Celebrity news for the week of May 24
Weddings Lip-locked lovers Antonio Banderas, 35, and Melanie Griffith, 38, got hitched May 14, in a quiet, 15-minute civil ceremony in London, according to press reports. It’s the second marriage for Banderas and the fourth for Griffith, who’s expecting the couple’s first child in September.
Real Estate Think the Manhattan pad she shares with Rachel is big? Friends‘ Courteney Cox, 31, has reportedly traded in her relatively cozy Santa Monica abode for a $2 million-plus four-bedroom Brentwood spread. Heck, Phoebe could move in too.
Expecting Kneecapped Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan, 26, and her agent-turned-husband, Jerry Solomon, 41, expect their first child in December. Kerrigan will keep skating in ice shows through mid-July, according to Solomon, who has a son from a previous marriage.
Lawsuits Actress Hunter Tylo, 33, filed a wrongful-firing and breach-of-contract suit May 13 against Uberproducer Aaron Spelling’s production company, claiming that Tylo, who had recently been hired to play a beautiful adulteress on Melrose Place, got the heave-ho when she told the producers she was pregnant. ”This decision was completely based on the character in the show,” says a Spelling Television spokeswoman…
Singer Mary J. Blige’s former managers want to know ”What’s the 411?” JDW Entertainment filed a $1 million breach-of-contract suit against Blige May 8, claiming she’d reneged on a promise to pay the company a portion of the profits from her 1995 double-platinum album, My Life. Blige and JDW parted ways in 1994…
Don’t tell Samuel L. Jackson to ”break a leg.” The 47-year-old star’s $540,000 award from the New York City Transit Authority was upheld May 7 by a New York State appeals court. The decision dates back to 1988, when the then-struggling actor caught his foot in a subway door and was dragged 300 feet on a station platform, injuring his knee.
Deaths Country singer-songwriter Walter Hyatt, 46, in the May 11 ValuJet crash in the Florida Everglades. Hyatt was known for his fusion of jazz, folk, and country on such albums as 1990’s King Tears (coproduced by close friend Lyle Lovett). His work appears on an Austin compilation reviewed in this issue.