NEW YORK (AP) -- Singer Reba McEntire says her biggest challenge has been confronting the domineering men in her life.
McEntire, 43, said in Sunday's Parade magazine that her father was a strict disciplinarian and her first husband, Charles Battles, dominated her.
"I married a rodeo cowboy very much like daddy. I don't know why I stayed with him. Charlie tried to control me. With Charlie it was 'Do what I say you need to do,"' McEntire said.
Battles told McEntire she'd have to quit singing if she wanted children because he had no intention of changing diapers. In 1986, after she was voted Entertainer of the Year, Battles told her she'd "pretty much peaked" and wouldn't be able to do much more.
After that, McEntire said she decided to leave her childless marriage and start a new life in Nashville. She married musician Narvel Blackstock in 1989 and the two have a son, 11-year-old Shelby.
"Some men try to brainwash their women into thinking that no other man would ever want them," McEntire said. "Men treat women that way out of insecurity, so they'll stay with them. It's getting into those relationships that makes your life such a living hell."
Marriage not in plans of Tiger Woods for now
RADNOR, Pa. (AP) -- Tiger Woods is so focused on becoming the best golfer ever that marriage might have to wait, his father says.
"I don't see Tiger marrying before 30, if then. Because he has a lot to accomplish in the game of golf," Earl Woods told TV Guide for its June 9 issue.
"And let's face it, a wife can sometimes be a deterrent to a good game of golf," he adds. "The level he's at, the finite little problems like that would destroy him."
Woods, 25, is single again after a recent break-up with his girlfriend of two years. He goes for his fifth straight major golf championship when the U.S. Open begins June 14.
Sisters got plenty of advice
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren say they could always count on advice from their big sister -- whether they wanted it or not.
"She was very bossy," Abby said with a smile at a celebration for their sister, Helen Brodkey, who turned 90 on Sunday. The columnists, who are twins, showed up at the nursing home where Brodkey lives Saturday.
"Helen tried to make ladies out of Eppie and me. She failed miserably. But she tried, she really did," Abby said.
The three sisters grew up as the Friedmans in Sioux City, Iowa.
"My twin and I were always getting into mischief," said Eppie, or Ann. "Helen was always sort of bailing us out."
The twins will turn 83 on the Fourth of July. Neither plans to retire.
Travolta's key to survival
NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor John Travolta says the key to surviving his rollercoaster 26-year career has been not caring exclusively about success.
"I love my career," Travolta, 47 said in an interview in Sunday's Daily News. "I love the bravado of it. Sometimes it works great, sometimes it works good and sometimes it doesn't work."
Travolta's star dimmed dramatically after his 1970s idol-making role in "Saturday Night Fever." The New Jersey-born actor went into free-fall with a series of flops including "Staying Alive," "Two of a Kind" and "Moment by Moment."
When Travolta was hailed as the comeback kid after starring in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" he was tempted to point out he'd been working steadily for the last two decades.
"I kept saying, 'Well, you know, I've actually been around.' But Quentin told me, 'Leave it alone. Don't you get it? They're doing you a favor."
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