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Ted Turner's new girlfriend an old friend

By MARY EVERTZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 11, 2000


Media tycoon and man of the world Ted Turner now says his girlfriend is Frederique D'Arragon.

D'Arragon, 50-ish, is a French-born artist with Florida ties who maintains a home in Palm Beach. She also has places in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Paris.

D'Arragon has been in the picture for decades. In the '70s, when Turner was a globe-hopping yachtsman on the international sailing circuit, D'Arragon was very much in evidence.

Turner, who was honored three times as "yachtsman of the year" as well as a champion America's cup skipper, was also a regular at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. It was in the late '70s and early '80s that Turner skippered his 61-foot Tenacious out of the SPYC in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference races. D'Arragon was on both the party and sailing circuit with Turner as she crewed for him on some of the races.

Porter Bibb, who authored the biography Ted Turner: It Ain't as Easy as It Looks, describes D'Arragon as independently wealthy, intelligent and athletic. "She's an artist and a very good sailor, pilot and polo player. She's at least as smart and at least as good a sailor as he is," Bibb says.

Turner referred to D'Arragon as his girlfriend last week.

Hefty check for a cause

Actor Jennifer Flavin-Stallone was in the Tampa Bay area Friday, where she, along with Mark Bozek, chief executive officer and president of Home Shopping Network, presented a check to the Heart of a Child Foundation.

The $80,000 check was from contributions raised during the successful TV special hosted by Flavin-Stallone and her husband, Sylvester Stallone, on May 6 at their Beverly Hills, Calif., estate.

Co-hosting the all-day party with the Stallones were TV personalities Leeza Gibbons and Vanna White. Viewers of HSN and simultaneous Webcasts on HSN.com had a room-by-room tour of the Stallone estate. While "touring" the estate with the celebrities, fans had the opportunity to purchase Flavin-Stallone's line of Serious Skin Care products as well as participate in TV and online chats with the stars.

The Heart of a Child Foundation is dedicated to advancing research and the medical and surgical treatment of congenital heart defects. It is the Stallones' favorite cause because their daughter, Sophie, was born with a heart defect.

Pint-sized producer

Chaille Stovall, the precocious 11-year-old son of Colleen and John Stovall of Coral Gables, who has made his mark in film circles, was among the budding young filmmakers featured in the June 6 issue of USA Today.

Chaille was in St. Petersburg in March to film his latest movie, Bluesman Blues, at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival. His 1999 film, Looking 4 God, won the first place "Youth Vision Award" at the National Children's Festival in Indianapolis.

"I love telling true stories on film about life experiences," Chaille says in the article.

Looking 4 God is slated to be shown on HBO 30 by 30: Kid Flicks at 4:30 p.m. July 15.

Crudup update

New York Post columnist Liz Smith notes, " Billy Crudup, so hunky and talented, will soon be seen in Jesus' Son, based on Denis Johnson's collection of short stories. He's also decorating the cover of Black Book magazine now on the stands."

Crudup's career philosophy? "I do the very best I can every day, and that's why I get paid. I try to make a point of telling my agent to tell producers that I do a limited amount of publicity, and if that's a problem they should hire somebody else."

Crudup most recently was the lead in the movie Waking the Dead, released in April. He is the grandson of retired Episcopal Bishop James L. Duncan and his wife, Elaine, of Coral Gables. Duncan was the longtime rector of St. Peter's Cathedral in St. Petersburg before his election as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

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