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December 2, 1991

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ Charles Bronson, the epitome of the macho male on screen, bristles at any suggestion of wimpiness off screen.

In the upcoming ABC movie ″Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus,″ Bronson plays a journalist who falters when his wife dies in a flu epidemic. Bronson lost his wife of 20 years, actress Jill Ireland, to cancer last year.

In an interview in TV Guide, Bronson adamantly denied any parallels between his role and his life.

″A strong man doesn’t allow himself to break down,″ he said. ″If a man can’t withstand what’s happened to his life in a strong way, if he breaks down, that, to me, is a little wimpy.″

But he also doesn’t pretend he wasn’t deeply affected by his wife’s death.

″I started to mourn from the very moment I found out Jill had cancer,″ he said. ″There’s no end to the mourning.″


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Harrison Ford’s entourage tried to keep fans away during filming of the Tom Clancy thriller ″Patriot Games.″ But the star couldn’t resist the sight of the bridal party trying to catch a glimpse of him.

Catherine Moore was enjoying her wedding reception at the Naval Academy’s Officers Club Saturday when she heard Ford was a few hundred yards away.

With bridesmaids in tow, she sprinted in her wedding gown toward Ford, who agreed to a picture.

″Where’s the groom?″ Ford asked.

The groom, Kyle Winston Moore, also got a chance to take a photograph with Ford, star of the ″Indiana Jones″ movies.

But he was a less enthusiastic than his wife, who said she might like to see the picture in their wedding album or their living room.


NEW YORK (AP) - Sarah Owen says she was physically and psychologically abused during her four-year relationship with actor James Woods. At one point after she threw him out, he returned and put a gun to her head, she says.

Woods, 44, strongly denied the allegations.

″I feel angry, embarrassed and betrayed by someone I once deeply loved and trusted,″ he said in People magazine.

Owen, 28, told People that when she threw Woods out of their Beverly Hills home, he returned five days later, held a gun to her head, insulted her and forced her to strip. She said he later begged for forgiveness.

Despite the problems, Owen agreed to marry Woods in 1989. The marriage lasted a few months.

Woods played misfits and murderers in such films as ″The Onion Field″ and ″Against All Odds.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlton Heston has played Moses and Ben Hur. But did you know he also played Santa Claus?

″You’d think it would be a great part, wouldn’t you? But actually I got it only because there were only 13 pupils in the school I was in in the eighth grade,″ Heston said during Sunday’s 60th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.

″Two of them were my cousins and half of ’em were girls, so I didn’t have much competition for Santa Claus.″

Heston was grand marshal of the parade. Crowds estimated at 1 million lined Sunset and Hollywood boulevards.

Among other celebrities at the parade: Gregory Peck, Donny Osmond, Cloris Leachman and Bruce Boxleitner.

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