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May 27, 1999

British tab apologizes for royal nudie shot

Britain's top-selling Sun tabloid apologized yesterday for publishing an old picture of royal bride-to-be Sophie Rhys-Jones with one of her breasts exposed -- after Buckingham Palace and Prime Minister Tony Blair led a furious outcry.

The Sun splashed a 1988 photograph of Chris Tarrant with Rhys-Jones in the back of a car and yanking her bikini top to reveal a bare breast.

Rhys-Jones, 34, said the scandal would ruin her June 19 wedding to the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, and Tarrant accused the press of trying to bury the couple's marriage. "There must be thousands of young British girls who have got pictures like this in their private collection," said Tarrant, who is host of Britain's most popular quiz show.

Backstreet Boys set record

The Backstreet Boys sold 1.13 million copies of their new album, "Millennium," last week, shattering a sales record and illustrating the growing potency of the teen-aged music market.

The teen heartthrobs broke the mark for one-week sales in the U.S. set less than six months ago by country star Garth Brooks, according to Soundscan, the company that measures music purchases.

`Cat in Hat' on stamp

In Springfield, Mass., hometown of the late children's book author Dr. Seuss, about 600 people gathered yesterday to mark the Postal Service's release of a "Cat in the Hat" stamp, the first of a set of commemorative stamp subjects selected by the public.

The "Cat in the Hat" stamp -- depicting one of Seuss' most popular characters -- is among 15 stamps commemorating the 1950s in the Postal Service's Celebrate the Century stamp and education program.

Fisher's book rips Reynolds

Eddie Fisher, the 1950s crooner best known for his marriages to actresses Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, uses his latest memoir, "Been There, Done That" -- to be published in September -- to rip Reynolds.

Fisher, 70, says Reynolds, who played "girl next door" types in '50s movies, "was indeed the girl next door if you lived next door to a self-centered, totally driven, insecure, untruthful phony." The Fisher-Reynolds divorce was a national sensation four decades ago.

Phil Collins to wed sooner

Singer Phil Collins, 49, who planned October nuptials with Orianne Cevey, 26, has moved it up to midsummer, the rocker's mother, June Collins, 85, having suffered a heart attack while vacationing with the duo. A British newspaper said he was worried she might not hang on for the fall date. His third, her first.

Stars' stuff makes `best' list

Gwyneth Paltrow's Harry Winston jewels and Jerry Seinfeld's Porsche 911 made it onto a luxury lifestyle magazine's "Best of the Best" list for 1999.

Callaway golf clubs, preferred by President Clinton, were also included on the 11th annual list in the Robb Report's June issue.

"It is inevitable that celebrities and world leaders are buying and using the luxury items that our readers chose as the best for 1999. What good is working hard if you can't enjoy the best there is?" publisher Dan Phillips said Tuesday. Readers of the monthly magazine chose items in more than 170 categories, including clothing, accessories, vehicles and wine.

Louganis hits the stage

Greg Louganis is set to plunge into a new role this week when he appears in a production of the play "Just Say No" in Chicago.

The four-time diving Olympic gold medalist will play Junior in Larry Kramer's 1988 farce, which opens today at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory as part of the PRIDE '99 series of performances.

Louganis, who revealed his homosexuality in 1994 and a year later acknowledged that he has AIDS, portrays a gay character who decides to move to the city to become a ballet dancer.

Today's birthdays

Novelist Herman Wouk is 84.

Actor Christopher Lee is 77.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 76.

Actress Lee Meriwether is 64.

Musician Ramsey Lewis is 64.

Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 63.

Singer Bruce Cockburn is 54.

Singer Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie and the Banshees) is 42.

Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 41.

Actor Todd Bridges is 34.

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