Oprah Winfrey and "Melrose Place" star make changes: Week of Oct. 20, 1995

By Jessica Shaw
Updated October 20, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Deals

As if from some post-apocalyptic rain cloud, the fallout from the O.J. Simpson trial shows no sign of abating. Prosecutors Marcia Clark and Chris Darden have both signed with the William Morris Agency to explore literary, TV, and film opportunities. Meanwhile, ICM dropped longtime client O.J. Simpson. Last week, ICM chief Jeff Berg announced that the agency would not look to profit from any of Simpson’s after-trial activities….Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, the richest woman in showbiz, became a lot wealthier last week, announcing on Oct. 6 in Chicago that she’s signed with King World Productions to host The Oprah Winfrey Show for at least two more years. Now in control of 2 million shares of King World stock, Winfrey reportedly made an estimated $1 million when the stock market reacted favorably to word she’d carry on. ”It’s never been clearer to me that the positive direction we’re headed is the right way to go,” Winfrey, who earns a reported $74 million a year, said in a statement….Wildly uninhibited showgirl Elizabeth Berkley has left CAA for the United Talent Agency. Speculation is that Berkley was miffed that the high-powered agency failed to line up a project to follow her much-hyped, though poorly reviewed, feature debut. ”She’s here because she doesn’t have a job,” says her new agent, Stephen Small.

Weddings

His nuptials on screen have been on-and-off at best, but Melrose Place face Andrew Shue, 28, did make it to the altar with his former agent, Jennifer Hageney, without a hitch, on Oct. 7 in Montana. ”They managed to keep it private” was all Shue’s publicist would say….Former Cheers star Ted Danson, 47, and actress Mary Steenburgen, 42, were married Oct. 7 at their million-dollar home on Martha’s Vineyard. Most of the Cheers barflies were on hand — including Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Kirstie Alley, and John Ratzenberger — but the real VIP treatment was reserved for President Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, who also attended.

Deaths

New York City Opera conductor and administrator Christopher Keene, 48, of AIDS, on Oct. 8 in Manhattan….TV writer John Greene, 82, creator of My Favorite Martian, on Oct. 4 in Los Angeles. Greene also wrote for a variety of Nick at Nite staples, including Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie…. Internationally syndicated astrologer Patric Walker, 64, of salmonella poisoning, on Oct. 8 at his apartment in London. Through his contracts with Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper and magazine empire, and with other publications, Walker, a Libra, reached more than 20 million readers in America alone.

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