Jean Harris writes in support of HelmsleyConvicted...

PEOPLE AND PLACES

April 11, 1992

Jean Harris writes in support of Helmsley

Convicted murderer Jean Harris has offered a few words in support of Leona Helmsley and the futility of sending a tax cheat to jail.

In an opinion piece in New York Newsday, Harris has written that Helmsley could "with a wave of her hand, underwrite the establishment of six -- who knows -- maybe 12 Head Start nurseries, endow and locate them in areas where children would not have to dodge bullets during recess."

Harris, 58, is serving a prison term of 15 years to life for the 1980 murder of diet doctor Herman Tarnower.

Helmsley, 71, the wife of hotel magnate Harry Helmsley, is scheduled to surrender to federal prison officials in Kentucky on Wednesday to begin serving a four-year sentence for evading $1.7 million in taxes.

Said Harris: "It is almost the 21st century, yet here we are, still gathered in the market square, shouting and jeering and spitting while they strap a woman in the ducking stool."

Ellerbee kept surgery quiet for several weeks

Newswoman Linda Ellerbee, who disclosed she has breast cancer and recently underwent a double mastectomy, said she held off going public about it for several weeks to avoid diverting attention from her television special about AIDS. "A Conversation with Magic," a show by Ms. Ellerbee's production company, appeared on the children's cable channel Nickelodeon last month. Basketball star Magic Johnson was guest, with Ms. Ellerbee, 47, as moderator.

The writer and former news correspondent for ABC and NBC told USA Today that because she asked friends in the news business to hold off disclosing her illness "everybody knew and nobody wrote anything." But "PrimeTime Live" correspondent Sylvia Chase persuaded Ms. Ellerbee to talk about her illness on the news magazine. The segment is scheduled to be broadcast Thursday.

In relationships,money brings power

Jerry Hall, musing on her 15 years with Mick Jagger, says the secret might be money. Hers!

"The thing men and women seem to fight about most is money," the model says. "If you have your own money, you can do anything you want."

Birthdays

Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady is 62. Designer Oleg Cassini is 79. Actor Joel Grey is 60.

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