Celebrity news for the week of June 4, 1999
Eddie Murphy, 38, and his wife, Nicole, 31, announced they’re expecting their fourth child, though they didn’t specify when. Their brood now includes daughter Bria, 9, and sons Myles, 6, and Shayne, 4.
Former Disney studio chief and current DreamWorks boss Jeffrey Katzenberg, 49, after an L.A. court ruled that the Walt Disney Co. had breached his contract in 1996 and should pay him a bonus withheld from him after his departure (as well as interest on that bonus). The May 19 ruling — which also found that Disney had not committed fraud — ends the contentious and acrimonious second phase of Katzenberg’s lawsuit against his former employer; what remains is to determine the actual amount due him. ”We feel the ruling is very fair,” says a Disney spokesperson. Katzenberg’s lawyers did not return phone calls.
Reality-based TV (e.g., Fox’s Cops) got collared by the Supreme Court, when, in a unanimous ruling May 24, the justices decreed that the police violate the constitutional guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure when they allow reporters and camera crews to enter homes to record law enforcement. The ruling still allows the media to ”ride along” with police as long as they don’t enter private residences.
Professional wrestler Owen Hart, 34, from massive chest and head injuries suffered in a fall, May 23, in Kansas City, Mo. According to police, Hart, known in the World Wrestling Federation as ”Blue Blazer” and brother of World Championship Wrestling star Bret ”The Hitman” Hart, accidentally slipped off a 90-foot-high catwalk and fell as he was preparing to be lowered by a cable into the ring during a live pay-per-view event in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena. In a statement, the WWF said, ”There are no words that can express the profound sorrow felt by so many of us.” At the time he fell, the telecast was showing a pretaped interview with Hart and so his death was not broadcast…. Actress Vanessa Brown, 71, May 21, of cancer, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Brown starred on Broadway in 1952’s The Seven Year Itch (in the role Marilyn Monroe immortalized on film) and played Jane in 1950’s Tarzan and the Slave Girl…. Character actor Norman Rossington, 70, of cancer, May 21, in Manchester, England. A veteran of over 40 films, Rossington played opposite Elvis (in Double Trouble) and the Beatles (in A Hard Day’s Night)…. Reggae pioneer Augustus Pablo, 46, of myasthenia gravis, a nerve disorder, May 18, in Kingston, Jamaica. Pablo, born Horace Swaby, was influential as a composer and producer of the mystical instrumentals labeled dub…. Character actor Henry Jones, 86, after a fall in his Santa Monica home, May 17. Jones played over 400 roles in his stage, film, and TV career, most notably the handyman in the Broadway and Hollywood versions of Maxwell Anderson’s The Bad Seed. In 1958, he won a Tony portraying FDR confidant Louis Howe in Sunrise at Campobello.