ENGAGED Melrose Place’s sensitive yet studly Andrew Shue, 28, to his former agent Jennifer Hageney. The two met last fall when Hageney represented Shue at the United Talent Agency. No date for the wedding has been set. LAWSUIT Chauffeur Fred Moroz filed a $30 million lawsuit against Man of the House star Chevy Chase on March 8 in L.A. Claiming breach of contract and emotional distress over an Aug. 4, 1994, incident that resulted in the driver’s arrest, the suit states that Moroz, following Chase’s orders, had picked up a package containing ”several white pills.” Moroz was then stopped by police, searched, and charged with possession of an illegal drug-Percocet, which requires a prescription. The charges were eventually dropped, but Moroz says he suffered financial damages because of the negative publicity. The suit also alleges that ”Moroz’s counsel (paid for by Chase) informed him that if he would take responsibility for possession of the narcotics Moroz would be paid $1 million.” A spokeswoman for Chase declined comment.
DEPARTURES More shake-ups for Mickey’s house. Richard Frank, 52, announced March 10 that he will leave his post as chairman of Walt Disney TV & Telecommunications. Filling the position will be Dennis Hightower, 53, former president of Disney consumer products for Europe and the Middle East.
DEATHS Publicity guru Edward Bernays, 103, of bladder cancer, on March 9 at his home in Cambridge, Mass. Dubbed the father of public relations, Bernays, a nephew of Sigmund Freud, advised everyone from U.S. Presidents to major corporations on the power of public opinion. ”He began as a publicist of Broadway productions, but until his final days he was angry that just about anyone could call themselves a publicist,” says Susanne Roschwalb, an American University communications professor currently writing a biography of Bernays. ”He had a strong sense of social responsibility.” Publisher Ian Ballantine, 79, a pioneer in paperback books and founder of Bantam, Penguin, and Ballantine, of cardiac arrest on March 9 in Bearsville, N.Y. ”Ian Ballantine took a chance on Another Roadside Attraction when nobody else cared or dared,” says novelist Tom Robbins. ”He was a short man. He was a giant.”