Kirk Douglas was released yesterday from Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for injuries suffered when a helicopter he was in collided with a stunt plane Wednesday. The 74-year-old actor was released "in good condition," according to hospital spokesman Ron Fine. "Douglas had a cut on his scalp and a few bruises and scrapes," Fine said, adding that the film star has "mended very well." Also injured in the accident was Noel Blanc, son of the late cartoon voice artist Mel Blanc. Blanc, who was piloting the helicopter, has multiple broken bones and remains in intensive care at Cedars Sinai. The two passengers in the stunt plane were killed.
Also out of the hospital is Wisconsin Rep. Les Aspin, who was released Sunday from University Hospital in Denver, where he was being treated for a heart problem that occurred while he was skiing in Vail. He is expected to return to Capitol Hill this week.
Rod Stewart Paternity Suit
Rocker Rod Stewart has been slapped with a $25 million palimony suit by former girlfriend Kelly Emberg. The fashion model says the singer's promises of commitment were all a giant career move, and that she is entitled to half of Stewart's assets. The two met in 1983, lived together from 1985 to July 1990, and have a 3-year-old daughter, Ruby. In her suit, Emberg says she gave up a lucrative modeling career to work with Stewart, appearing in videos, suggesting song and album titles, doing his makeup and hair and advising him on clothing and photo shoots. Stewart, 46, married another model, Rachel Hunter, in December.
Family Planning Honorees
Former representative Geraldine Ferraro will join actresses Blythe Danner and Polly Bergen in presenting awards for outstanding contributions to family planning at a ceremony Thursday night at the Mayflower Hotel. The event is part of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association's conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Among those to be honored are Sen. Edward Kennedy, Rep. Henry Waxman and Planned Parenthood President Faye Wattleton. A posthumous award will go to Silvio Conte, the Massachusetts representative who died Feb. 8.
Oscar Hijuelos Sued
Author Oscar Hijuelos is being sued by former model Vann Goodwin, who is claiming invasion of privacy, saying that the main character of Hijuelos's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" is a thinly veiled version of her. The suit filed in Sacramento Superior Court claims that the character, Vanna Vane, is a disguised Vann Vore, Goodwin's name in the early 1950s when she worked for a New York City modeling agency. Goodwin says in the suit the characterization places her "in a highly offensive false light before the public." She is also claiming that her likeness was used without permission on the book's jacket. According to the suit, her picture was used on the cover of an album titled "Mambo Jambore." The suit alleges that the album cover ended up on the jacket of the novel. Besides Hijuelos, Goodwin also names the book's publishers -- Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which published the hardcover edition, and Harper Collins, publisher of the paperback edition -- in her suit.