Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Florida officials canned BURT REYNOLDS as a citrus industry spokesman Tuesday, saying publicity about the actor's marital problems was at odds with the image of orange juice as a healthy, happy, family product.

The Florida Department of Citrus dumped Reynolds' nationwide television ads touting the virtues of the state's principal product.

Reynolds' one-year, $500,000 contract will not be renewed in November, and his TV spots are being replaced with others that have run earlier, spokesman Eric Boomhower said.

The agency had dropped one of Reynolds' four commercials in June after he filed for divorce from actress LONI ANDERSON. The department's action recalls a similar incident a dozen years ago when the state agency dropped singer Anita Bryant as a result of controversy surrounding her outspoken views against homosexuals.

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Lawyers acting for DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES, denied Tuesday that she was seeking an early divorce from her estranged husband, PRINCE CHARLES, on the ground that their physical relationship ended more than six years ago.

London solicitors Mischcon de Reya took the unusual step of issuing a statement to reject a report in a Sunday newspaper claiming the princess, 32, wanted to end her marriage without delay and could file for divorce within months.

"We have received no such instructions, and we have not been so engaged," the lawyers said in a fax to media outlets.

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Chicago revelers will learn "The Hillary," a new dance "in which women lead - and even dip - their male partners," at a charity party thrown by Chicago Sun-Times columnist JEFF ZASLOW on Aug. 27.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports party organizers say the dance "celebrates and honors the first lady for being a terrific role model for both men and women. She's not afraid to take charge, and have fun."

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PAUL SHAFFER will have a bigger sound when he moves with DAVID LETTERMAN to CBS. The network announced Monday that the new band will be called "Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra" when "Late Show With David Letterman" premieres Aug. …

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