Magazine article Newsweek

This Week, a Royal Flush

Magazine article Newsweek

This Week, a Royal Flush

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He could have been known, simply, as Mr. Nelson. But Prince Rogers Nelson, a.k.a. Prince, a.k.a. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, is nowready?The Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Well, sort of. Last week the 41-year-old, Minneapolis-based rocker reclaimed his royal title, ending a spat with Warner Bros. Records. In 1993, while signed to a $100 million contract, Prince claimed that the company was too controlling, and was ruining his good name. So he dropped it. In its place, he adopted that... that symbol. (The fight so soured him on contracts that he dropped his marriage in 1998 because, he said, it was also bound by a legal document.) With his responsibilities to Warner Bros. now expired, and his name "free... from all undesirable relationships," Prince can be whoever (or whatever) he pleases. It's just too bad that Mr. Rogers is taken. His Purpleness, however, was just one of several "royals" making news. Here's what some others were up to:

"Today doesn't compare to anything else that's happened to me in my life." When you're Elizabeth Taylor, that's saying a lot. Taylor, 68, was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (it's knighthood, sans armor) for her work in the entertainment industry and with charities. Queen Elizabeth also bestowed the title on Julie Andrews. "[Taylor's] a dame now," said Martin Landau, her 1963 costar in "Cleopatra." "But, then again, she's always been a dame. …

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