ARRESTED The ”Big Man” stands accused of bad behavior. Clarence Clemons, 54, former sax player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, was arrested Jan. 3 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and charged with pushing his girlfriend, Sharlene Smalley, 50, to the ground and repeatedly kicking and punching her during an argument. A spokesman for Clemons declines to comment.
EXITS After 20 years with ABC, the last eight months of which he served as the chairman of ABC Entertainment, Ted Harbert, 41, announced Jan. 7 that he’s leaving ”to seek out new challenges.” Harbert led ABC to the No. 1 spot in the 1994-95 season, but the arrival last summer of programming wunderkind Jamie Tarses as president of ABC Entertainment greatly diminished Harbert’s responsibilities. The network says it has no plans to fill Harbert’s position.
DEATHS Catherine Scorsese, 84, mother of director Martin Scorsese, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, Jan. 6, in New York City. A garment worker for years, she played bit parts in GoodFellas and Casino, as well as in Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather III. Her recipes were recently compiled in Italianamerican: The Scorsese Family Cookbook…. Broadway and film composer Burton Lane, 84, of a stroke, Jan. 5, in New York City. Lane wrote the scores for Finian’s Rainbow and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever…. In a scenario straight out of the David Lynch films he appeared in, actor Jack Nance, 53, was found dead Dec. 30 in his South Pasadena, Calif., home, one day after being punched in the face during a fight at a doughnut shop. A coroner’s spokesman says the cause of death has yet to be determined; the L.A. police are investigating the case as a possible homicide. Nance played the electric-haired Henry Spencer in Lynch’s 1978 surreal cult classic, Eraserhead, and went on to work in most of Lynch’s movies. He has a small part in Lynch’s latest, Lost Highway, due Feb. 21…. Screenwriter Keith Anthony Walker, 61, of bone cancer, Dec. 30, in Franklin, Tenn. With his wife, actress Peggy Walton, Walker wrote the script for 1993’s Free Willy…. Patty Donahue, 40, of cancer, Dec. 9, in New York City. Donahue was the lead singer of the Waitresses, best known for 1982’s proto-Rules ditty ”I Know What Boys Like.”