Taylor, who had brain surgery in February, is transformed with a more natural hairstyle. • Living legend Elizabeth Taylor always has been my favorite movie star. But information about her has been scarce since her February brain surgery. Is she all right? Lucille Searle, Bloomlngton, Calif. At press time we were told Taylor, 65, is doing well; she was naturally a bit reclusive right after her surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor. More recently she has taken some public steps, blasting the paparazzi in the death of the late Princess Diana, for one. She also planned to attend two West Coast AIDS fund-raisers in September and will be involved in a campaign to celebrate 10 years of her Passion perfume. • I just learned actor Jim Belushl has a fall TV show. Anything else new? Bruce Schneider, El Paso Friday a Belushi movie, Gang Related, opens. "I get to kiss Lela Rochon," he crows. And in Total Security, the new ABC show in which he's the foil: "I get a new girl every episode. I like ray job!" Who's News % By Lorrie Lynch BIRTHDAYS OCT. 5 Scott Weinger, 22; Grant Hill, 25; Mario Lemieux, 32; Clive Barter, 45 OCT. 6 Dennis Ray 'Oil Can' Boyd, 38; Britt Ekland, 57 OCT. 7 Yo-Yo Ma, 42; John Mellencamp, 46; Oliver North, 54 OCT. 8 Stephanie Zimbalist 41; Sigoumey Weaver, 48; Jesse Jackson, 56; Chevy Chase, 54; R.L Stine, 54; Paul Hogan, 58 OCT. 9 ZacheryTy Bryan, 16; Jackson Browne, 49 OCT. 10 Tanya Tucker, 39; David Lee Roth, 42; Ben Vereen, 51; Sean Lennon, 22 OCT. 11 Julianne McNamara-Zeile, 32; Luke Perry, 33; Joan Cusack, 35; Daryl Hall, 48; Bmore Leonard, 72 Have • question or comment about people In the news? CALL 1-800-255-5463, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. E-mail: whosnews9usaweekend.com. • Ken Olln captured boomer angst in the ABC series thlrtysomething. But his last show, EZ Streets, never got a regular run. Have we seen the last of him? Kim Kotlarczyk, Findlay, Ohio Not yet. This weekend he's in an ABC movie, The Advocate's Devil (from lawyer Alan Dershowitz's novel), which he's considering as a series. "I'd like to play a character who has a meaningful relationship with his family and [where] there's exploration of his personal side." Sound like thirtysomething? "Some of the things we did were very special," says Olin, 43, married to thirtysomething's Patricia Wettig and father of two. "There doesn't seem to be that kind of show around today." • Last season we saw little of Sharon Lawrence on NYPD Blue, where she has a good dramatic part. Meanwhile, she starred In Fired Up, another silly sitcom. Does she prefer comedy? D.A. Collins, Denver Lawrence tells us she finds comedy a challenge, but this weekend she's back to a meaty role, playing a psychologist held hostage by a killer in NBC's movie, Five Desperate Hours. As for Blue, she's as disappointed as some viewers that her role has been greatly diminished and tells us both she and co-star Dennis Franz pushed to keep it strong. "It was the writers' choice," says Lawrence, 36, a three-time Emmy nominee. "The truth is there are not many female writers on the show, and they are not writing for a female audience. The show is primarily about the partnership of the two male cops. ... I don't look at it now as an equal- Lawrence is back o p p o r t u to drama in NBC n ity employ- movie Sunday. merit." Fortysomething Olin, with wife Wettig, has sights on series. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in 1978's Grease; One more time? • Have you heard of any plans to re-release the musical movie Grease, a la the recent Dirty Dancing project? Next year will be 20 years since John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John made it a hit. Tom Sanford, Chillicothe, Ohio You're thinking like studio executives, who love anniversary dates. And, indeed, Paramount has "tentative" plans to re-release the popular screen version of the long-running Broadway show in March of the new year. Still, they caution, it's too early to say exactly when it will hit theaters or whether Travolta, now one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, and Newton-John, who has battled breast cancer in the decades since, will be involved. • Tennis star Michael Chang clearly Is a player with a big future. What do you know about his off-court life? Is he married? Irene Metcalf, Sebastopol, Calif. Chang, 25, is not married, but he's devoted to his close-knit family. His brother is his coach, and Ws father — who fled China for Taiwan in 1948, then emigrated to the United States — is his financial manager. His mother sometimes travels with him, as does his need to ca ..—..„.„. ... u .. U g VI , llia ulumci suineiimes travels wun rum, a» uw» sister-in-law. Chang also is known to be deeply religious: "People neec understand it's my first priority in life," he has said about Christianity. ciRt x\i c:/\h GREAT TRUCKS PLAdE TO FIM HT/v\ Chrysler Corporation is proud to sponsor the special Car and Driver section in USA Weekend, ON* J«p Jl « K|i««e4 tntaMrc of Chry»l« Corporation.
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