Hockey coaches always told Theoren Fleury that he was too small to play professionally. But last week, the five-foot, six-inch, 155-lb. Calgary Flames right winger had sweet revenge. In a 7-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, Fleury, 21, the smallest player in the NHL, not only scored three goals, his fifth hat trick of the year, but also earned his 100th point and 50th goal—only the St. Louis Blues' Brett Hull has more goals. Said Fleury, who grew up in Russell, Man.: "I just went about my business."
Actress Patti Cohenour, who
will star in the Canadian touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, says that she took the role to expand her horizons. Added the 37-year-old native of Albuquerque, N.M.: “I really wanted to just get away from the Broadway community, and I’ve never been to Canada.” Cohenour, who performed the role on New York City’s Broadway for 18 months, plays Christine Daaé opposite Canadian actor Jeff Hyslop’s Phantom in the production, which begins its 18-month Canadian tour in Ottawa on April 16 before going to Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.
For his part, Hyslop said that he
took the role to gain international -
recognition. Declared Hyslop, a 39-year-old Vancouver native, about the musical’s phenomenal success: “The public has already made Phantom what it is. They’ve already bought millions of dollars’ worth of tickets.” He added: “My father could come in and play the Phantom, you know what I mean?”
GETTING HER MEN
Madonna, the woman who coined the term "boy toy," toyed with a few boys herself at last week's Oscar night. The pop star's date for the gala event was Michael Jackson. Also attracting Madonna's personal attention was Jeremy Irons, who stopped to give her a kiss on his way up to receive his best actor award for Reversal of Fortune. But the 32-year-old singer really showed her eclectic taste in men when, during her performance of the Oscarwinning song Sooner or Later, she added her own words, crooning seductively: "Talk to me, Gen. Schwarzkopf, tell me all about it."
A DOWN-TO-EARTH MOTHER'S BOY
For actor Richard Grieco, humility begins at home. The heartthrob who stars in the recently released movie If Looks Could Kill says that "literally thousands" of women write to him weekly. The mail is eventually delivered to his home town, Watertown, N.Y., where his mother, who helps with his business affairs, answers it. Declared Grieco, 25: "There is no way I could get away with going 'Hollywood'—my mom would kill me. Besides, it's hard to think of yourself as a sex symbol when your mom answers your fan mail."
High-fashion clothing designer Pierre Cardin says that his designs “come from the subconscious—I’m not influenced by my travels.” Still, the 68-year-old globe-trotting couturier, who was in Montreal last week for the opening of a Museum of Fine Arts retrospective of his more than 40 years of work, acknowledged that world travel affects public attitudes towards fashion. Says Cardin: “Travel and communication have made people in the Soviet Union and Brazil dress alike.” As for Canadians, he added, “They have always dressed well.”
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