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September 15, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Lynn Redgrave told a congressional subcommittee she was the victim of "cruel and unusual punishment" when she was fired in 1981 by Universal Television. Redgrave said she was fired because she refused to stop breast-feeding her daughter, Annabel, during breaks in filming the series "House Calls." Redgrave criticized any company that denied "a woman's right to have access to her child . . . in a country where motherhood and apple pie are so important." She was one of 20 witnesses who offered testimony to the employment and housing subcommittee of the House Committee on Government Operations, which held hearings in San Carlos, Calif., to explore ways to advance the issue of child care in future legislation.

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