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March 14, 1996

Simpson jurors to appear on 'Politically Incorrect'

Comedy Central is asking for trouble: Three jurors from the O. J. Simpson trial will appear along with Roseanne on Thursday's edition of "Politically Incorrect."

Both Roseanne and the talk show's host, Bill Maher, have publicly expressed their disgust with aspects of the trial, including the verdict.

The jurors are Marsha Rubin-Jackson, Carrie Bess and Amanda Cooley, authors of "Madam Foreman: A Rush to Judgment?"

Merrick is angel for 'State Fair'

Broadway producer David Merrick, left nearly speechless by a stroke 13 years ago, is back in show business in a big way.

Merrick, 84, put up $1 million for a new production of "State Fair," making him the biggest individual backer of the $4.5 million show adaptation of the 1945 movie. "David Merrick Inc. Presents" will appear over the musical's title.

The musical, with songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, opens March 27.

Mr. Merrick produced more than 80 plays or musicals on Broadway including "Hello, Dolly!", "Gypsy," "Irma La Douce," "Play It Again, Sam," "42nd Street," "Becket," "Stop the World I Want to Get Off" and "Promises, Promises."

His last production, "Oh Kay!," flopped in 1990.

For good music, go fishing for song-writing's best

Want your movie's music nominated for an Oscar? Just call up Bruce Springsteen and other big talents for song contributions.

Mr. Springsteen's song "Dead Man Walkin'," from the movie of the same name, is nominated for an Academy Award, and he will perform it during the March 25 Oscar presentations.

Tim and David Robbins, executive producers of the soundtrack, didn't fool around.

"We contacted artists we particularly admired," said David Robbins, whose brother directed the movie. "Early on, Tim sent rough cuts, scripts or newspaper clips to the artists with the idea that if these things inspire them, great. If not, that's cool, too."

Justine Priestly hopes for long-term stay at 'Melrose Place'

The younger sister of "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Jason Priestley is taking up residence in another ZIP code.

Justine Priestley, 27, is shooting three episodes of "Melrose Place," playing a single mother befriended by series regular Daphne Zuniga.

Ms. Priestley hopes to turn the brief appearance into a long-term role. After all, she said, Heather Locklear and Laura Leighton started out that way on the nighttime soap series.

The actress insisted her brother didn't help her get the role.

"He and I both agreed that I want to do it on my own. Hence, I don't have a role in '90210,' " she said.

Today's birthdays

Bandleader Les Brown is 84. "Dennis the Menace" creator Hank Ketcham is 76. Former astronaut Frank Borman is 68. Actor Michael Caine is 63. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 63. Actress Rita Tushingham is 54. Comedian Billy Crystal is 49. Prince Albert of Monaco is 38.

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