Celebrity news for the week of August 4, 1995

By Jessica Shaw and Daneet Steffens
Updated August 04, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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WED
Roseanne’s ex Tom Arnold, 36, and college student Julie Champnella, 22, on July 22 in Dearborn, Mich. ”Any sorrow I previously experienced is all washed away by the joy I feel right now,” Arnold said at the nuptials. The 550 guests were treated to a make-your-own-sundae bar and a hot dog stand wheeled in at midnight.

BORN
An 8-pound-10-ounce girl, Matalin Mary Carville, a.k.a. Matty, to Mary Matalin, 41, and James Carville, 50, on July 20 in Washington, D.C.

EXITING
Chicago Hope star Mandy Patinkin, 42, announced last month that he’ll leave the series — which earned eight Emmy nominations (including Patinkin’s for best dramatic actor) last month — after eight more episodes. ”Mandy would like to spend more time with his family,” says the actor’s spokesman. ”He’s a New Yorker at heart, so he needs a show here. Maybe Central Park West should hire him.”

FIGHTING
Singer/psychic friend La Toya Jackson, 39, sought bankruptcy protection on July 18 in New York City. She filed after a New York court gave the famed Paris nightclub the Moulin Rouge permission to collect $650,000 from the singer for a breach-of-contract judgment. According to Jackson’s husband and manager, Jack Gordon, she will ”most likely withdraw” the filing soon because the two parties are close to a settlement.

DEAL
Jim Henson Pictures is the bouncing baby of a union between Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Cos. and the Muppet-making Jim Henson Productions, which Jim’s son Brian heads. The venture, announced July 20, will make family-oriented films. Brian’s sister, Lisa Henson, president of Columbia Pictures, ”had no active participation in the deal, though she is very happy about it,” says a Henson Productions spokeswoman.

SPLIT
After 7 1/2 years of marriage, actress Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, 30, filed for divorce from current Batman Val Kilmer, 35, on July 21 in L.A., citing ”irreconcilable differences.” She’s seeking custody of their children, Mercedes, 3, and newborn Jack.

DEAD
Grammy-winning country singer Charlie Rich, 62, of natural causes, July 25, in Hammond, La. Rich, known as the Silver Fox because of his mane, is best remembered for his ’70s hits ”Behind Closed Doors” and ”The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”

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