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Tuesday, 28 December, 1999, 12:22 GMT
Courtney sues management
Courtney Love raises a number of complaints against Hole's managers
Hole singer Courtney Love is reported to be suing her management team.

The widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has cited a number of reasons for the action, including subjecting the band to "public ridicule".

The allegations follow the management's decision to allow Hole to tour as support act for Marilyn Manson.

Love claimed she had been shocked by Manson's behaviour on stage, while some Manson fans were hostile towards Hole.

Sir Cliff returns after illness

Sir Cliff Richard will return to the stage on Tuesday after cancelling a concert under doctor's orders.

Sir Cliff, at number two in the charts with The Millennium Prayer, was forced to cancel Monday's gig at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena because he was suffering from the flu virus.

But his agent said he will be back at the same venue on Tuesday, where he is due to appear all week. Those who missed out on Monday will get a refund.

Foster's surprise make-over charge

Actress Jodie Foster billed US TV show 60 Minutes for over 7,000 to cover hair and make-up expenses incurred when appearing on the show.

"The bill took us by surprise," said 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager. "Apparently it took three-and-a-half weeks to put her make-up on."

The show has not paid the bill.

ABC pioneer Goldenson dies

Leonard H Goldenson, the pioneering American TV executive behind the success of the ABC network, has died aged 94.

Goldenson bought a nearly bankrupt ABC in the 1950s and turned its fortunes around with shows like Disneyland, Happy Days and Charlie's Angels.

He is also credited with introducing more sports and news programmes, including Good Morning America, and investing in cable at a time when other broadcasters were still shunning it.

"Leonard Goldenson was a giant among broadcasters, and his influence on the business today is wide-ranging. He was a risk-taker," said Robert Iger, chairman of the ABC Group.

Goldenson screened the hit mini-series Roots in 1977 - the same year the station ended CBS's 20-year reign as the prime-time audience draw.

Murphy's a father at Christmas

Comedy actor Eddie Murphy received a special Christmas present from his wife this year - a baby daughter.

Nicole Murphy gave birth to their fourth child, a baby girl named Zola Ivy, on Christmas Eve. The child weighed just under 8lbs and a statement from the couple's publicist said mother and baby were doing fine.

"We are ecstatic and very happy about the fourth addition to our family," they said.

Stallone forced to adopt green fingers

Sylvester Stallone has agreed to replant hundreds of trees and bushes that were chopped down in the grounds of his mansion without court approval.

Stallone, who recently agreed to sell his waterfront mansion in Miami for 12m, must replace 1500 trees and brush and have them landscaped.

The Hollywood superstar's lawyer said: "Mr Stallone had no knowledge that the trees had been taken down. Someone on his staff removed them."

Hawn honoured for supporting Tibet

Actress Goldie Hawn has been honoured for opposing China's occupation of Tibet.

The US star received the second Spirit of Freedom Award, which was created by the Tibetan Fund, a foundation that raises money for Tibetan causes.

Richen Dharlo, president of the fund, said: "Events like Spirit of Freedom Award give us a heightened awareness, as well as much needed funding."

France's Pierre Clementi dies

French actor Pierre Clementi has died of liver cancer in a Paris hospital, aged 57.

Clementi, whose last film was Hideous Kinky in 1998 where he played opposite Titanic star Kate Winslet, had been ill for some time.

Clementi was a major figure on the European cinema scene in the 1960s and 1970s. He worked with many leading directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Luchino Visconti and Luis Bunuel.

He appeared in more than 30 films including the classics Belle de Jour and The Leopard, as well as a number of "underground" films.

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