Celebrity news for the week of July 18, 1997

LAWSUITS: Singer John Corabi, formerly of Motley Crue, filed suit against the band and their label, Elektra Records, July 7 in L.A. for breach of contract, fraud, slander, and other complaints. Corabi, who replaced the band’s original lead singer, Vince Neil, in 1992 and was replaced himself when Neil returned last year, claims he is owed about $4 million for his work and royalties on the 1994 album Motley Crue and the recently released Generation Swine. Corabi also says that the other band members ”bad-mouthed” him in interviews after he left. Spokespeople for the band and Elektra decline to comment.

DEATHS: L.A. arts patron Dorothy Chandler, 96, of natural causes, July 6, in Hollywood. The wife of the late Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, she made her greatest impact by raising the funds to build L.A.’s Music Center, a project that revitalized the city’s downtown in the 1960s. The center’s largest auditorium, which has often hosted the Academy Awards, was named the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion….TV newsman Charles Kuralt, 62, of heart failure, July 4, in New York City. The bare highlights of Kuralt’s four-decade career as a journalist are as weighty as anyone’s: winner of 12 Emmy awards, host of CBS News Sunday Morning for 15 years, best-selling author of 1990’s A Life on the Road. But Kuralt’s true legacy won’t be found on a resume. Beginning in 1967, his long-running ”On the Road” reports, lyrical dispatches from America’s back roads and small towns, gently persuaded viewers that TV news can be about poetic storytelling and humanistic warmth. ”His greatest contribution was that he reminded us that people lead real and different lives out there in the land,” says ABC anchor Peter Jennings. ”He reminded us there’s more to life than the one big story we all slavishly follow on any given day.”…Jimmy Stewart, 89, of a clot in the lung, July 2, in Beverly Hills. (See page 36.)… Actress Rosina Lawrence, 84, of cancer, June 23, in New York City. Lawrence, who began as a dancer in such films as Paramount on Parade (1930), was best known for her role as the teacher Miss Lawrence in the ”Our Gang” and ”Little Rascals” films of the ’30s.