PR man Robert Gray has acquired film rights to the life story of restaurateur Dominique D'Ermo, who in headier days lived a cloak-and-apron life in the French underground during World War II. D'Ermo, who was only 15 when he joined the maquis, was sentenced to death by the Nazis for his activities in occupied France. He escaped to the United States, however, and a life as the vendor of alligator, rattlesnake and other less exotic dishes on Pennsylvania Avenue. Last year D'Ermo said he and some old underground comrades toyed with reactivating their association to assassinate their old Nazi nemesis Klaus Barbie during his trial in France, but said they called the operation off for fear someone else might be hurt in the process.
Brazzi on Trial Actor Rossano Brazzi, perhaps known best in this country for his lead role in the movie "South Pacific," went on trial Thursday in Venice with 33 other defendants on charges of being involved in international arms trafficking.
One document allegedly shows that the group tried to sell nuclear weapons to Middle East nations. "I'm now playing the role I had in some of my films -- only this time it's for real," Brazzi, 71, told reporters. "I'm happy this trial is taking place ... That's what the law is for: to clear up misunderstandings."
Marcos' Starlet and AIDS Dovie Beams de Villagran, a former actress who claims to be the ex-lover of deposed Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, has been exposed to the AIDS virus, her doctor testified Thursday during her bank fraud trial in Los Angeles.
Dr. Timothy Bryant said he ordered an AIDS test in February 1986 because Villagran had complained since 1983 of a string of ailments including weakness, dizziness and recurring bacterial and fungal infections.
The doctor said that although Villagran has been exposed to the virus, she has not yet developed the disease. She has AIDS related complex, or ARC, he said, which often develops into AIDS.
Bryant said that the former B-movie starlet, who claims she was Marcos' lover from 1968 to 1970, probably contracted the virus in 1980 from a blood transfusion she received during surgery for a perforated ulcer.
Prince Charles' Rain Thousands of people turned out in a drizzle yesterday to welcome Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their motorcade through Hamburg, Germany.
The royal couple was greeted at the airport by Mayor Klaus von Dohnanyi and other local officials after a one-hour flight from Munich. They had spent two days of a weeklong West German tour in southern Bavaria.
Kennedy Library Director Charles Daly, who served as a congressional relations staff assistant to President Kennedy, was named Thursday as the new director of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
Daly, 60, is a former vice president for government and community affairs at Harvard University and most recently was president of Chicago's Joyce Foundation, which awards grants in the fields of government and education.
The library functions as a museum for American politics and history, specifically the lives and careers of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy.
Heartening News The hearts of baby-care legend Dr. Benjamin Spock and Mormon Church President Ezra Taft Benson are both doing better. Spock, 84, was released yesterday from a Boston hospital with his newly implanted pacemaker, which was installed after he fainted at a hotel. "He's doing wonderfully and is in excellent condition," a hospital spokeswoman said. "I think he's even going to be making a speech tomorrow." Benson, 88, the leader of the world's 6.3 million Mormons, continues to improve after suffering a mild heart attack last month. He's out of the hospital and tending to church business.