Christian Slater's lawsuit and Bob Seger's new baby girl made news the week of May 5th
LAWSUIT After being sentenced to three days of community service for his arrest last December for gun possession, Christian Slater, 25, faces another legal fracas. On April 19 in Los Angeles, Slater’s former fianceé, writer-producer Nina Huang, 32, filed a $100,000-plus palimony suit against the actor. Huang contends that while the couple lived together on and off for nearly five years until April 1994, she abandoned ”full-time employment” and her own professional goals to work for him. Says Slater’s spokeswoman: ”This is just another example of the price of fame.”
MARRIAGE Extra anchor and daughter of musician Art Neville Arthel Neville, 32, exchanged vows with former Dallas Cowboys running back Derrick Lassic, 25, on April 22 in New Orleans. ”The Neville Brothers rocked the wedding,” says an Extra spokeswoman. ”They had the guests up and doing the electric slide.”
REAL ESTATE Executors of the estate of the late James Cagney are selling the actor’s 133-acre Stanfordville, N.Y., horse farm. The estate, which includes a stone house, barns, and an indoor riding ring, is where the screen tough guy died in 1986. Asking price: $2 million.
BIRTH An eight-pound girl, Samantha Char Seger, to rocker Bob Seger, 49, and his wife, Nita, 31, on April 16 in Naples, Fla. The couple also have a 2-year-old son, Cole. ”So far she sleeps all the way through the night,” says Seger. ”Knock on wood.”
RECOVERING Former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney, 35, following surgery for cervical cancer on April 5 in L.A. ”She’s very perky now,” says a spokeswoman for the comedian. ”The doctors said she’s going to be very healthy and have a complete recovery.”
DEATHS Actress and dance great Ginger Rogers, 83, of natural causes on April 25. See Tribute on page 18. Famed sportscaster Howard Cosell, 77, of a heart embolism, on April 23 in New York City. See Legacy, above … Art Fleming, 70, original host of the game show Jeopardy!, of cancer on April 25 in Los Angeles … Pianist Don Pullen, 53, who fused free jazz, bebop, and Latin rhythms, on April 22 in East Orange, N.J. ”Don was a natural musician,” says drummer Max Roach. ”He always approached his instrument in a highly individualistic manner.”