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September 06, 1997|SHAUNA SNOW


A Wife and an Angioplasty: Talk-show host Larry King will spend at least part of his honeymoon in the hospital undergoing an angioplasty procedure. He had been scheduled to marry wife No. 7, 37-year-old singer Shawn Southwick today, but his health woes forced the couple to move the nuptials up to Friday, when they were wed in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. A CNN representative said after the ceremony that King was scheduled to undergo the angioplasty procedure--to clear a blocked blood vessel--in New York on Monday. She said doctors expected a "full and prompt recovery" and that the couple would postpone their official honeymoon until mid-October. King, 63, suffered a heart attack in 1987 and later underwent a coronary bypass surgery.

How Will We Mourn?: Just hours before Mother Teresa died Friday at age 87, actor Michael Douglas mentioned that very possibility while effectively posing a challenge to the media to afford proper coverage of her passing even while the world continues to mourn the death of Britain's Princess Diana. Appearing on NBC's "Today" show only hours before Mother Teresa's death became known, Douglas was addressing the deaths of Diana and her companion Dodi Al-Fayed, both of whom he knew. While acknowledging Diana's "beauty" and "wonderful heart," Douglas commented on the worldwide demonstrations of grief, wondering hypothetically if there would be "anywhere near that kind of outpouring" upon the death of "someone like Mother Teresa . . . who's given her entire life [and] is recognized worldwide." Later Friday, a representative for Douglas called the timing of his comments "amazing," but had no further comment.

Mother Teresa on Cable: Various cable stations, meanwhile, were scrambling Friday to pay tribute to Mother Teresa. A&E, which had been planning to air a BBC-produced installment of its "Biography" about the Nobel Prize winner in the coming months, was hastily finishing production on the hourlong program Friday afternoon and planned to air it Friday night under the moniker "Biography: Mother Teresa--A Life of Devotion." Lifetime Television said it would repeat its hourlong "Intimate Portrait: Mother Teresa" on Monday at 7 p.m. That program had originally aired in June. The Family Channel, meanwhile, had already been scheduled to premiere a new two-hour Hallmark movie, "Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor," on Oct. 5, with actress Geraldine Chaplin ("Doctor Zhivago") playing the heroine. A network representative said Friday that the original air date would stand, and that a statement acknowledging Mother Teresa's death would air prior to the film.


Foo Fighters Switch: The Foo Fighters confirmed Friday that flamboyant guitarist Pat Smear--who appeared solo on the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday--has left the band and been replaced by Franz Stahl, who played with bandleader Dave Grohl in the group Scream prior to Grohl's Nirvana days. Reasons for the switch were not divulged. In a statement, Smear said: "I am really excited to begin new projects on my own, musical and otherwise."

Wu-Tang Won't Rage: Rap group Wu-Tang Clan has pulled out of a two-month tour with Rage Against the Machine, including a Sept. 18 date at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. A representative for the group declined to comment on the band's reasons but said it will keep a few scheduled club dates, including Sept. 17 at L.A.'s House of Blues. The Roots will now open for Rage on Sept. 18 and the Foo Fighters--with the new lineup--will open Rage's Sept. 19 Irvine Meadows show as scheduled.


Lyric Vote Scheduled: Unionized negotiators have recommended that musicians for Chicago's Lyric Opera turn down the company's latest contract offer, which is being voted on Monday. Such a move would jeopardize the company's scheduled Sept. 20 season opener. Negotiations broke off between the Lyric and a committee representing 75 musicians on Thursday, and musicians had already stopped attending rehearsals. The two sides are at odds over pay raises and the length of the company's season.


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