Celebrity news from the week of Nov. 21
EXPECTING Actor Tony Randall, 77, and wife Heather, 27, are expecting their second child in June. The couple has a 7-month-old daughter, Julia Laurette.
BIRTHS Actress Teri Hatcher, 32, and her actor husband, Jon Tenney, 35, had a 7-pound, 12-ounce girl, Emerson Rose, Nov. 10, in L.A. This is the couple’s first child.
WINNERS If you thought only chic spots get respect — no soup for you! The 1998 New York City edition of the Zagat restaurant guide recognized surly chef Al Yeganeh, the model for Seinfeld‘s ”Soup Nazi,” by rating his take-out spot No. 14 among Manhattan’s finest eateries (tony Le Cirque 2000 ranked No. 32). Yeganeh refused to comment, demanding to be paid for an interview.
LAWSUITS Why was the tyrannosaur cross at the chicken? The Lyons Partnership, owners of Barney, filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against the Famous San Diego Chicken (a.k.a. Ted Giannoulas, 42), Oct. 8, in Fort Worth. According to court papers, Lyons is seeking a permanent injunction against the Chicken, who assaults a Barney-like character during performances at sporting events. The Chicken ”will continue to perform the skit until he’s ordered by a judge to stop,” says Kenneth Fitzgerald, Giannoulas’ attorney. ”Given the law permitting this kind of parody, we’re confident he will not get any such order.”
DEATHS Actress Louise Campbell, 86, of undisclosed causes, Nov. 5, in Norwalk, Conn. Campbell made her screen debut in 1937’s Bulldog Drummond Comes Back and costarred with Fredric March in 1938’s The Buccaneer…. Writer H. Richard Hornberger, 73, of leukemia, Nov. 4, in Portland, Maine. Under the pseudonym Richard Hooker, he turned his experiences as a surgeon in the Korean War into the 1968 novel M*A*S*H, which inspired the 1970 movie as well as the 1972-83 TV series…. TV personality Wally Bruner, 66, of liver cancer, Nov. 3, in Indianapolis. Bruner was an ABC News correspondent from 1965 to 1966 and a host of the game show What’s My Line? from 1968 to ’72…. Did Saturday Night Live observe a moment of silence? On Oct. 23, Luther Simjian, 92, inventor of the TelePrompTer, died of heart disease in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the TV staple, Simjian held patents on more than 200 inventions, including the ATM.