The wife of former Beatle George Harrison, Olivia Harrison, is co-ordinating a relief effort for Romanian orphans. Harrison persuaded the other Beatles' wives, Linda McCartney and Barbara Bach, and John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, to donate money and make public appeals. She has also organized a charity album, scheduled for release next week, featuring Van Morrison and Eric Clapton, among others. Said Harrison: “I'm just a wife and mother, trying to do my little bit. "
The rain man
Last week, Prince Edward,
26, ended a damp four-day tour of Manitoba, his first visit to the province. Rainy weather dogged the man who is seventh in line to the British throne, and over lunch in St. Malo, he finally observed, “I thought Manitoba was supposed to be very sunny.” The prince’s host, Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon, explained, “We wanted you to feel at home, so we’re saving the blue skies for later.” To which the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth n replied, “If everybody laid on this sort of weather and claimed it was British, why on earth would we travel?”
Growing up in musical families helped the members of the pop group Wilson Phillips, says Chynna Phillips, 22, daughter of Michelle Phillips, former singer with The Mamas and the Papas. Chynna said that, though she and her friends Carnie, 22, and Wendy Wilson, 20, daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, had no experience and no material, they clinched a record deal after singing for a friend of Chynna’s mother. Their first album, Wilson Phillips, is now in the Top 10. The singers credit their parents for their style, but, said Chynna, “We were much more influenced by The Eagles.”
A fatal screen debut
Rock ’n’ roll singer Jon Bon Jovi says bluntly that, after completing a bit part in his first movie, “Acting is boring.” The lead singer for the band Bon Jovi adds, “You have to sit around for hours.” Next month, he will make his screen debut as a prisoner in the western Young Guns lí, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Emilio Estevez. The role came about by chance. “I was only on the set because I was writing the sound track,” said Bon Jovi, “and they asked me if I wanted to escape from jail. I capture a deputy, steal his gun and then the sheriff shoots me. It takes me longer to explain than my whole time on screen.” Bon Jovi, 28, is more positive about the film’s sound track, his first effort without his Bon Jovi bandmates, which he recorded with rock greats Elton John, Little Richard and Jeff Beck. Said Bon Jovi: “It was the thrill of a lifetime to play with these guys.” As for his movie career, that will remain on hold. Said Bon Jovi: “My acting debut was shot dead anyway.”
Abirdin the book
Birding expert Roger Tory Peterson says that, as a student, he was in a “radical group" that believed birds should not be shot to be observed. That led him to publish his first bird guide in 1934 and, now, a 1990 version of A Field Guide to Western Birds. Peterson, 81, said that his books encourage environmental awareness. He added: “Birds are a litmus of the environment. Any bird watcher has to take interest. "
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