CANCELLED: A $1.6-million sponsorship contract with tennis superstar Steffi Graf, 26, by German car maker Opel. Reacting to a lingering tax scandal over her father’s handling of Graf’s estimated fortune of more than $150 million,
Opel said that “in the current situation” it would not renew the contract at year’s end. Peter Graf, 57, has been held in a German jail under arrest since August in connection with an investigation into his alleged failure to report more than $45 million of his daughter’s income. A judge earlier refused his request to post a $13.5-million bond, citing fears that he would flee the country. One day after the sponsorship cancellation, Graf—who won the U.S. Open tournament last month—lost for only the second time this year, in the opening round of a tournament in Brighton, England.
NAMED: Maclean’s Contributing Editor Stevie Cameron, 1995 author of the year, by the Periodical Marketers of Canada, for On the Take, her bestseller on the Mulroney years; at a Toronto ceremony.
DONATED: By Anne Tanenbaum,
85, the matriarch of one of Canada’s most philanthropic families, $10 million to the University of Toronto and four hospitals to study such degenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
CELEBRATED: Being the oldest person ever recorded, Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment 120, plus 238 days; in Arles, where she has lived all her life. Calment remains lucid, enjoys wine and chocolate, and credits laughter as the secret to her longevity.
DIED: “Marlboro Man” David McLean, 73, of lung cancer, in Los Angeles. McLean portrayed the rugged cowboy in TV commercials that created a macho image for the cigarette brand.
EXPECTING: Comox, B.C.-born Baywatch star Pamela Lee, 28, and her husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, 32. Lee had a miscarriage earlier this year.
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