Plus Nikki Sixx, Scott Weiland, and more celebrities making news the week of January 24, 1997
EXITS The Budweiser frogs are croaking a new lyric: Bye-bye-weiser. After three years, the hugely popular amphibians will appear in two more promos before retiring to wetter pastures. Anheuser-Busch denies the spots are being pulled in response to the criticism of alcohol ads targeted at kids.
WEDDINGS Buxom Baywatch blond Donna D’Errico, 28, and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, 38, were wed Dec. 23, in Malibu. The couple met last year after being introduced by buxom Baywatch blond Pamela Lee and her sometime husband, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. This is the first marriage for D’Errico, the second for Sixx.
SPLITS From the ”Ex”-Files: Gillian Anderson, 28, has separated from Clyde Klotz, 35, a former Files art director, after three years of marriage. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Piper. No cause for the split was given.
RECOVERING Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, 29, is back in drug rehab, forcing the band to cancel three shows on its current tour. In May, the band canceled its summer tour after a judge ordered Weiland into a treatment program. ”It’s a positive thing because this time he’s going in on his own,” says a spokesman for STP’s label…. Venerable crooner Frank Sinatra, 81, suffered what doctors termed an ”uncomplicated” heart attack Jan. 9, and was taken to L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. ”His prognosis is good, and he may be released this week,” Sinatra’s spokeswoman said Jan. 14.
DEATHS Veteran actor and TV producer Sheldon Leonard, 89, of undisclosed causes, Jan. 10, in Beverly Hills. Leonard appeared in more than 150 films, including It’s a Wonderful Life (as Nick the bartender), often playing tough guys. In the ’50s and ’60s, he produced a number of classic sitcoms, including The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. ”He was one of the most creative men in the business,” says Carl Reiner, who created Van Dyke…. Hangdog actor Jesse White, 79, of cardiac arrest following colon-cancer surgery, Jan. 8, in L.A. Although he appeared in more than 60 features, including Harvey (1950), and had numerous TV and stage credits, White was best known for his 22-year commercial stint as the lonely Maytag repairman.