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Hirschfeld still sketching

Cartoonist Al Hirschfeld, who celebrates his 90th birthday today, still works at the drawing board every day. Hirschfeld has dashed off an average of three drawings a week for the last 70 years _ 66 of those years for the New York Times. After the birth of his daughter in 1945, Hirschfeld began to indulge in "the harmless insanity," as he says, of hiding her name at least once in each of his drawings. The Nina record is 40, he thinks, in a 1984 drawing of Whoopi Goldberg.

Mandy Smith remarries

Mandy Smith, the model once married to Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, wed a soccer star Saturday in a quiet family ceremony quite different from her first nuptials. There was hardly a celebrity in sight as Smith, 22, arrived at the Marylebone Register Office in west London for her marriage to 33-year-old Pat van den Hauwe. Smith and Wyman married in 1989 and divorced in 1991.

Crawford Oscar is hot

The Oscar that Joan Crawford won for her performance in Mildred Pierce fetched $68,500 at auction Saturday, becoming only the third Academy Award publicly sold. Crawford's Oscar, which was expected to bring only $8,000 to $12,000, was sold to an unidentified private collector after heated bidding. "There were 15 hands in the air and at least four people on the phone bidding," said Todd Merrill, a spokesman for Christie's.