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April 01, 1996

Harvard professor admires 'Aphrodite' for her brains

Mira, Mira, in Harvard halls . . . who's the fairest among the ivy-covered walls?

Mira Sorvino, who won the best supporting actress Oscar last week for her role in "Mighty Aphrodite," may be, says a professor at her alma mater in Cambridge, Mass.

Her thesis on race relations between Chinese and African exchange students was extraordinary, professor Peter Bol, a specialist in Chinese history, told the New York Daily News.

"It was regarded as publishable," he said. "She's very, very smart."

Marcia Clark speaks about domestic violence

Marcia Clark didn't want to talk about the O.J. Simpson trial, except to say this:

"The Simpson case is not the first domestic violence case I handled by far. They're so prevalent and they're so difficult to prosecute."

Ms. Clark, who has made only rare public appearances since Mr. Simpson was acquitted in October, spoke Saturday at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., at a benefit for West Virginia University's Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

VTC The prosecutor wouldn't answer questions from reporters, and questions from the audience focused on domestic abuse. But she did disagree with one Simpson juror's assessment that the trial was about murder, not domestic abuse, saying: "The link between spousal abuse and spousal homicide is a clear, strong one."

Cancer center officials wouldn't say how much they paid Ms. Clark, who has signed a $4.2 million deal to write a book about the trial.

Schindler's widow claims he was nobody's hero

Oskar Schindler may be a world hero for saving more than 1,000 Jews from the Nazi Holocaust but his widow has written a book in which he is portrayed as a selfish, ruthless man.

At a presentation of her book based his Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List" was "packed with lies."

"Emilie Schindler -- Memoirs" depicts her husband as a greedy man whose main interest in saving Polish Jews from Hitler's death camps was to have cheap labor to keep his china factory going.

That should be enough sauce to last Cokie Roberts

When Cokie Roberts last appeared on Lifetime's "Our Home," the world learned that the ABC newswoman always carries a bottle of Tabasco sauce in her purse.

In Thursday's show (12: 30 p.m.), while she and co-hosts Ernie Anastos and Boni Montgomery cook up a pot of hot and spicy red beans and rice, Ms. Roberts is surprised by ABC News colleague Diane Sawyer, who comes bearing a gift: a 100-bottle case of Tabasco sauce.

"We know how grouchy you get when you don't have Tabasco. All ABC goes on alert," Ms. Sawyer jokes.

Gee, you'd think he'd have lots of tapes of his own

Tommy and Pamela Anderson Lee are suing Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione over a stolen videotape that shows the couple having sex.

A lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court asks a judge to stop Mr. Guccione from selling the tape and seeks $10 million in damages. They also want the original tape.

The Motley Crue drummer and "Baywatch" star claim the tape, which they made themselves, was stolen by a construction worker who remodeled their home in Malibu last year.

The lawsuit says Penthouse has acknowledged having the tape. There was no comment from Mr. Guccione.

Today's birthdays

Actor Toshiro Mifune is 76. Author William Manchester is 74. Actor George Grizzard is 68. Actress Jane Powell is 67. Actress Debbie Reynolds is 64. Actor Gordon Jump is 64. Actress Ali MacGraw is 58. David Eisenhower is 49. Actress Annette O'Toole is 43. Tennis player Magdalena Maleeva is 21.

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