Plus Sade, Gail Davis, and other celebrities making news the week of March 28, 1997
ARRESTS Apparently she’s no smooth operator. Grammy-award-winning singer Sade, 38, was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, disobeying a police officer, and disorderly conduct, Feb. 25, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Police say the reclusive songstress ignored and then cursed an officer after he signaled her to stop at a busy intersection. The sultry one was not reachable for comment.
LAWSUITS Kevin Costner, 42, sued the British magazine Hello! for libel and invasion of privacy, March 18, in L.A. Costner claims Hello! printed a ”fabricated interview” portraying him as a womanizer, a bad father, and an uncommitted actor and filmmaker. The magazine has no comment.
DEATHS Gun-toting actress Gail Davis, 71, of cancer, March 15, in Burbank, Calif. Davis first made a name for herself by doing her own trick shooting and riding stunts in a number of Gene Autry films. In the ’50s, she played the title character in the popular children’s Western TV series Annie Oakley…. Producer Robert Saudek, 85, of natural causes, March 13, in Baltimore. Saudek was best known for his work as creator and executive producer of TV’s Omnibus (1952-1961), a program that revolutionized television by turning politics, science, and the fine arts into subjects of mass entertainment. ”We had some marvelous times,” says Omnibus host Alistair Cooke. ”Saudek was the most remarkable man. He was the pioneer of cultural television.”… Producer Alexander Salkind, 75, of leukemia, March 8, in Paris. The flamboyant, big-budget-minded Salkind produced 11 films, many of them with his son, Ilya. The two are probably best known for producing the first three Superman movies, starring Christopher Reeve. Salkind’s last movie was Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), which suffered numerous financial difficulties and later spawned a lawsuit pitting father against son. Although they never produced together again, the two did eventually resolve their personal differences…. Soap-opera director Frank Pacelli, 72, of heart failure, March 7, in L.A. The five-time Emmy-award winner was a daytime-drama veteran, directing episodes of Dark Shadows, Days of Our Lives, and, for the past 16 years, The Young and the Restless.