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Now That Sinead’s 30, Her Irish E Are Smiling

Compiled By Staff Writer Dan Web

The last time we saw Sinead O’Connor, she was ripping apart a photo of Pope John Paul II.

That was when she was young. Now that she’s just turned 30, she’s developed some maturity.

“I always wanted to be 30,” she says. “The 20s were a very fearful time, and I figured that when I got to be 30, I’d acquire a certain serenity - and that’s how it turned out.”

Not that she’s give up completely on political causes. Still singing, she recently canceled a show date in Jerusalem because of her Palestinian sympathies. Still, she wants to part with her media-crazy past.

“Fame is a curse,” said the mother of two. “It was the worst phase of my life, which I thank God I’ll never have to go through again. I think we all have to go through that dark night of the soul, and I’m just grateful I got mine over with when I was young.”

Loose talk

Gregory Peck on the cinema of today’s Hollywood (as reported by the Associated Press): “When you have a giant conglomerate behind a movie, the fellows at the top are not really terribly concerned about the artistic element, they’re concerned about the bottom line.”

We’d let loose with cheers, but she’d get short with us

Shelley Long turns 48 today.

No, he isn’t going to Disneyland

Anthony Quinn’s lawyer on the first thing the 82-year-old actor is going to do after his divorce from Iolanda Quinn. “He is now shopping for a tuxedo because his next event will probably be at a chapel,” said Barry Slotnick. Quinn is living with 35-year-old Kathy Benvin, his former secretary and the mother of his two youngest children.

He’d be more shocked if he could recall what occurred

The Aspen, Colo., prosecutor’s office will again try John Denver for drunk driving, and his lawyer is upset about it. “It’s crazy, really,” said Walter Gerash. “They swooped down on him because he’s a celebrity.” Denver crashed his vintage Porsche into a cluster of trees in 1994. Two hours later, his blood-alcohol level measured 0.128

Finally, however, it caught up with him

When few people responded to the recent auction of items owned by the late Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Wall Street Journal writer Rhoda Koenig wrote, “It remains to be seen how much profit there is in a man whose contribution to history was running away from it.”

He’s afraid only of lions and tigers and bears, oh my

The Rev. Robert Schuller hasn’t seen the end of his fracas with a United Airlines flight attendant. He’s being sued for $5 million. Khaled Elabiad, 33, says Schuller grabbed his arm, shook him and said, “Don’t you know who I am? I am the powerful Rev. Robert Schuller.”

They just want their cut of the profits

Did you know that Matthew McConaughey and Rene Zellweger costarred in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation”? Director Kim Henkel doesn’t think they mind that his film is getting released. But, he admitted, “I don’t see them on the talk shows ballyhooing it.”

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