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Entertainment news for February 14, 1992

George Michael, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Patricia Wettig made headlines this week

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Movies
Check out the grisly press release that Grizzly Adams’ publicist sent out recently: ”Motorcycle accident results in bone infection — Doctors suggest 50-50 chance of amputation. Dan Haggerty and wife Samantha will arrive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 11:00 a.m. Available for comments, interview, and photographs.” USA Today and Entertainment Tonight covered the story. What’s next, X-ray photo ops?

Music
Singer George Michael has one thing to say to his former money men: I want your checks! The bristly pop idol has filed a $1 million suit against London’s Chancery Financial Management, accusing them of providing lousy investment advice on his pension fund. Michael, 28, could retire anytime: His estimated net worth is $120 million.

Music fans visiting Texas this fall may want to stop by the Stevie Ray Vaughan memorial, set to open Oct. 3 in Austin. Honoring the city’s native son, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990, the park will feature a nine-foot bronze statue of the bluesman and his guitar. Sculptor Ralph Helmick says, ”A lot of people were touched by his music, so you have to be sensitive. It’s more delicate than doing a general historical figure — like a politician.”

Books
A famous senator. A young woman. A few drinks at a party in New England — and then, a fatal car accident. Sound familiar? Joyce Carol Oates’ new novel, Black Water, is due this May from Dutton, and as her longtime editor, William Abrahams, admits, ”Chappaquiddick is clearly the incident that inspired the book…She’s taken a public event and made it into an intensely private and powerful story.” Told from the young woman’s point of view, much of the book takes place underwater.

Video
CBS/Fox is hyping its George of the Jungle video reissues as ”greentoons” by adding recycled packaging and educational World Wildlife Fund inserts to each tape of Jay Ward’s 1960s Tarzan takeoff. CBS/Fox reportedly appointed George as an eco-spokesman because the show’s opening theme goes, ”Watch out for that tree!” while the vine on which he’s swinging collides with a trunk.

TV
After playing cancer patient Nancy Weston on ABC’s thirtysomething, Emmy winner Patricia Wettig admits she had some trepidation about playing a real-life rape victim in a CBS-TV movie, Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story, to air early next month. And it wasn’t because Wettig felt she had suffered unduly these past few seasons on the tube. ”I almost turned the part down just because her name was Nancy,” jokes the actress. ”I thought, ‘Are people going to think all I can do is play Nancys?”’

Written by: Tim Appelo, Giselle Benatar, David Browne, Tina Jordan, Nisid Hajari, Alan Carter

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