WEDDINGS Veronica’s Closet costar Kathy Najimy, 41, married ex-Stomp performer Dan Finnerty, 28, in L.A., Aug. 8. The couple has a 20-month-old daughter, Samia. It’s a first marriage for both.
LAWSUITS Caddy James Parker, 48, filed a $155 million gross-negligence suit against actor Michael Douglas, 53, Aug. 6, in New York City. In court papers, Parker alleges that last October, at White Plains’ Elmwood Country Club, Douglas hit a golf ball that struck him in the groin, then walked away making a derogatory comment. Parker claims he suffered a ruptured testicle. In a statement, Douglas called the claims ”totally false and slanderous.” … Actress Mimi Rogers, 42, filed a $10 million libel suit against the Home Shopping Network, Aug. 4, in L.A. In court documents, Rogers alleges that the company planted a ”false and defamatory” story in the June 2 National Enquirer, which stated that Rogers ”went ballistic” and ”cursed like a sailor” upon hearing that two HSN shows promoting her Stretch and Flex exercise device were to be canceled. ”We don’t comment on matters under litigation,” says an HSN spokesman. Rogers’ lawyer says the story ”is made up.” … Comedian Bob Hope, 95, filed a copyright-infringement suit against Rainbow Media Holdings and American Movie Classics, Aug. 7, in L.A. In court papers, Hope alleges that AMC’s Bob Hope: The Road to the Top used photos and home movies without permission. Hope is seeking unspecified damages. An AMC spokeswoman had no comment.
DEALS Just call him a quadruple hyphenate. Rapper, actor, and Bad Boy Entertainment CEO Sean ”Puffy” Combs, 28, will now add author to his credits. Combs will receive a seven-figure advance from Ballantine to pen an autobiography with reporter Mikal Gilmore. The book is scheduled for fall 1999.
DEATHS Hungarian-born actress Eva Bartok, 72, Aug. 1, in London, after reportedly suffering heart trouble. Bartok appeared in more than 30 films, including 1952’s The Crimson Pirate. In later years Bartok claimed that her daughter Deana was the product of a 1956 fling with Frank Sinatra, an issue he never addressed … William Bottrell, 7, son of songwriter and music producer Bill Bottrell, from a fall, Aug. 6, in Caspar, Calif. The boy’s body was found at the bottom of a 70-foot cliff, not far from his father’s recording studio. Bottrell won a Grammy for producing Sheryl Crow’s 1994 single ”All I Wanna Do.”