DEALS Miramax Films, a division of the Walt Disney Co., inked separate pacts this month with stand-up comedian and former talk-show host Jon Stewart, 32, and Friends star David Schwimmer, 29. Both stars will write for and appear in movies. In addition, the three-year deal for Stewart, who recently finished acting duties in Wishful Thinking with Drew Barrymore, calls for the erstwhile gabber to produce. Schwimmer’s contract, which will enable him to direct, follows the completion of his feature-acting debut in The Pallbearer (due in ’96) for Miramax.
LAWSUIT Actress Susan Anspach, 55, filed a nine-count breach-of-contract suit over a series of loans against Jack Nicholson, 58, her costar in 1970’s Five Easy Pieces and father of her son, Caleb, 25, on Oct. 30 in L.A. Since 1988, Anspach had accepted numerous loans from the actor and even signed a promissory note giving him control of her Santa Monica home, but the suit claims she was never expected to repay the money. Nicholson’s business manager, Robert Colbert, also named in the suit, did not return calls.
BIRTHS Twin boys, by way of a surrogate mother, to Robert De Niro, 52, and his former companion model-turned-restaurateur Toukie Smith, 43, on Oct. 20 in New York City. Though the couple’s romantic relationship ended four years ago, a spokesman for De Niro said that they ”look forward to sharing the parenting of the children.” De Niro has two other children, an adopted daughter, Drena, 27, and a son, Raphael, 18, both from his marriage to actress-singer Diahnne Abbott.
AILING Anna Nicole Smith, 27, hospitalized on Nov. 6 in Los Angeles following an ”adverse reaction to prescription medication,” according to a spokesman for the former model, who says there’s no truth to reports that Smith had overdosed.
DEATHS Emmy-nominated actress Rosalind Cash, 56, of cancer, on Oct. 31 in L.A. Cash appeared in many top TV series but is best remembered for her recent role as the matriarchal Mary Mae Ward on ABC’s General Hospital. ”Her wisdom, energy, and love of life will remain with us always,” says GH executive producer Wendy Riche…. British actor Paul Eddington, 68, of skin cancer, on Nov. 4 in London. Eddington played the bumbling politician on the BBC’s satirical hit Yes, Minister. ”He was probably the bravest man I ever met,” his friend and Minister costar Nigel Hawthorne said. ”He had been ill for many years but always bore it with dignity and humor.”
—Casey Davidson and Jessica Shaw