People, people who need money

New York � Barbra Streisand, who gave her last live performance at New York's Madison Square Garden two years ago, has agreed to perform at a $500-a-plate Democratic fund-raiser next month, Time magazine reports.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress and singer (and staunch Democrat) has often confessed that she suffers from severe stage fright and hates singing live. Still, Democrats hope the Sept. 29 fund-raiser, to be at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, will raise as much as $4 million for their party.

Barry Manilow also is expected to join Babs for the fund-raiser.

Margot Kidder on the mend

Brooks, Maine � Margot Kidder is recuperating from a broken pelvis she suffered in a weekend highway accident.

The 53-year-old actress, who played Lois Lane in the "Superman" movies of the late 1970s and early '80s, was injured Sunday when her GMC Yukon hit a raised pavement and rolled over several times.

Kidder, who lives in Livingston, Mont., had been in Belfast to host the 15-Minute Festival, a series of original plays staged at the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped.

Kidder's friend David Stuckey said Monday that the actress won't require surgery but will remain for several days at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

Watch out for fake Hermits

Los Angeles � Peter Noone, who was "Herman" of Herman's Hermits, filed a federal lawsuit against a musical group that's allegedly performing under the band's name.

The lawsuit filed Monday seeks an injunction blocking drummer Barry Whitwam and several others from performing under the Herman's Hermits name. Whitwam was the band's original drummer but plays with other musicians using the group's name, the suit said.

The original group sold more than 50 million albums and is known for such tunes as "I'm Into Something Good" and "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter."

Noone, 54, claims the defendants are part of a group that is "an inferior entertainment product lacking any true connection with ... Herman's Hermits."

Dance claims kicked out

New York � A federal judge has ruled that the majority of dances that modern dance legend Martha Graham created belong to the Martha Graham Dance Center, dealing the second blow in as many months to Graham's heir.

Ronald A. Protas had claimed sole ownership to Graham's dances and their sets and costumes. But U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum ruled that Protas only has the rights to one dance, "Seraphic Dialogue," a dramatic piece about Joan of Arc.

The Martha Graham Center dismissed Protas, who was a close companion of Graham, as artistic director more than a year ago. Graham died in April 1991.

The ruling awarded the rights to 45 dances to the Martha Graham Dance Center, which is dedicated to Graham's techniques. Another 24 works went to neither side; 10 are in the public domain.


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