Celebrity news for the week of May 21, 2004
Survivor: All-Stars’ ”Boston” Rob Mariano, 28, proposed to winner Amber Brkich, 25, on the show’s May 9 finale in NYC. It will be the first marriage for both.
Van Helsing star Kate Beckinsale, 29, wed her Underworld director, Len Wiseman, on May 9 in L.A. It is the first marriage for both.
Country star Deana Carter, 38, and filmmaker Chris Hicky, 30, expect their first child this fall.
It’s a girl for Dharma & Greg’s Thomas Gibson, 41, and wife Cristina. Born April 28, Agatha Marie joins the couple’s two sons, J.P., 4, and Travis, 1…. Charmed star Holly Marie Combs, 30, and husband David Donoho greeted their first-born, son Finley Arthur Donoho, April 26 in L.A.
David Bowie (right), 57, called off a May 6 concert at Miami’s James L. Knight center after Walter Thomas, 44, a local stagehand, suffered a fatal fall minutes before the concert was to begin. The show won’t be rescheduled.
Country singer Charley Pride, 66, is recuperating after undergoing brain surgery for a subdural hematoma at an undisclosed hospital May 8. Pride’s 12-day Canadian tour, originally scheduled to begin this week, has been bumped to August.
Real World: Miami housemate Dan Renzi, 29, was arrested May 5 for indecent conduct at the Strand Theater, a Kansas City adult novelty store. He was released the same day after posting $500 bail.
Disney is blocking its indie division, Miramax, from releasing director Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, a documentary that links President Bush to Osama bin Laden’s family and is critical of Bush’s handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. According to Disney spokeswoman Zenia Mucha, Moore ”has had and continues to have every opportunity to either find another distributor or distribute the film himself.” Despite the flap, the film is expected in theaters this year.
On April 30, Oak Productions, Inc., which controls the rights to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name and likeness, sued Bosley Bobbing Head Doll Company for producing unauthorized bobble-heads of the California Governator, 56. Says Bosley’s lawyer: ”What could have more protection under the First Amendment than playfully making fun of a politician?”
Actress Virginia Capers (below), 78, a Tony winner for the 1974 musical Raisin, of pneumonia, May 6, in L.A…. Record producer Clement ”Coxsone” Dodd, 72, who worked with reggae artists such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, of a heart attack, May 4, in Kingston, Jamaica…. Phil Gersh, 92, founder of the Gersh Agency and rep for such stars as Humphrey Bogart and David Niven, of undisclosed causes, May 10, in Beverly Hills…. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nelson Gidding (1958’s I Want to Live!), 84, of congestive heart failure, May 2, in Santa Monica…. Gilbert ”Zulu” Kauhi, 66, who played Det. Kono Kalakaua on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 from 1968 to ’72, of complications from diabetes, May 3, in Hilo, Hawaii…. Broadway actress Betty Miller (Three Sisters, You Can’t Take It With You), 79, of heart failure, May 3, in NYC.