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DON'T CALL ME BRADY: The late Robert Reed hated playing the father on 'The Brady Bunch.' Reed, who died this month of colon cancer, trained as a serious actor at Northwestern University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was frustrated on 'The Brady Bunch.' 'It was just as inconsequential as can be,' he told People magazine in an interview a month before his death. 'To the degree that it serves as a babysitter, I'm glad we did it. But I do not want it on my tombstone.' Fellow cast members on the show, now appreciated for its schlock value, understood his frustration. 'We supported him,' said TV wife Florence Henderson . 'Just like in real life, you're going to bail your husband and your dad out.' Barry Williams , who played the oldest Brady son, said he spoke with Reed the day before he died. 'I got to tell him three things,' he said. 'That things were good in my life in part because of what I learned from him, that I appreciated our friendship and that I loved him.'NEWLN:
FATSHOSPITALIZED : Rudolf Wanderone , better known as the pool- hustling Minnesota Fats, is recovering from acute shortness of breath and cardiac angina. Fats, who was portrayed by Jackie Gleason in the film 'The Hustler,' went into the Vanderbilt Medical Center on May 5 because he hurt his knee when he fell at Nashville's Hermitage Hotel, where he lives. While treating his knee, doctors noticed Fats had developed shortness of breath and angina and put him in the intensive- care unit. Fats doesn't like to give out his age but a hospital spokesman said he was over 65.NEWLN:
GLIMPSES : Sigourney Weaver 's hair has grown back from the Sinead O'Connor look she sports in 'Alien 3' but she says she was rather fond of the style. 'If it didn't feel ike Velcro,' she told The New York Times, 'I knew it was too long. It was was quite a great haircut. I kind of miss it' ... Barbara Bush tossed in a reference to 'Wayne's World' in her commencement address Sunday at Marquette University. The first lady was promoting family values when she said, 'Most of you are probably thinking about raising a family right now about as much as those two characters on 'Wayne's World.'' Bush also received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university.