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Thursday, October 21, 1999 Published at 14:17 GMT 15:17 UK


France's Delon 'turns Swiss'

Delon has lived in Switzerland for almost 20 years

French film legend Alain Delon has become a Swiss citizen, according to the mayor of Chene-Bougeries in Switzerland.

Delon, who has lived in the village on the outskirts of Geneva since 1985, was declared a Swiss citizen by the local council.

The 63-year-old actor will be required to take an oath in the State Council of Geneva before the decision is ratified.

Two of Delon's children, eight-year-old Anouchka and five-year-old Alain-Fabien, have also become Swiss citizens, according to reports.

Switzerland allows foreign nationals who take Swiss citizenship to keep their own nationality.

Delon starred in numerous films, such as Is Paris Burning?, Girl on a Motorcycle and Rocco and his Brothers.

His latest movie, Actors, from French director Bertrand Blier, is due for release in the year 2000.

Heartbreak Hotel lyricist dies

The man behind one of Elvis Presley's biggest hits, Heartbreak Hotel, has died at the age of 79.

Thomas Durden wrote the lyrics to the song, which became Elvis' first British chart success, reaching No 2 in 1956.

Durden, who died at his Michigan home, met Elvis as a result of the song. The star called him "sir" and sent Durden Christmas cards to show his gratitude.

Durden's stepson John White said: "He wrote a lot of good music."

Minnelli to celebrate father's films

Liza Minnelli is to pay tribute to her parents in a 24-date show in New York, Minnelli on Minnelli.

The show will celebrate the 10 film musicals directed by her father, Vincente Minnelli.

His successes included Gigi (1958), Brigadoon (1954) and An American in Paris (1951) which won six Oscars.

The star opens at the Palace Theatre on 1 December, where her mother, Judy Garland, performed two historic concerts.

Joan Bakewell to chair film institute

Writer and broadcaster Joan Bakewell is to be the new Chair of the British Film Institute Board.

Bakewell succeeds Alan Parker, who is now chairman of the new Film Council.

Culture Secretary Chris Smith said he was delighted with her appointment.

"Her expertise, and her experience as a Governor of the Board, will be important in steering the Institute through the transition to the creation of the Film Council next year."

Eighth series of X-Files possible

Reports that The X-Files is on its way out may be premature, says the cult TV series' creator, Chris Carter.

Carter told the New York Daily News he would consider an eighth series, as long as leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were still on-board.

"Oh, sure, we could come up with 22 stories," Carter told the newspaper.

Anderson is the only one under contract for an eighth season but Carter has spoken to Fox about extending his and Duchovny's contracts into next year.

ITN journalist Tom hurt in Indonesia

British TV journalist Tom Bradby is recovering in hospital after being hit in the leg by a flare as he reported on a riot in Indonesia.

ITN's 32-year-old Asia Correspondent was wounded yesterday as demonstrators hurling petrol bombs clashed with armed police in the capital Jakarta.

Bradby, who is married with two children, was injured after he had reported for ITN's lunchtime news.

The flare had a chain attached to it and left him with a broken leg.

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