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July 28, 1991

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ Workers are rushing to install a swimming pool at a house that actress Geena Davis will rent for three months while shooting a movie.

Davis, Madonna and Tom Hanks will stay at large, secluded homes with all the amenities when ″A League of Their Own″ begins production here Aug. 6. The movie, directed by Penny Marshall, is about an all-women baseball league in the 1940s.

Lesser-known cast members and production workers were still searching for places to stay.

Apartment owners have been reluctant to grant leases for just three months. Some have asked for up to $10,000 a month, said movie publicist Stuart Fink.

″No deal was struck at that number or anything close to that number,″ Fink said.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Yoko Ono is trying to get John Lennon’s art career off the ground nearly 11 years after his death.

″Artwork was very important to him. Rock was his second love,″ Lennon’s widow said.

Gallery ASN in Johnson City is to open an exhibit and sale of a selection of Lennon’s lithographs Aug. 10.

Lennon, who was shot to death in New York in 1980, had three gallery shows of his work when he was alive. None was well received. A showing of some erotic lithographs at the 1970 London Gallery of Art resulted in Scotland Yard closing the exhibit as indecent.

Ono said Lennon was frustrated by gallery owners more interested in his celebrity status than his artwork. Some asked him to bring his guitar to openings and perform, she said.

″And of course John was very proud. He didn’t want to show his work in this context,″ she said.


TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) - British director Mike Leigh’s film ″Life is Sweet,″ a story about a working-class couple and their twin daughters, won the main prizes Sunday at the Taormina film festival.

The festival jury granted an award to Leigh and special best actors prizes to Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Spall.

Leigh, 47, began his career as a theater and television director. His film ″Bleak Moments″ won the Locarno and Chicago festival in 1971, while in 1988 ″High Hopes″ was a prize-winner in Venice.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Professor Irving Bronsky isn’t bragging about his son’s marriage this week to the daughter of Israeli President Chaim Herzog. Bronsky says his future in-laws have as much to gain.

″When he first told me, I told my son, ’Ami, you are getting a very nice family by marrying Ronit. But I think they’re getting an even better family with us,‴ Bronsky said. ″It’s nice to know you can brag, but that doesn’t make a good marriage.″

The 66-year-old Bronsky, who lived in Israel for 24 years, is on sabbatical to teach psychology as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama. He works with victims of posttraumatic stress disorder at Tuscaloosa’s Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. His wife and three other children still live in Israel.

Ami Bronsky and Ronit Herzog are to be married Tuesday at the president’s mansion north of Tel Aviv.

Herzog was the first military governor of the Israeli-occupied West Bank in 1967. He serves under Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

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