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March 21, 1992

One Picasso lost, 3 Picassos found

Three late Picasso drawings taken from a Marseille museum in 1990 were recovered by police in Paris, but an important early oil painting was stolen from a museum in Grenoble, the French Culture Ministry said yesterday.

"Child with a Doll," painted in 1901, was stolen from the museum in the Alpine city. Staff members noticed its disappearance when the museum closed Thursday. But the ministry said three color ink facial studies from 1955, cut from their frames in 1990, were found Thursday in the possession of a dealer in stolen property who was arrested.

Buckingham Palace apologizes to Fergie

Buckingham Palace was forced to make an embarrassing apology to Prince Andrew's estranged wife "Fergie" yesterday in the latest twist in the breakdown of the couple's marriage.

Queen Elizabeth's press secretary, Charles Anson, had unleashed a scathing attack on the Duchess of York at a private palace briefing, making clear she was held responsible for the breakup of the marriage. Mr. Anson said he offered his apologies to the duchess and the queen, who were kind enough to accept.

TV model suing 'The Price is Right'

A jury yesterday deliberated a claim by "The Price is Right" model Janice Pennington that an accident on the show ruined her career.

Miss Pennington, who pointed to prizes on the CBS game show, broke her collarbone in June 1988 when a television camera hit her in the face and knocked her off a 4-foot stage. She is seeking $1.2 million for the accident.

Robert Maxwell now the joke book

Pension fund contributors and creditors robbed of hundreds of millions of dollars by the late Robert Maxwell might yet have the last laugh on the media mogul.

British publisher Corgi Books said yesterday that it was bringing out a collection of jokes, "A Drop in the Ocean: the Robert Maxwell Joke Book."

Profits from the joke book will go to a fund for a campaign to compensate 6,000 former Maxwell employees.

"Roseanne,' 'Roc' win GLAAD award

ABC's "Roseanne," Fox's "Roc," ABC's "20/20" and NBC's "L.A. Law" were among the winners announced in the third annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will give out the awards in New York on April 6.

Mel Gibson cast as next 'Maverick'

Mel Gibson will star as the smooth-talking, poker-playing Bret Maverick in a movie version of the 1950s TV Western series. James Garner, the original, will play a supporting role.

Birthdays

Columnist Erma Bombeck is 65. Tricia Nixon Cox is 46.

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