Celebrity news for the week of September 26, 1997
WEDDINGS Did she see Fargo? Actor William H. Macy, 47, married actress Felicity Huffman (Hackers), 34, Sept. 6, in Aspen, Colo. It’s the first time for both.
ENGAGEMENTS As Captain Picard would say, ”Engage.” Though they haven’t set a date, former Star Trek: The Next Generation star Patrick Stewart, 57, and former Star Trek: Voyager producer Wendy Neuss, 39, have announced plans to wed. This will be Stewart’s second marriage, Neuss’ first.
DEALS Putting to rest speculation that she might leave TV — and leave her distributor, King World Productions, with little left in the syndication cupboard — one-woman empire Oprah Winfrey, 43, announced Sept. 15 that she will extend her talk-show contract. Her new deal, reportedly worth $130 million up front, runs through the 1999-2000 season. And after that? ”Please, we just got this done,” says a King World spokesman. ”Don’t make me crazy.”
SENTENCED Former Beverly Hills, 90210 bad girl Shannen Doherty, 26, to anger-management counseling and two years’ probation, Sept. 12, in Beverly Hills municipal court. The actress pleaded no contest to a vandalism charge stemming from an August 1996 incident in which she reportedly argued outside a West Hollywood bar with Corey Hanker, 22, on whose car window Doherty smashed a beer bottle when he tried to drive away. A spokeswoman for Doherty has no comment.
LAWSUITS Model Christie Brinkley, 43, filed a $42 million defamation suit against the National Enquirer, Sept. 9, in New York. Brinkley alleges the Enquirer has published numerous false and defamatory stories about her, including that she suffered from mental illness, leading her to ”order cops to shoot a cow that mooed at her while she was playing tennis.” In the same action, Brinkley charged her former personal assistant Beth LaFace with breach of contract, saying LaFace acted as a source for the tabloid. ”I am totally innocent,” says LaFace. A lawyer for the Enquirer has no comment.
DEATHS Director/ producer George Schaefer, 76, of undisclosed causes, Sept. 10, in L.A. In a career spanning 60 years, Schaefer directed over 50 Hallmark Hall of Fame productions for television. He also served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1979 to ’81.