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Web posted on: Friday, August 28, 1998 6:07:48 PM

Today's buzz stories:


Brolin (and Streisand) honored

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- James Brolin, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of the assistant to "Marcus Welby, M.D.", got a belated wedding present Thursday: his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And, of course, his adoring bride was there. Brolin and Barbra Streisand wed July 1 in Malibu and apparently still feel like newlyweds.

"Jim, I'm delighted to be here as your wife," Streisand said at the unveiling ceremony. "I'm very proud of you."

"I just want to thank my loving and gorgeous wife," said Brolin. "She makes me swoon and feel faint and get the vapors several times a day, and I think that'll always be true."

Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant recounted Brolin's career, and the 58-year-old actor responded that as a teen-ager growing up in Los Angeles he always wanted to be part of Hollywood. "But I never dreamed I would be implanted in this sidewalk,' he said.

Brolin currently stars in a syndicated series, "Pensacola: Wings of Gold," as Lt. Col. Bill Kelly, the leader of an elite military group.

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Kevin Bacon's rock guitar show

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- Actor-director Kevin Bacon, whose 31 movie roles made him subject of a clever trivia game, is also a guitarist and now will host a two-hour weekly radio show on music.

"The Guitar Show with Kevin Bacon" by AMFM Radio Networks will feature the top names in rock guitar discussing their musical influences and sharing anecdotes. Eddie Van Halen, Queen's Brian May and Aerosmith's Joe Perry are slated for the first show, which airs nationally on Labor Day weekend.

Bacon, a rhythm guitar player and vocalist for the Bacon Brothers Band -- which released its first CD, "Forosoco," last year and is playing to sold-out houses on the club circuit -- said the radio show will be loaded with songs.

"I'm not as enamored with actors as I am with musicians, especially like these guys," Bacon told Daily Variety. "These are some of my heroes, and to be in the same room listening to them play or to what they have to say is fun for me."

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Pavarotti recovering from hip surgery

PESARO, Italy (CNN) -- Luciano Pavarotti is recovering well from hip surgery, and his spokeswoman said the opera star will stick to his concert commitments beginning in October.

Spokeswoman Renata Meroni told Italy's ANSA news agency that Pavarotti is "doing great, he's recovering well from the operation to his hip." She did not elaborate on the type of surgery.

Pavarotti, 62, is recovering at his villa in Pesaro, about 115 miles northeast of Rome, Meroni said. "He wants only to rest and to have a little peace."

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Mouseketeer's fiance pleads guilty to fraud charges

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The fiance of original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie has pleaded guilty to 21 federal charges related to a securities fraud scheme, and Gillespie faces similar charges at a trial scheduled for September 14.

Jerry Fraschilla and Gillespie, an original cast member on the 1954-59 "Mickey Mouse Club," currently are free on bail. She and Fraschilla were indicted by a federal grand jury last November on 26 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, mail fraud, obstruction of justice and perjury.

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges they tried to make money in stock transactions by paying for shares with checks on closed and overdrawn bank accounts. They settled a lawsuit in 1995 by paying a fine to reimburse a securities firm that lost money.

The indictment against Gillespie and Fraschilla contends that they turned over phony documents while responding to a subpoena in the lawsuit and lied under oath in depositions. Fraschilla's sentencing hearing has been scheduled for November 16.

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Bob Denver enters plea on drug charges

PRINCETON, West Virginia (CNN) -- Bob Denver, known to many as the title character on "Gilligan's Island," has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana and was sentenced to six months' unsupervised probation.

Denver, who also played beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on television's "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" from 1959 to 1963, made a surprise appearance at the courthouse, but the county prosecutor said entering pleas early is not unusual.

Police arrested him June 4 after getting a tip that a package containing marijuana was sent by a delivery service to his Princeton home. He had been scheduled for trial September 3 on charges of possessing about 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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