Celebrity news for the week of May 8, 1998
Playwright Neil Simon, 70, and his third wife, Diane Lander, 45, filed for divorce, April 22, in L.A. It ends the couple’s second act: They married in 1987, divorced in 1988, and married again in 1990.
Charlie Sheen, 32, was robbed — and not of a part in Major League: Back to the Minors. On April 23, a set of rare baseball cards valued at $170,000, on loan from Sheen’s collection, were stolen from New York City’s Official All Star Cafe. According to restaurant management, which is offering ”a sizable reward” for the cards’ return, a glass case was smashed and the cards taken sometime after its 2 a.m. close. ”It’s a sad day when artifacts that represent the essence of this country’s heart and soul are removed from a public place of enjoyment,” said Sheen in a statement.
Bill Gerber, 40, from his post as copresident of worldwide theatrical production at Warner Bros., a job he had shared with Lorenzo di Bonaventura since ’96. The move comes on the heels of such box office disappointments as Fathers’ Day, Mad City, and The Postman. Gerber will remain at the studio as an independent producer.
South Park creators Trey Parker, 28, and Matt Stone, 26, signed on to produce an additional 40 episodes of their crude cartoon for Comedy Central. The cable-network contract is part of a larger $15 million, multipartner package that will allow the duo to develop feature-film projects and to receive a larger slice of Park‘s merchandising pie.
Producer Marvin Worth, 72, of complications from lung cancer, April 22, in L.A. Beginning as a manager for Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, Worth later produced the Oscar-nominated films Lenny, The Rose, and Malcolm X…. TV star Peter Lind Hayes, 82, of an undisclosed illness, April 21, in Las Vegas. With his wife, Mary Healy, Hayes starred in NBC’s The Peter Lind Hayes Show in 1950 and Peter Loves Mary in 1960…. Stage and TV star Liam Sullivan, 74, of a heart attack, April 19, in L.A. Sullivan was a regular on shows in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, including Dragnet, Star Trek, and L.A. Law…. The family of makeup artist George Masters, 62, disclosed that he had died of natural causes March 6, in L.A. Marilyn Monroe’s personal makeup man, Masters also made over First Daughter Lynda Bird Johnson for her night at the Oscars in 1966 and transformed Dustin Hoffman into a woman for 1982’s Tootsie.