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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana WALTER SCOTTS PERSONALITY PARADE Want the facts Opinion Truth Write Walter Scott Box 5001 Grand Central Station New York 101635001 Full name will be used unless otherwise requested Volume of mail makes personal replies impossible Fiennes with wife Sadism fortunately is only an act QI thought Ralph Fiennes gave a riveting per formance as a Nazi officer in Schindlers Can you tell us what if anything in this talent edactors past life preparedhimforthat Leonard Lexington Ky A Nothing in his personal life prepared British born Ralph Fiennes pronounced Rafe 32 for the role of the sadistically evil SS commandant performance that won him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor A shy softspoken man who is married to the actress Alex Kingston Fiennes is a rare hybrid a classically trained Shakespearean actor who uses the Stanislavsky method to delve into his feelings in order to prepare for a part For the role of Amon Goeth he studied Nazi SS recruitment films and read interviews with Holocaust survivors He also worked with a voice coach to achieve an Austrian ac cent and put on 26 pounds by wolfing down huge por tions of pasta beer and weightgain powders Q Whatever became ofRamiro Martinez the Texas police officer who shot berserk sniper Charles Whitman at the University of Texas in Maplewood Minn A An official at the Texas Department of Public Safety reports that Ramiro Martinez became a narcotics agent in 1969 was promoted to Texas Ranger in 1973 and retired in 1991 He is now 54 Martinez and another Austin policeman Houston McCoy bravely climbed the University of Texas tower on Aug then sneaked up on the heavily armed Charles Whitman 25 whose rampage that day left 16 dead and 30 injured Despite some controversy over which lawmans bullets killed Whitman Martinez was credited with ending the snipers murderous spree QMy cousin and I are having a dispute as to whether Claudette Colbert is still alive My cousin says the actress passed away I say she is alive and well recently remarried and is living in Barbados Whos Lynch South Hempstead A Youre closer than your cousin Claudette Frenchborn star who is perhaps best remembered for her Oscarwinning performance opposite Clark Gable in the 1934 romantic comedy It Happened One her 90th birth day last September at her home in Barbados She is recuperating from a stroke she suffered a year ago which affected her right side but not her speech or her face The actress uses a motorized wheelchair to get around Ms Colbert has not remarried since the death in 1968 of her second husband Dr Joel Pressman Q Jackson Browne the former flame of actress Daryl he history of be ing physically abusive And did his first wife commit Williams Jacksonville Fla A The negative publicity surrounding his breakup with Daryl subsequently began a wellpublicized romance with John F Kennedy was only the latest personal disaster for Jackson Browne His first marriage ended with the suicide of his wife Phyllis Major in 1976 His second marriage to Lynne Sweeney ended in divorce in 1984 after three years And Brownes eightyear affair with Hannah ended hi 1992 with published accounts alleging that the blond beau ty had suffered a black eye a broken finger swollen lips and body bruises There is no description of these injuries in the police records of the incident however and Browne has no reported history of physical abuse The brooding 43yearold singersongwriter refuses to discuss his last evening with Ms Hannah 33 In 1988 before bruising Ql read that soprano Kathleen Battle was fired from the Metropolitan Opera for unprofes sional Exactly what did this talented artist do to deserve that Daryl Frankfort III A The Battleweary opera world has gossiped for years about the divas backstage and frequent lack thereof Besides missing numerous rehearsals and canceling performances without prop er notice Ms Battle reportedly has refused to obey conductors ordered chorus members not to look at her mouth while she was singing and even thrown an other sopranos wardrobe out of a dressing room One source at the Met says the talented singer was fired not for one episode but for a succession of As for the 45yearold soprano herself she says In the arts ego must play a Kathleen Battle onstage temperament Q As I recall the 1970s musicalcomedy hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was based on a real closing of a brothel in the Lone Star State Is the new Broadway sequel also fashioned from real Indianapolis Jnd A Yes says Larry L King 65 who coauthored the book for both the original musical and its sequel The Best Little Whorehouse Goes According to King and his collaborator Peter Mas terson the wacky facts behind their new show are these In 1990 the Internal Revenue Service seized a Nevada brothel for failing to pay its taxes a bankrupt cy referee then ran the whorehouse on behalf of the IRS and tried to take it public by selling stock Incidentally article on his dog Buster appears in todays issue of out that whereas the producers paid to bring The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to New Yorkin 1978 its cost ing million to mount its sequel on Broadway imM MMUJMIMQ amjis BiMTZIZ fni U PAW 9 MAY PARADE MAOAZINE ;