Celebrity news for the week of October 9, 1998

By Tricia Laine
October 09, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

BIRTHS
Actor James Caan, 58, and wife, Linda, 42, welcomed their second son, eight-pound Jacob Nicholas, Sept. 24, in Los Angeles. Their son James Arthur is 2.

MISSING
Ten reels of footage from the Warren Beatty-Diane Keaton-Goldie Hawn comedy Town and Country, from a delivery van, Sept. 19, in New York City. When they weren’t found, the production was forced to reshoot the scenes. New Line Cinema is still offering a $5,000 reward.

LAWSUITS
Producer Peter Stuart, 38, filed a breach-of-contract suit against supermodel-cum-TV personality Cindy Crawford, 32, Sept. 18, 1998, in New York City. In court papers, Stuart alleges that Crawford failed to honor their joint-venture agreement when she developed, without him, the ABC special Sex With Cindy Crawford, which aired Sept. 22. Stuart is seeking unspecified damages. A spokesperson for Crawford declined to comment.

RECOVERING
Jim Carrey, 36, from a neck injury, suffered during an altercation with pro wrestler Jerry Lawler, Sept. 22, in L.A. Carrey and Lawler were between takes on the set of Man in the Moon, a biopic of late comedian Andy Kaufman, when the actor spit on the wrestler. ”It was Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman who spit on Lawler,” insists Carrey’s spokesperson. Lawler is the same wrestler who inflicted a similar injury on the real Kaufman in 1982…. Country crooner Johnny Cash, 66, from pneumonia. ”He’s in satisfactory condition,” says a spokeswoman at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, where the singer is currently undergoing treatment.

DEATHS
Jazz singer Betty Carter, 69, of pancreatic cancer, Sept. 26, in Brooklyn….Sesame Street writer and composer Jeffrey Moss, 56, of colon cancer, Sept. 24, in New York City. A Princeton grad, Moss cofounded the ground-breaking children’s show with Muppet master Jim Henson in 1969. He created such characters as Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch. Among other honors, Moss won 14 Emmys…. Actress Mary Frann, 55, of heart failure, Sept. 23, in L.A. Frann is best remembered for playing Bob Newhart’s wife in the CBS sitcom Newhart, which ran from 1982-90…. Writer Sam Locke, 81, Sept. 18, in San Diego. Locke began his career in radio and went on to write for movies, theater, and TV, including ABC’s McHale’s Navy (1962-66) and CBS’ All in the Family (1971-83).

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