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May 10, 1997|SHAUNA SNOW


Pamela Lee Testifies: Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson Lee testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday that because she'd had a "horrible" experience taping a previous sex scene, she wanted to "lose the sexual content" of a movie that she was to have starred in. Lee, who is being sued by the Private Movie Co. for pulling out of the movie "Hello, She Lied," said she declined the project after producers refused to write out a simulated sex scene. On Thursday, Lee had testified that she considers a deal done only after she signs on the dotted line. Although Lee never signed a contract to appear in "Hello, She Lied," several people involved in a 1994 meeting--including her former agent and manager--have testified that she verbally committed to the project.

Happy Birthday: Family members say Katharine Hepburn is not planning any celebration when she turns 90 on Monday, but several others will mark the occasion for her. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will honor Hepburn by dedicating to her a garden near the United Nations building. Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) is urging President Clinton to award Hepburn the Presidential Medal of Freedom. William Morrow will release biographer Christopher Anderson's "An Affair to Remember: The Remarkable Love Story of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy." And cable's Turner Classic Movies will air a 24-hour marathon of Hepburn films, starting Monday at 3 a.m. Hepburn, who won a record four best actress Oscars, lives in a family mansion in Fenwick, Conn. Relatives said she spends her days gazing out at a lighthouse from her living room, puttering about the house and taking occasional car rides. "She's doing OK," sister-in-law Sue Hepburn said. "Her chief problem is loss of memory."


More Manson Troubles: A lighting contractor working on tour performances by the controversial rock band Marilyn Manson fell to his death in a Washington arena Friday morning, hours before the band was to perform. In a statement Friday, the band said it was "deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely death of Sean McGrann" and would dedicate Friday night's concert in his memory. Washington's WUSA-TV reported that the crew member had been drinking with several friends and tried to rappel down a wall at the D.C. Armory with an non-anchored rope when he fell. Manson's tour has been met with protests from residents and local governments in several cities who object to lyrics on the band's hit album "Antichrist Superstar."

In Concert: KCET-TV Channel 28 is co-producing "On Tour," a 26-part, weekly PBS series showcasing more than 50 contemporary pop acts performing at various concert venues around the world. The hourlong series will air Saturday nights at midnight, starting in June. Showcased on the first episode is Sting, in concert at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada, as well as separate performances by Steve Earle, Nil Lara and Amanda Marshall. Other artists to be featured on the series include the Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, Metallica, Cypress Hill, the Verve Pipe, the Fugees, the Cranberries, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos and No Doubt.


Cramer Sale Results: Auctions of contemporary sculpture from the collection of television producer Douglas S. Cramer this week brought a total of $2.9 million, just short of the high presale estimate of $3 million, at Christie's New York. All but one of the 22 works offered--an untitled wood sculpture by Robert Therrien, estimated at $15,000 to $20,000--were sold, including another Therrien that was valued at $50,000 to $60,000 but brought $68,500. Commanding the top prices were a three-part bronze work by Joel Shapiro ($607,500), an untitled stainless steel "flying arch" by Ellsworth Kelly ($442,500) and two works sold for $266,500 each: a 10-unit stack of stainless boxes by Donald Judd and "The Conversation," a painted bronze piece by Roy Lichtenstein. The Cramer sale was part of a two-day round of contemporary art auctions at Christie's that racked up a total of $29.9 million.


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