Actor Christopher Reeve was transferred Wednesday from the Virginia hospital, where he has been since his paralyzing fall from a horse May 27, to the Kessler Institute in West Orange, N.J., which specializes in the treatment of severe spinal cord injuries. Reeve, 42, was transported by helicopter, accompanied by his wife, Dana Morosini, and their son, Will, 3. "Mr. Reeve will be undergoing very aggressive treatment and we will re-evaluate his progress every week," his doctor, Marca Sipski, told a news conference. "Mr. Reeve will be intimately involved in making choices about his medical care." Reeve still can't breathe on his own but he has sensation on his left side from shoulders to leg and in his right shoulder. Reeve's family thanked well-wishers for cards and letters he had received at the University of Virginia Medical Center but asked that no more be sent because the actor would not be able to read or answer them while in rehabilitation. He had received about 30,000 pieces of mail.
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Jazz great Lionel Hampton was hospitalized after suffering what his doctors said was a mild stroke. The 87-year-old vibraphonist was alert and doing well at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after Tuesday's stroke, his doctors said. Hampton performed two weeks ago at Kennesaw State College in Marietta, Ga. Hampton also had a stroke on March 30 and spent two months at Mount Sinai.
Michael Jackson's new album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's pop chart. The double album of old and new tracks sold 391,000 copies, according to SoundScan, the firm that calculates sales at most record stores.
The long-rumored signs of trouble in actor Michael Douglas' 18-year marriage have finally emerged. Diandra Douglas has filed for divorce, seeking custody of their son, Cameron, 15, and unspecified spousal support payments, according to papers filed in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The white suit worn by John Travolta in the hit disco film Saturday Night Fever sold Wednesday at a New York auction for $145,500, which the auctioneer jokingly referred to as "certainly a record for polyester." The buyer was unknown, but the seller was film critic Gene Siskel, who bought the three-piece suit and black shirt for $2,000 at a charity auction in 1979, outbidding Jane Fonda.