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Grudge Match

October 19, 1986|Peter H. Brown and James Pinkston

Long-time personal tiffing between former "Supremes" Diana Ross and Mary Wilson has erupted anew when producers at "Donahue" tried to get film snippets of the group's early performances for use in a special show.

Mary Wilson, appearing on the show Wednesday to plug her new book--"Dream Girl, My Life as a Supreme"--became the target of some shots from Motown Records and Ross' attorneys.

"Donahue" producer Janet Harrell tried to get fewer than three minutes of clips from the Motown archives. But spokesmen at the record company referred her immediately back to Ross' New York attorneys.

Bart Andrews, agent for the St. Martin's Press book, said was told that a Motown bigwig said, "We've been trying to stop this book for four years. What makes you think we would supply footage for its promotion?"

Wilson acknowledged that Motown has slapped an injunction on her to prohibit her use of the name "Supremes" on the book tour. St. Martin's already has won the right to use the name in the book title since Wilson was one of the famous trio.

Harrell was reduced to using one 45-second clip of the early "Supremes" owned by Dick Clark Productions--which charged the standard $4,000 for the segment.

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