Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was released from George Washington University Hospital Monday after a week of treatment for an apparent respiratory problem. "She's fine now, and her spirits are high," said hospital spokeswoman Ellen Pollock. Fitzgerald's road manager, Pete Cavello, said the 67-year-old singer would return to her California home for a five-week vacation. Fitzgerald was taken to the hospital Aug. 4, suffering from fluid in her lungs. She performed at Wolf Trap two days before she was hospitalized . . .
Erik Estrada, best known for his role in the TV show "CHiPs," took a few days away from the set of a film he is shooting in Rome to marry actress Peggy Rowe Monday in a church service in the Italian capital . . .
When Chuck Berry kicks off the "Legend of Music" series Friday at the Opera House in Boston, he doesn't want any TV cameras to record the event. "If any TV crews show up, I'll walk off the stage," he said. "I'm a legend and I don't need any more press . . ."
A 1929 Duesenberg roadster that appeared in the motion picture "Gable and Lombard" drew the high bid of $362,000 at a celebrity car auction in Los Angeles. Mark Smith of Fort Washington, Pa., owner of Old Philadelphia Motor Co., bought the roadster Sunday for his company, said a spokeswoman for the event. The car was one of a number of vehicles that were the property of Pacific Auto Rental and Movieworld Museum, a movie and television studio car rental agency that has gone out of business . . .
According to the New York Post, New York is trying to clear off the swarms of pigeons that roost on City Hall. The birds will receive an electrical shock when they sit on the building. A City Hall spokeswoman was reported as saying, "It's very, very low voltage. It's not as though it's going to zap them or fry their feet" . . .
Ronald Reagan has made the brown suit respectable, says John Molloy, author of "Dress for Success." Ten years ago, anyone in the Northeast who wore a brown suit was considered "a hick and a hayseed," Molloy told Success magazine. "Today the brown suit . . . has gained a niche . . . And that's primarily because Reagan wears brown suits on important occasions."