Woody Allen makes TV ads for food...


Woody Allen makes TV ads for food stores

Woody Allen says he has never dieted, never shopped in a supermarket, and hates commercials.

But that hasn't prevented him from filming television advertisements on healthy eating for Italy's biggest supermarket chain -- a deal worth some $2 million.

"I've never been on a diet in my life. I can eat any kind of ice cream or dessert and my weight doesn't change," said Mr. Allen, 56.

He seemed stung by charges that he had sold out in making five advertisements for the COOP company: "What's so strange? . . . Let people think what they want. And let's make the truth clear -- I don't earn a cent with my [feature-length] films," the director told reporters. "I have a big family and I thought the offer was interesting."

Sonny Bono says he and ex-wife, Cher, were once so poor they bummed money off their chauffeur.

"And the Beat Goes On," which hits bookstores this week, also recounts the couple's mutual infidelity during their 11-year marriage, the duo's success in the '60s and '70s and Mr. Bono's current life as mayor of Palm Springs, Calif.

It tells of how in a Las Vegas hotel room, Cher asked Mr. Bono to leave so she could spend the night with the group's guitarist. Mr. Bono retaliated by sleeping with the guitarist's girlfriend.

Extra security for show

Security was beefed up with police and private guardyesterday for a Guns N' Roses concert in Dallas -- the heavy metal band's first since a show in Missouri turned into a riot.

The police department assigned two squads of eight officers to patrol outside the Starplex Amphitheatre, their riot gear stashed nearby in case fans at the sold-out show got unruly.

Last week, about 3,000 of the 15,400 fans at the Riverport Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mo., went wild after lead singer Axl Rose jumped off the stage and fought with a fan with a camera. Cameras are banned at the band's shows.



Gian Carlo Menotti, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, director and impresario, showed no signs of slowing down as he celebrated his 80th birthday Sunday with a surprise appearance in one of his operas.

*Syndicated columnist Lewis Grizzard has signed on witSony-Tree music publishers to record two albums on which he'll sing.

Today's past


In 1540, England's King Henry VIII had his six-month marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.

In 1755, British Gen. Edward Braddock was mortally wounded as his troops suffered a massive defeat near present-day Pittsburgh during the French and Indian War. One survivor was an aide to Braddock -- Col. George Washington.

In 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died in the White House of apparently natural causes, having served only one year and four months of his term.

Birthdays: Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath is 75. Actor James Hampton is 55. Football hall-of-famer O. J. Simpson is 44. Actor Tom Hanks is 35.


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