Celebrity news for the week of April 3, 1998


Mad About You‘s Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt — hours before her Oscar win — signed on for year seven of their NBC sitcom. According to insiders, the duo will each get about $1 million per episode (they now receive $250,000). NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield issued a statement saying ”Paul and Helen… we’re still mad about you.”

Shock-talk-show host Jerry Springer, 54, signed a $2 million deal with Dumb and Dumber producer Steve Stabler for a comedy to shoot this summer. Contrary to rumors, the yet-untitled film will ”not be a life story,” says Springer. ”I can’t imagine anything more boring.”


Dad-do-run-run! Ex-pop singer Shaun Cassidy, 39, and his wife, actress Susan Diol, whose age is unavailable, welcomed their first child, 8-pound 2-ounce Juliet Jones Diol Cassidy, March 19, in L.A. Cassidy has two children from a previous marriage.

It’s a boy for Robert De Niro, 54, and wife, Grace Hightower, 43. The weight and name of the baby, born March 18 in New York City, were not disclosed. De Niro has two children with ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith and two with ex-wife Diahnne Abbott.


Guiding Light star Jordan Clarke, 48, and his wife, Valerie, 55, for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, March 19, in Boca Raton, Fla. According to a police report, cocaine, crack, butane burners, and pipes were found in the couple’s car after they were pulled over for driving without their headlights on. The Clarkes were released after posting bail, $5,000 for him and $3,000 for her. A court date was set for April 24. A spokesperson for the Clarkes declined to comment.


Singer Tony Orlando, 54, was cleared of sexual harassment and discrimination charges March 20, in Springfield, Mo., when a jury dismissed a $100,000 suit brought by ex-backup singers Sonya Buckelew, 37, and her sister Aleta, 34, who claimed he’d made sexual comments and verbally abused them. The Buckelews may appeal. Says their lawyer, ”I believe that the jury determined that he didn’t single out the women…he was rotten to everyone.” Orlando’s lawyer says the singer feels ”exonerated.”


Terry McQueen, 38, daughter of late actor Steve McQueen, of respiratory failure, March 19, at UCLA Medical Center in L.A. The head of the Red Lion production company in L.A., McQueen had a successful liver transplant just a few months ago.