Monitor: Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey file for divorce
Plus Jodie Foster, Steven Spielberg, and other stars in the news the week of March 20, 1998
Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, 35, her first child, in September. Foster won’t reveal the other half of the production team…. Three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin, 42, and her husband, photographer Mario Erwin, 42, are expecting their first child, a girl, in August.
After 16 months of marriage, singer Paula Abdul, 35, filed for divorce from clothing manufacturer Brad Beckerman, 31, March 9, in L.A. Abdul cited irreconcilable differences…. Mariah Carey, 28, ended her five-year marriage to Sony Music Entertainment chief Tommy Mottola, 49, March 4, in the Dominican Republic. Carey’s publicist won’t say why the couple, who separated last May, divorced in the Caribbean.
Talk-show host Morton Downey Jr., 64, following surgery to remove a tumor and the remaining portion of his right lung, March 4, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. Downey was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1996.
Former talent agency receptionist Jonathan Norman, 31, was found guilty of stalking director Steven Spielberg, March 4, in Santa Monica. Last July, Norman was detained by police when he was found near the director’s Pacific Palisades home carrying a list of Spielberg’s family members, duct tape, handcuffs, and a razor. Sentencing is set for April 22. Prosecutors are seeking 25 years to life.
Brillstein-Grey exec Brad Grey, 40, filed a $10 million breach-of-contract countersuit, March 4, against his former client Garry Shandling, 48. In court papers, Grey claims Shandling — who filed a $100 million conflict-of-interest suit against Grey in January — displayed ”improper conduct,” resulting in production delays and the loss of staffers from HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. ”I’m relieved,” says Shandling. ”I thought he was going to say I wasn’t funny.”
Actor Lloyd Bridges, 85, of natural causes, March 10, in L.A. (see Legacy on page 67)…. TV journalist Eric Breindel, 42, of complications due to a liver ailment, March 7, in New York City. Breindel, a former New York Post columnist, had been the host of Fox News Channel’s News Watch since April 1997…. Legendary newsman Fred Friendly, 82, after a series of strokes, March 3, in New York City. With partner Edward R. Murrow, Friendly created the pivotal ’50s documentary series See It Now, and was president of CBS News from 1963 to 1966.
— Suna Chang and Matthew McCann Fenton