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Web posted on: Monday, March 08, 1999 1:28:06 PM EST

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Pfeiffer: 'Women are the heroes of our time'

NEW YORK (CNN) -- As a successful actress and loving mother, Michelle Pfeiffer says she knows what it means to be a woman. "Women are the heroes of our time," Pfeiffer says in Sunday's Daily News. "We accept the impossible. We take on way more than we could ever accomplish, and we somehow manage to do it." Pfeiffer, 41, is married to writer-producer David E. Kelley (creator of "Ally McBeal" and "Chicago Hope"), and she has a four-year-old son. "Think about it. We run the home," Pfeiffer says of women. "We pretty much are in charge of raising the children, although the men help. A lot of us have careers. Also, women are very much in charge of putting energy into a relationship." Pfeiffer's latest movie, "The Deep End of the Ocean," is a tear-jerker about a woman whose young son disappears from a hotel lobby.

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Ron Howard says fame doesn't satisfy

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Ron Howard says fame does not lead to happiness. "Most people link celebrity with a kind of recognition that leads to happiness," Howard said in the March 13 edition of TV Guide. "And in some instances it can lead to some wonderfully happy moments. But I don't believe that it's really the thing that can satisfy somebody." Howard, who starred in the TV hits "Andy Griffith" and "Happy Days" before embracing a career directing feature films, takes on fame in his latest project, "EdTV."

The movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Landau and Rob Reiner. It tells the Truman-esque tale of a man who suddenly becomes famous when his life is broadcast on cable television. Howard believes television stars will bring added authenticity to "EdTV." "So many of the TV people have been in the media glare recently and know what it's like to go from anonymity to full exposure in a short period of time," Howard says.

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Naomi Campbell getting cold shoulder from Versace

MILAN (CNN) -- Naomi Campbell, who rose to supermodel fame by strutting down the catwalk in Versace fashions, says the fashion house now ignores her. "They've been treating me like a stranger for months," a tearful Campbell said Saturday during Milan's fashion week. Designer Gianni Versace, who discovered Campbell back in the 1980s, was gunned down in 1997. According to his sister, Donatella Versace, the reason they haven't used Campbell recently is because she was "acting up," which some interpreted as meaning she wanted more money. Her going rate is about $60,000, more than any other model on the Milan runway. Campbell, 30, has plenty to keep her busy. Along with modeling, she has earned a part in Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's new film "Destinazione Verna," which will begin shooting in Naples in June.

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David Hasselhoff in "Baywatch"

Australia caught in 'Baywatch' debate

CANBERRA, Australia (CNN) -- There's a debate in Australia over "Baywatch." Producers of the highly-popular show have been forced to move the filming site from a beach north of Sydney after protests by the local community, who resented the inconvenience that film production would cause. The show could be filmed on the Gold Coast in Queensland, but other reports claim the crew will move the setting to Hawaii.

Now, Prime Minister John Howard is getting into the act, saying the protesters are letting opportunity pass them by. "Ultimately that opportunity, for more jobs and new investment, ... a further exposure of a part of our society, a part of our beautiful beaches ... is lost," Howard told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "If it is the ultimate result, that this production returns to the United States ... having been made unwelcome in Australia, well that will be something of a metaphor for the explanation as to why the American unemployment rate is 4.5 percent and ours is still 7.5 percent."

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