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For a working couple like Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black, life together is mostly on the road. Country singer Clint is usually touring, while Lisa’s TV movies often keep her in Hollywood. So a week off for the Blacks, who will celebrate their fourth anniversary on Oct. 20, usually means staying home in Nashville or Los Angeles, where they have houses. “Clint and I make all these big plans for vacations, and then we don’t go,” says Lisa, 39, who stars in Judith Krantz’s Dazzle, a mini-series on CBS (Oct. 15, 17). “We put DND [do not disturb] on the phones and just stay put.” Not that they’re ever too far out of the loop, however. “Our neighbors in Nashville are June and Johnny Cash, and Nancy and George Jones, and I call them whenever something goes wrong in that house,” says the actress. “I tell them, ‘You’re my 911!’ ”


Shannen Doherty moves to a new zip code in Mallrats, a comedy about kids killing time in a New Jersey mall, due Oct. 20. “I hate malls,” says Doherty, 24, who plays a shop-till-you-drop type. “I’d rather be outside with my dogs.” She’d also rather not keep in touch with her costars in 90210, the series she left in 1994. “I’ve spoken to Luke Perry a few times,” she says. “Jason Priestley and I have communicated through other people. But I don’t speak to any of the actresses.” A year older and perhaps wiser, Doherty says her days of tabloid-chronicled tantrums are over. “At the time, my grandparents told my mom, ‘Lordy, what is Shannen doing?’ Now I’ve calmed down. So my grandparents show friends the old tabloids and say, ‘Look! This was our Shannen.’ ”


NBC’s Saturday night soap Sisters recently celebrated its 100th episode. “I can’t believe it myself,” says Swoosie Kurtz, 51, now in her sixth season playing the eldest sister, Alex. “Especially since I’ve lived an enormous life on the show: I’ve been mugged, married to a cross-dresser, divorced, arrested. I’ve had breast cancer. I rescued my daughter from a cult and deprogrammed her. I assisted my stepfather’s euthanasia because he had Alzheimer’s and was put on trial for murder. And that’s just my character.” What keeps the ensemble sane? “We work in a jerk-free atmosphere,” says Kurtz. “We have good days and bad days but no temper tantrums, no nightmares. Plus, for me it solves that pesky problem of what to do on a Friday night. I’m always working.”


Laurence Fishburne, who will play the first black Othello in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy due in December, won’t be drawn into a conversation about racism in Hollywood. “I don’t speak for everyone who comes in my skin color,” says Fishburne, 34. “Hopefully, things are changing. Where 20 years ago you had one or two black men who had opportunities, now you have a group of about five to seven of us. We can call that progress if you like.” Fishburne will, however, speak about that current hot topic, racism and the LAPD: “When I was younger in L.A., I used to get pulled over by the police for nothing—for being black, for dressing wild. Once it happened five times the same day because I was with a white girl. It’s real, let me tell you.”