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NAMES AND FACES

November 07, 1990|By David Zurawik Cartland 500th: endless love

Fox scuttles 'DEA,' switches time for 'Against the Law'

Fox Television Entertainment President Peter Chernin made his first move to overhaul a troubled schedule yesterday when he pulled the plug on "DEA." The drama about drug enforcement is going on hiatus with no definite date of return, according to Fox.

Mr. Chernin also announced that "Against The Law" will be moved from Sundays at 10 p.m. to Fridays at 9 p.m. on Nov. 16. A new show, "Comic Strip Live," takes over at 10 Sunday night. Barbara Cartland has just hammered out her 500th high romance, assuring her status as the world's top-selling author. The Guinness Book of World Records credits her with 500 million copies in 27 languages.

Miss Cartland, 89, is already celebrating her feat. A party yesterday in London featured an all-pink (her favorite color) menu, from the champagne to the dessert, to match her outfit.

"So many of my contemporaries are either dead or gaga," Miss Cartland told The Times of London. Her latest book, "The Spirit of Love," also ensures her continuing role as literary champion of virginity, since her heroines are always passionate but never, ever promiscuous.

Oprah: 'I'll never diet again'

Oprah Winfrey has put back on quite a few of the 67 pounds she shed during a crash diet two years ago, but she has no plans to starve herself thin again.

"I'll never diet again," the talk show host told her audience Monday. "I certainly will never fast again."

Ms. Winfrey announced in 1989 that she had regained 17 of the 67 pounds she had lost the year before on a diet that consisted TTC of weeks of drinking a high-protein powder mixed with water.

She didn't disclose her weight Monday. Nicholas Mosley's novel, "Hopeful Monsters," won Britain's Whitbread award for best novel yesterday. "Hopeful Monsters," a love story spanning much of this century, chronicles the marriage of Max Ackerman, son of a Cambridge University botanist, and Eleanor Anders, a brilliant German Jew, and their experiences in Hitler's Germany and the Spanish Civil War and with the rise of Stalinism.

A record 400 books were entered in this year's Whitbread contest, which is divided into five categories, each carrying a prize of $3,400. All the winners will compete for the $40,000 Whitbread Book of the Year prize, to be announced in January.

Peter Dickinson's "AK," about an African war orphan's relationship with his rifle, won the best children's novel category. Hanif Kureishi's "The Buddha of Suburbia" won the best first novel category; "Daddy, Daddy" by Paul Durcan was judged the best poetry entrant; and the best biography award went to Ann Thwaite for her biography of British author A.A. Milne, titled "A.A. Milne: His Life."

Today's past

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: NOVEMBER 7

In 1874, the Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.

In 1885, the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway was completed as the last spike was driven at Craigellachie.

In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.

In 1917, Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

In 1918, during World War I, an erroneous report from the United Press that an armistice had been signed set off celebrations across the country.

BIRTHDAYS: Evangelist Billy Graham is 72. Jazz musician Al Hirt is 68. Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland is 64. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, R-Minn., is 60. Singer Mary Travers is 53. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 47. Actress Dana Plato is 26.

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