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November 4, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ Game show fans converged on Radio City Music Hall for an unusual chance to see such ″Hollywood Squares″ personalities as Joan Rivers, Lynn Redgrave and The Fat Boys.

Robert Oswaks, a vice president with Orion Television Syndication, the company that distributes the show, said the two weeks worth of ″Hollywood Squares″ being filmed Tuesday and today were being taped in front of the largest audiences in game-show history in the 5,882 seat theater.

″We’re going for the Guinness Book of Records,″ Oswaks said.

For a normal filming in Hollywood, 100 to 200 people are in the audience.

The shows are for broadcast the weeks beginning Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. The show is based on tic-tac-toe.

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BELLEVUE, Pa. (AP) - ″Wheel of Fortune″ personalities Vanna White and Pat Sajak proved to be too much for a telephone switching center serving 20,000 suburban Pittsburgh residents.

Television station WPXI-TV, which carries the game show in Pittsburgh, offered auditions for the show to the first 100 callers and hired a service that had only seven phone lines available to handle the calls.

″We’re estimating that in less than 90 minutes, between 75,000 and 100,000 attempts were made,″ Bell of Pennsylvania spokesman Noah Halper said Tuesday.

″It completely fouled up the Bellevue office, so the 20,000 people served by that office weren’t getting through and people calling to Bellevue were also getting blocked,″ he said.

WPXI planned to continue the promotion through the week, and after learning of Monday’s trouble Bell technicians installed safeguards to prevent another overload, Halper said.

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - Conductor Carlos Kleiber, whose concerts in Rome drew raves from critics, will not conduct Giacomo Puccini’s opera ″La Boheme″ due to illness, the Florence Communale theater said.

The theater gave no details Tuesday about what it called ″serious health reasons″ for Kleiber to cancel nine performances that had been scheduled to start Nov. 21.

The announcement said that Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s production of the opera, which will open this central Italian city’s opera season, is to be conducted by Bruno Bertoletti.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Actress Jacqueline Bisset says she’s gained some insight into Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon, whom she is impersonating in a $20 million, six-hour miniseries.

″She was rather an uneducated aristocrat, ill-prepared for her life,″ said Ms. Bisset, who is playing the Creole courtier in the three-part ABC miniseries ″Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story″ to be shown beginning Tuesday.

″What fascinates me is her contemporaneousness, even though she was absolutely not a feminist,″ the actress said in an interview to appear in next week’s TV Guide. ″She had a free sexuality - certainly not a saint at all. Still there was a sweetness and innocence she might have had a ripe old time in the ’60s and jumped on the feminist bandwagon.″

Ms. Bisset co-stars with Armand Assante, who trained on New York stages and played Napoleon in a Broadway play, ″Kingdoms.″

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Clara Hale, who opened Hale House in New York City’s Harlem section to help babies born to heroin-addicted mothers, says that despite her age of 82 she still wants to help children.

″There are more children who really need help,″ Mrs. Hale said in an interview Tuesday during a regional meeting of the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America.

Mrs. Hale, known as Mother Hale, has worked with children since 1940 and has been a foster mother to 40 children. She opened Hale House in 1975 and will soon open Hale House Cradle for children with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.