BOSTON (UPI>-A psychiatrist has
told a U.S. District Court jury she felt
"outrage and humiliation" when she
discovered she was the model for a lesbian character in the movie version of
Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar.
Jane V. Anderson, 55, an assistant
professor of psychiatry at Harvard
Medical School, said Monday she was
defamed by her depiction as Plath's
suicidal lesbian lover in the 1979 movie
based on the largely autobiographical
Under questioning by her lawyer-
Anderson described the "very painful
and upsetting feelings of outrage and
humiliation" she felt whe she first
viewed the film in a Boston theater.
Testifying in the third day of her $6
million federal court suit, Anderson
said when she first read the book in
1971, she was shocked. She said it was
obvious the Joan Gilling character in
the book was based on her, even down to
the physical description of her as "horsey."
Anderson grew up in Wellesley with
Plath, attended the same church and
junior high school and was a year ahead
of Plath at Smith College. Both were
mental patients at the same time at
McLean Hospital in Belmont.
Among the 14 defendants named in
the suit are Ted Hughes, the British poet
laureate and Plath's widower, who sold
the movie rights. Plath committed suicide in 1963, a month after The Bell Jar
Defense lawyers claim the movie and
book depict fictional characters in fictional setting.
Anderson also denied she ever
"exchanged physical affections" with
the author or any other woman, as the
defense has alleged.
She explained a Jan. 23,1950, entry in
a diary she kept during her freshman
year at Smith. Anderson wrote she and
a female roommate were in "bed
together for the first time since we've
She said it was not a reference to a
homosexual liaison, but indicated they
had gone to bed in separate beds at the
same time. Anderson said she usually
stayed up studying later than her roommate and had to be careful not to disturb
her when she went to bed.
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DALLAS (UPI)—The Texas attorney
general's office'has won a temporary
restraining order against a direct-sales
firm accused of unlawfully marketing
its products as a preventive or cure for
health disorders ranging from AIDS to
State District Judge Harlan Martin
Wednesday ordered the Carrollton-
based United Sciences of America Inc.
to discontinue the sale, marketing and
distribution of medicines the company
sold through an alleged illegal pyramid
Stephen Gardner, assistant attorney
general, said that Attorney General Jim
Mattox sued USA primarily for violations of federal drug laws. The pyramid
scheme is secondary to the suit, but
served as "a clean-cut, fast way to shut
them down." Gardner said. Telephones
Wednesday at USA Inc. were answered
by a recorder which told callers that personnel were unavailable and assured
them that "this is only a temporary
According to the lawsuit, USA Inc.
has promoted its products for the cure,
treatment and prevention "of a myriad
of human diseases and conditions
including AIDS, cancer, osteoporosis,
heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, excessive weight, colitis, diverticulosis, premenstrual syndrome, acne and
The lawsuit also accused the company of false advertising.
The products were marketed by USA
Inc. under the names of Master Formula, Formula Plus, Fiber Energy Bar
and Calorie Control Bar.
The court order bans USA from "selling, delivering, offering for sale, holding for sale or giving away" of the four
named products "or any other product."
USA Inc., a one-year-old company,
last week filed for reorganization under
Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy
It gained national attention in recent
months because of endorsements it
received from noted scientists and
United Sciences has more than
100,000 distributors throughout the
country and has been promoted by
sports stars including tennis champion
Chris Evert-Lloyd, New York Mets
catcher Gary Carter, San Francisco
49ers quarterback Joe Montana and
Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett.
ne judge set a court hearing on the
civil suit Feb. 6. Similar lawsuits were
filed Wednesday against United Sciences Inc. in New York and California.
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