Celebrity news for the week of June 23, 1995
Courtney Love, 30, at her Seattle home, following a brief hospitalization at Harborview Medical Center on June 11. According to police reports, a friend called the Seattle Fire Department and said she believed Love had overdosed on prescription medicine. However, a spokesman for the singer denies it was an overdose. ”She was having an adverse reaction to drugs her doctor had prescribed,” he says. ”Now she’s fine.” Gordon Schultz of Washington State’s Child Protective Services says the incident will have no effect on Love’s custody of daughter Frances Bean, 2.
On June 13, eight days after Seagram president Edgar Bronfman Jr., finalized the purchase of MCA, the studio announced its alliance with DreamWorks SKG for several ventures, including foreign (but not domestic) distribution rights to all live-action and animated movies produced by the fledgling Spielberg/Katzenberg/Geffen company. The deal was closed in the wake of Bronfman’s failure to hire CAA chief Michael Ovitz as studio boss. Despite speculation, troika member Jeffrey Katzenberg denies that SKG was influenced by the Ovitz negotiations. ”We made it very clear,” he says, ”that if Ovitz was Bronfman’s choice, we would be very supportive of it. We waited eight months to make this deal.”
2 Live Crew founder Luther Campbell filed for bankruptcy on June 13 in Miami. Campbell sought protection under Chapter 11 after fellow rapper M.C. Shy D obtained a lien against some of Campbell’s property (Campbell owed Shy D $1.6 million from a royalties dispute last year). The bankruptcy filing prevents the forced sale of the land.
Actor James Caan, 54, and his girlfriend, Linda Stokes, plan to wed in September. This will be the fourth marriage for each.