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PEOPLE AND PLACES

October 09, 1995

Simpson, girlfriend set to marry, newspaper reports

O.J. Simpson headed to the Dominican Republic yesterday for a speedy marriage to model Paula Barbieri, according to a newspaper in that country.

In a front-page report, the Listin Diario newspaper quoted

unidentified sources as saying Mr. Simpson and Ms. Barbieri left Los Angeles on Saturday for Miami and were to fly on a private plane to the Dominican Republic yesterday.

There was no confirmation of the report. Dominican immigration officials would not say whether Mr. Simpson had arrived or planned to arrive. Several Dominican airports and the U.S. Embassy also said they had no information about the reports.

The marriage rumors started surfacing in the Italian media Friday, just three days after a jury in Los Angeles acquitted Mr. Simpson in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, on June 12, 1994.

But it's all over for Cage and Arquette

Actors Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette have called it quits after less than six months of wedded bliss. The couple's connection was half-baked from the get-go. Mr. Cage had a fling with Ms. Arquette eight years ago. Their paths crossed again earlier this year, and, after a monthlong date, they eloped to Las Vegas -- even though, just a week before, Mr. Cage had attended the Oscars with longtime squeeze Kristin Zang, a model.

Thatcher says she and Reagan shared vision

Margaret Thatcher says it was the "vision thing" that made her get along so well with Ronald Reagan.

"Both of us had visions, we formulated policies on the visions, and we followed it with action," the former British prime minister said in a 45-minute speech at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas last week.

The former president's son Michael introduced her to a crowd of nearly 1,000 people who had paid $100 to $350 to hear her.

Mussolini was a big fan of Mickey and Donald

Italy's stern fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was mad about Mickey Mouse, hailed "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" as a masterpiece and sang Disney songs to his children at home, according to his son Romano.

The dictator, dubbed "Il Duce," had a "very friendly" meeting with his comic-creator hero, Walt Disney, in Rome in 1935, Romano told the magazine Immagini e Fumetti.

Big-time models sued over use of 'Fashion Cafe'

Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Elle MacPherson and Christy Turlington were hit with a $2.5 million lawsuit Friday for alleged wrongful use of the trademark "Fashion Cafe" in Italy.

Ms. Campbell's agent in Italy, David Brown, called the action "a delinquent, cheap publicity stunt" because it was filed during Milan's fashion week when Ms. Campbell was modeling Italian designers' clothes for spring and summer.

He said he was aware of the suit but could not comment in more detail because he had not been informed of its contents.

Treasure ship

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