Celebrity news for the week of July 11, 1997
EXPECTING Baywatch babe Pamela Lee, 30, and her husband, Motley Crue beatmaster Tommy Lee, 34, are expecting their second child in December. The couple have a son, Brandon, 1.
EXITS Screenwriter Gary DeVore, 56, has been missing since the morning of June 28, when he left the Santa Fe house of actress Marsha Mason for his home in Carpinteria, Calif. His wife, Wendy, has put up a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts. DeVore wrote 1986’s Running Scared…. After five years as one of ESPN’s most popular SportsCenter anchors, Keith Olbermann, 38, made his final appearance on the cable network June 29. ”He asked to be released to pursue other opportunities,” says an ESPN spokesman, who denied the split was related to Olbermann’s April suspension for an unauthorized appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Beginning this fall, the anchor will host a news program currently in development for MSNBC.
DEALS On July 1, EMI Music Publishing announced it had purchased 50 percent of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s music publishing companies, one of the most valuable catalogs in pop music. The $132 million deal gives EMI the rights to over 100 No. 1 hits, including the Temptations’ ”My Girl.” ”Berry Gordy decided this is where he wanted his songs to be,” says Martin Bandier, CEO of EMI Music Publishing. The deal came 11 days after EMI Records, Jon Secada’s label, closed shop because of lagging sales.
DEATHS Actor William Hickey, 69, of complications due to emphysema and bronchitis, June 29, in New York City. Hickey received an Oscar nomination in 1985 for his portrayal of the loopy Mafia boss in Prizzi’s Honor. Hickey also was a well-known acting teacher whose students included George Segal and Barbra Streisand…. Singer Lawrence Payton, 59, of liver cancer, June 20, in Southfield, Mich. For more than 40 years, Payton sang with legendary Motown act the Four Tops. The remaining band members have said they will continue to tour but will not replace Payton.