Celebrity news for the week of Dec 12, 2003
Next summer, 90210 alum Tori Spelling, 30, will wed actor-writer Charlie Shanian, 34, whom she met while performing in his play Maybe Baby, It’s You.
Geena Davis, 47, and husband, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, expect twins this spring to join sib Alizeh, 1.
Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths (right), 35, and hubby, artist Andrew Taylor, said g’day to son Banjo Patrick Nov. 22 in Melbourne…. Cedric the Entertainer, 39, and his wife, Lorna Kyles, added Lucky Rose, born Nov. 30 in L.A., to their family. She joins brother Croix Alexander, 3…. Country star Travis Tritt, 40, and wife Theresa welcomed Tarian Nathaniel Nov. 20 in Marietta, Ga. He joins brother Tristan, 4, and sis Tyler, 5.
San Diego police were chasing Chasing Amy’s Joey Lauren Adams, 38, Nov. 28 on suspicion of drunk driving. Adams was arrested and later released…. Glen Campbell, 67, was arrested in Phoenix for drunk driving and hit-and-run, Nov. 24. (No one was injured.) Campbell, who also kneed an officer, later said he’d ”learned a valuable lesson.”
More than a dozen small film companies sued the Motion Picture Association of America Nov. 24, claiming its partial screener ban is too restrictive, will ”chill the financing” of indie films, and will impede their award contention. The companies seek $25 million in damages and ask that the ban be lifted. At press time, a hearing was scheduled for Dec. 3…. Michael Jackson and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, filed an invasion-of-privacy suit Nov. 25 against XtraJet, the company chartered to fly the King of Pop from Las Vegas to surrender in Santa Barbara Nov. 21. The pair alleges cameras were ”intentionally and surreptitiously” installed in the cabin to tape attorney-client conversations for profit. A California judge barred XtraJet from peddling or releasing the illegal footage. Reps for XtraJet did not return calls.
Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Roy E. Disney (right), 73, resigned from the board of directors Nov. 30. In a scathing resignation letter, Disney, the company’s last active family member, also demanded that CEO Michael Eisner step down. Disney’s complaints were echoed by longtime ally Stanley Gold, who also resigned from the media conglomerate’s board.
Diagnosed with pneumonia, spookmeister (and EW columnist) Stephen King, 56, underwent surgery Nov. 25 to remove fluid and scar tissue from his lungs. He is expected to make a full recovery…. Ray Charles, 73, underwent hip-replacement surgery Nov. 24, in L.A. The Grammy winner says he ”can’t wait to get back on the road.”
Newscaster Hal Walker, 70, CBS News’ first African-American correspondent, of prostate cancer, Nov. 25, in Reston, Va…. Songwriter Teddy Randazzo, 68, who penned such hits as Little Anthony and the Imperials’ ”Goin’ Out of My Head,” of heart failure, Nov. 21, in Orlando, Fla…. Albert Nozaki, 91, Oscar-nominated art director (The Ten Commandments), Nov. 16, in L.A…. TV director Earl Bellamy, 86, whose credits include M*A*S*H and The Lone Ranger, of a heart attack, Nov. 30, in Albuquerque, N.M.