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NEWS LITE\Dixon went 2 for 100 in '95.

Jeane Dixon's predictions for 1996 are out this week. But perhaps it's more instructive to review her predictions for 1995. Among the misses:

"A guilty verdict or hung jury will keep O.J. Simpson in jail through most of the year;" Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley will end their marriage; Princess Diana reveals she'll remarry and move to New York; a member of Brit royalty will change religions (the Duchess of Kent converted to Catholicism in 1994); Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear will have a kid; Jodie Foster will have a kid; a sex scandal involving Andre Agassi and a pre-Brooke Shields squeeze will surface; "Pope John Paul II will have a hand in liberating Cuba from Castro;" deep troubles for Alan Jackson (he only won the Entertainer of the Year award from the Country Music Association); Ashley Judd will get engaged; Jason Priestley "will be hotter than ever;" Tom Brokaw will announce new plans involving "two women in his life"; Prince Charles will prove to be a cover for Barbra Streisand's real love, "a man of substantial power in another kingdom."

Dixon's two hits (out of 100): Nancy Kerrigan's nups and the Elizabeth Taylor-Larry Fortensky split. One near-miss: a health problem for Candice Bergen. Her husband, Louis Malle, died after a lingering illness.

Among her 1996 predictions:

More medical problems for Michael Jackson; Alec Baldwin begins a political career; financial problems for John Kennedy Jr.; a new love for Oprah Winfrey; bad marital news for Katie Couric; trouble in March for Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise; Sharon Stone and Lisa Kudrow will have kids; Kathie Lee Gifford "drops a bombshell on Regis Philbin in the spring"; George Clooney weds; and Julia Roberts falls in love yet again "later in the year."

Winnie the who? Nelson a hunk?

Nelson Mandela, who'll turn 78 this year, tops a list of South Africa's most eligible and sexy unmarried men in the country's edition of Cosmo. The mag noted that the South African president is "mega-powerful, kind, modest, considerate and with a great sense of humor. Not to mention the cutest dimples, the world's most winning smile and funky dress sense." That's winning, not Winnie

Juror baring up after O.J. trial

Americans who watched the O.J. Simpson trial on television may have wished they could see more of the jurors. Now they can see a lot more of juror Tracy Hampton.

Playboy magazine promises "a not-so-innocent pictorial" of Hampton, who served as a juror until she complained of stress and was dismissed May 1.

Playboy spokeswoman Elizabeth Norris said Wednesday that at least one of the photos in the March issue will show the 26-year-old flight attendant in a mock courtroom. Norris declined to confirm reports that the photos show full frontal nudity.

Depardieu wants roles of classic vintage

Like the Loire valley wines that he produces, Gerard Depardieu mellowed with age. He no longer wants the tough guy roles that started his career.

"I don't like to see movies with guts and blood," he said Wednesday. "I prefer romance, comedy and historical roles."

Asked by a woman reporter when he planned to next play a romantic lead, the star of "Green Card" and "The Return of Martin Guerre" cracked: "Romantic? Whenever you want!"

Depardieu, who starred in "The Last Metro" and "Cyrano de Bergerac," was in London to promote exports from the Chateau de Tigne vineyards he bought in 1989.

Depardieu gave Harrods department store rights to sell his cabernet, called Cuve Cyrano and his chenin blanc in exchange for a $50,000 contribution to a Paris drug rehabilitation center.

Parade watchers tons less messy

Rose Parade spectators generated less trash this year compared to last year, but it was still a whopping amount, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday.

It took 75 city workers seven hours to clean up the 66.56 tons of debris on the parade route along Orange Grove, Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, said Cynthia Kurtz, director of Pasadena's Public Works and Transportation Department.

That's "just slightly less than last year," Kurtz said, when workers picked up about 69 tons of trash.

She said the lower number is the result of "a really aggressive job at recycling."

New stamp going for 'Rebel' look

The Postal Service is memorializing leather jackets, drive-ins and "living on the edge."

Postmaster General Marvin Runyon unveiled the new James Dean stamp at a ceremony Wednesday at the Planet Hollywood restaurant.

The stamp, which goes on sale in June, is the second in the Postal Service's "Legends of Hollywood" series. The first was 1995's Marilyn Monroe stamp.

The new stamp depicts a somber Dean with his trademark tousled hair and sideburns.

Dean appeared in "East of Eden" (1955) and "Giant" (1956) but his image was set with his portrayal of the brooding teen-ager Jim Stark in 1955's "Rebel Without a Cause."

"Even today, his very name stirs up powerful memories of leather jackets, diners and drive-ins, and living on the edge," Runyon said.

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