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  Harding's Latest Move Will Be a Duet

From News Services
Sunday, November 19, 1995; Page D2

Former Olympic skater Tonya Harding — convicted of a role in the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan — plans to wed Michael Smith on Dec. 23.

"Inside Edition" revealed Harding's plans. The television show plans to broadcast an interview with Harding on Monday. Harding's former publicist, Cindy Starr, and other sources confirmed the marriage plans.

Smith, 29, works as a machinist and reportedly shares a love of horses with Harding.

Harding is divorced from Jeff Stone, formerly Jeff Gillooly, who served six months at a prison boot camp for his role in the January 1994 attack on Kerrigan at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.

Harding has been trying to launch a career as a singer, but in her last public appearance in Portland, Ore., she and her band, the Golden Blades, were booed and pelted with empty plastic bottles.

Harding also told "Inside Edition" she has accepted an offer to skate in Japan and hopes for other offers to do ice shows.

She also would like to act in films, "an action movie or some kind of Western, or even a comedy with Jim Carrey," she said.

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