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Trump war escalates

The big question Tuesday in the society soap opera of Trump vs. Trump was a legal one: How solid is a prenuptial agreement between Donald and Ivana? Under it, Mrs. Trump would be limited to custody of their three children, their Greenwich, Conn., mansion and $25-million.

But Donald Trump is worth $1.7-billion, by Fortune magazine's estimate, and New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams reported that Ivana Trump wants $150-million, the Plaza Hotel and her husband's 727 jetliner.

The real estate magnate and his wife signed an agreement before their marriage 13 years ago limiting Ivana's share in case of a divorce. The agreement was updated at least twice, the last time two years ago.

Last summer Ivana asked the prominent divorce lawyer Raoul Felder whether the agreement could be broken. He told her to forget it.

"The law doesn't protect you from making a bad deal," Felder said this week, adding that the Trumps' agreement "isn't even prenuptial;

it's postnuptial."

Trump, in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday to promote the second Tour de Trump bicycle race, repeatedly said "no questions" when asked to comment on the breakup.

Asked later if he planned to rename the helicopter that bears his wife's name, the developer laughed heartily but refused to comment.

Although published reports had linked Trump romantically to a number of women, actress Marla Maples moved ahead Tuesday as the New York tabloid newspapers' favorite candidate for the role of the other woman.

In an Aspen, Colo., restaurant over the holidays, Mrs. Trump reportedly warned Maples to stay away from her husband.

Maples reportedly told her: "I love him and if you don't, why don't you let him go?"

Other Trump allegations, reports and rumors filled the tabloids: Donald had Ivana locked out of her office Monday at the Plaza Hotel, but then let her in.

Donald and Ivana had an hourlong meeting alone at the hotel.

Some of Ivana's jewelry was missing and she suspected Donald took it from their vault.

The headline writers did their bit, with "Ivana Be Alone" (Newsday), "Ivana Better Deal" (Daily News) and "Gimme the Plaza" (Post). The News used the overline "Trump: the War" over its three pages of Trump coverage.

And on Tuesday, Esquire magazine was trumpeting a prediction included in its March issue, now in circulation. The prediction, by palm reader Cheryl Lee Terry, was that Ivana Trump would leave Donald within the next six years, to marry a man with prestige, "maybe royalty." Terry said she made the prediction on the basis of a photograph of Ivana Trump's palm.

Dunaway calls role as Crawford 'suicide'

Faye Dunaway's overheated portrayal of a driven, abusive Joan

Crawford in the movie Mommie Dearest was "career suicide" and a film she still is recovering from, the actress says.

Dunaway, 49, has spent the past six years in a self-imposed exile, making only one movie, the critically acclaimed Barfly, which was not a big box-office success.

In an interview published in the March issue of Ladies' Home

Journal, Dunaway spoke of the problems she had with Mommie Dearest.

"Going in, the role seemed tricky and interesting," she said. "I said 'yes' because I listened to advice from someone in my private life - the last time I'll ever do that.

"While making Mommie Dearest, I woke up with nightmares about her, and afterward I couldn't get out of bed for a month," Dunaway said. "Sure, I overdid her."

Ella takes stage at tribute to her

Ella Fitzgerald, honored at a benefit concert for the American Heart Association, had some surprises in store for herself - and for her audience.

She was surprised when Quincy Jones and Oscar Peterson, who hadn't been announced as being part of the concert, showed up and took part.

But the Monday night audience got the best surprise when, near the end of four hours, the 71-year-old Fitzgerald, who had been seated in Avery Fisher Hall, was escorted to the stage. They expected a brief thank-you, but, instead, Miss Fitzgerald began singing Honeysuckle Rose.

Then she thanked the musicians - and added: "I think we could do another one." The audience screamed its delight.

She sang Lady Be Good, inserting in the lyrics a call for Joe

Williams to join her. He motioned for Clark Terry to step out from the trumpet section, and the three traded scat phrases till minutes to midnight.

Et cetera . . .

A federal judge has dismissed a 2-year-old lawsuit against rock star David Bowie filed by a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her. U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings on Monday threw out the lawsuit filed by Wanda Lee Nichols, who accused Bowie of assaulting her in his hotel room on Oct. 9, 1987, during a concert stopover in Dallas. Bowie conceded he had spent the night with Ms. Nichols, but denied he sexually assaulted her.

James Earl Ray, serving a 99-year prison sentence for killing Martin Luther King Jr., has filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years.

Relatives said Ray, 62, is upset because his wife, Anna, 45, has not visited him in Brushy Mountain State Prison, west of Knoxville, Tenn., for several years. The Rays met while she worked as an artist for a Knoxville television station during Ray's trial for escaping from Brushy Mountain.