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ACTRESS LEARNS STARDOM IN U.S. ISN'T AUTOMATIC

When Salma Hayek first arrived in Hollywood, she thought her fame in Mexico would propel her to movie stardom.But she soon learned that being a household name in her native country would go only so far in the United States.

"It's very rare that Hollywood writes a female character who's incredibly smart and sexy and also foreign," she says in the July issue of Glamour magazine. "Hollywood has never been extremely receptive to Mexican actresses."

Hayek got her big break in the Antonio Banderas film "Desperado" in 1997, and since then has starred in several films. She appears opposite Will Smith in next month's "Wild Wild West."

'MISERY' STAR GETS PURSE SWIPED AFTER A FLAT TIRE

A man walked off with Kathy Bates' purse as a mechanic changed a flat tire on the "Misery" star's Jaguar convertible.

The Oscar-winning actress had just withdrawn some cash from an ATM on Wednesday in Los Angeles when she noticed the flat, police said.

A man offered to help, but she declined and called a tow truck. Bates got out of the car when the truck arrived, and she left the purse inside, said police Lt. Anthony Alba.

The man who offered to help apparently took her purse and walked away, Alba said. Police said he may have flattened the tire.

'LAVERNE & SHIRLEY' ACTOR HAS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

David Lander, best known for playing Squiggy on the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has multiple sclerosis.

Lander was diagnosed with the often-crippling nerve disease 15 years ago. He said Thursday that he is revealing his illness now to help others with the disease.

"I just figured that if people can see me, and see that I'm working -- I guess I call it 'fighting' M.S. -- maybe I can do some good," he said.

Lander, married and the father of a teenage daughter, was diagnosed with the disease shortly after the ABC series came to an end in 1983.

Lander appeared on Rosie O'Donnell's talk show last week for a tribute to "Laverne & Shirley" star Penny Marshall. He is set to star in "Once Upon a Mattress" in Utah.

TURNER PROTECTS HIS FISH BY SWITCHING WATER RIGHTS

Ted Turner, a devoted fly fisherman, wants to make sure there is plenty of trout on his massive New Mexico spread.

The media mogul, who owns the 578,000-acre Vermejo Ranch in northern New Mexico, is seeking to protect the fish by transferring 125-year-old water rights from one part of the property to its six lakes.

That means they would be the last to be tampered with in times of drought.