 05, 1990
LONDON (AP) _ Actress Sarah Brightman was granted a divorce Monday from Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of theatrical hits including ''Cats'' and ''Aspects of Love.''
Judge Clive Callman granted the divorce, after six years of marriage, on the uncontested grounds that Lloyd Webber, 42, had committed adultery.
In spite of the divorce, Miss Brightman, 30, is scheduled to take over the role of Rose in the Broadway production of ''Aspects of Love.''
Lloyd Webber has said he intends to marry his girlfriend, Madeleine Gurdon, as soon as the divorce is finalized, which usually takes up to six weeks.
Neither Lloyd Webber nor Ms. Brightman, his second wife, were in court for the hearing, which lasted less than a minute.
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Former Olympic figure skater Tai Babilonia says realizing she isn't perfect was the most important lesson she learned after recovering from a suicide attempt two years ago.
''If something went wrong out on the ice, I'd get down on myself for it,'' she said. ''I finally realized that life is too short to live like that. Now I understand that if something goes wrong, you've got the next night to get it right.
''You don't have to get it perfect every time out.''
Miss Babilonia, who with Randy Gardner won the world pairs championships in 1979, has been recovering from drug and alcohol abuse following an attempted suicide in 1988. Her story was turned into a television movie that was being broadcast Monday night on NBC.
Miss Babilonia said she still wants to skate on television specials and at charity events. But she wants skating to be a smaller part of her life.
''I've been skating for 25 years and I want to move on to other things now,'' she said.
MILAN, Italy (AP) - The Vienna Philharmonic has invited Italian maestro Riccardo Muti, musical director at the La Scala opera house, to conduct major concerts in 1992.
Orchestra president Werner Resel said Monday that Muti will conduct the ensemble on the occasion of its 150-year celebration and in the traditional New Year's concert on Jan. 1, 1993.
The cooperation between Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic also will feature an ambitious recording project of all of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas, Franz Schubert's symphonies and various symphonies of Robert Schumann.
TORONTO (AP) - Drawings the late John Lennon made while he and Yoko Ono brought their peace protest to Canada are returning to the city for an exhibition.
The one-monthy at The Animation Gallery Ltd., which opens Nov. 9, includes the simple but sexually explicit line drawings from the Bag One Suite in a hotel where they camped in a protest of the bad things in the world.
Britain's Scotland Yard confiscated the drawings in 1970 for being pornographic.
''And now we're in an age where Jesse Helms is trying to suppress all kinds of artwork, so nothing's really changed,'' says Ono, referring to the U.S. senator who blocked federal arts grants for an exhibit of photos by Robert Mapplethorpe.
''I don't know what politicians think (about Lennon's art), but I know ordinary people are far more sophisticated and accepting of it,'' she said.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the rock superstar's birth and the 10th anniversary of his death. He was gunned down in New York City on Dec. 8, 1980.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The rap group 2 Live Crew, which beat obscenity charges in Florida, let the fans say the ''bad'' words during the group's latest concert appearance.
Group leader Luther Campbell and his rappers presented the adult versions of their songs, including ''As Nasty As They Wanna Be,'' but let a crowd do most of the dirty work for them Saturday after rapping out innocuous lead-ins.
''You all are doing the dirty show,'' Campbell said. ''We're trying to give a PG show. You want to go to jail?''
A Florida jury acquitted the rap group of obscenity charges on Oct. 20.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - More than 400 people crowded into the pews to hear the Rev. Jeb Stuart Magruder, one of the Watergate conspirators, deliver his first sermon as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.
Magruder, 55, said that if ''people came because of Watergate, that's great.'' He said he hoped the crowd would benefit from his words.
During his 25-minute sermon Sunday, the new senior minister at First Presbyterian talked briefly about Watergate and the painful process of searching for himself.
He said memory of the past, however painful, is ''everything for a people of faith.''
He came to the $77,000-a-year job in Lexington from Columbus, Ohio, where he had been executive minister at the First Community Church.
He pleaded guilty in 1973 to conspiracy and perjury charges stemming from the break-in at offices of the Democratic Party at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. He entered a Presbyterian seminary after serving seven months in a prison.