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Tuesday, July 7, 1998 Published at 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK


Stars to remember Tammy Wynette

George Richey (left) heads the mourners at Tammy Wynette's funeral

Sir Cliff Richard will be among those gathering in London this week to pay tribute to the "first lady of country music".

Tammy Wynette's husband George Richey will fly in to attend the memorial service at St James Church in London's Piccadilly on Thursday at 11am.

Sir Cliff will join Mr Richey in giving a reading at the 75-minute ceremony. The hymns How Great Thou Art, Abide With Me and Jerusalem are will be sung.

Many stars from the music world are expected to attend the memorial.

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Pavarotti: hoping for a son
Pavarotti has big hopes for a family

Opera star Luciano Pavarotti has announced plans to start a family with his lover, who is 34 years his junior.

The heavyweight tenor set up home with slim secretary Nicoletta Mantovani, 28, after leaving his wife Adua in 1995 following a 34-year marriage.

Pavarotti, 62, told the Radio Times: "I hope to have a kid with Nicoletta and if she has a son it would be good. . . I didn't have much time for my daughters and miss them very much."

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Madonna as Evita
Madonna poised for London stage debut

Pop superstar Madonna is to make her London stage debut next summer in a revival of the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

According to Variety, the director is to be Peter Hall, who staged the 1958 London premiere of the play. Bill Kenwright is lined up to produce it.

"The three of us have a desire that Madonna should play Maggie the cat in London next year," Kenwright said.

He is expecting to sign the star for a 20-week run.

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Songbird celebrated
Special honour for music legend Andrews

A host of stars have paid tribute to actress Julie Andrews just as her voice is set to be heard on a British stage for the first time in 40 years.

She was honoured by The Variety Club of Great Britain, who presented her with a silver heart for her contribution to the world of showbusiness.

Andrews is the voice of Polynesia the Parrot in the new stage show Dr Dolittle which will have its official premier on 14 July.

Her lines were recorded recently, and will be triggered electronically during performances.

Halloween movie for mother and daughter

Mother and daughter Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis are teaming up to make another Halloween film - the horror movie series that gave Curtis her start.

"I wouldn't have had a career without Halloween, so this is my way of saying thank you," said Curtis.

Leigh, who made her famous shower scene in Psycho almost 40 years ago, will play Curtis' prying secretary.

It is the first time they have worked together since an episode of The Love Boat.

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