Celebrity news for the week of October 1, 2004
Law & Order: Special Romance Unit is more like it! SVU stars Mariska Hargitay (below), 40, and Peter Hermann, 36, married Aug. 28. It is the first marriage for both.
Warner Bros. execs have turned down an antiwar documentary made by filmmaker David O. Russell, 46, that he intended to include on the upcoming DVD rerelease of his 1999 movie Three Kings. ”We decided it was inappropriate to politicize Three Kings, which has its own very strong message, by attaching the documentary,” says a rep, who called the doc ”a political polemic.” The studio has given Russell permission to release the film independently, à la Fahrenheit 9/11. The filmmaker could not be reached for comment.
Nathan Lane, 48, was injured in act 1 of a Sept. 1 matinee of The Frogs in NYC, sustaining what his rep calls ”big gashes” in his legs during a quick exit through a trapdoor. An understudy took over for the rest of the performance and the evening show, but reps say the former meerkat is ”doing fine.”… Saxophonist and best-selling author Bill Clinton (My Life), 58, underwent quadruple bypass surgery Sept. 6 in NYC. He is expected to make a full recovery: ”The president’s optimism and faith will carry him through the difficult weeks and months ahead,” said wife Hillary…. Rapper Twista (né Carl Mitchell), 30, whose single with R. Kelly, ”So Sexy,” is currently No. 8 on Billboard’s rap chart, was injured in a Sept. 7 van crash that killed bodyguard Arthur Dixon outside Erie, Pa. Twista could not be reached for comment.
According to Reuters, on Sept. 7, the FCC unanimously voted to fine 20 CBS television stations a record $27,500 each for airing Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl boob flash. The decision will not be formally announced for several days, until commissioners finish writing their public statements.
Cinematographer David Myers (Woodstock, THX 1138), 90, of natural causes, Aug. 26, in Marin County, Calif…. Brazilian music producer Tom Capone (né Luis Antonio Ferreira Goncalves), 38, of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash shortly after he left the Latin Grammys (where he had been nominated for five awards), Sept. 2, in L.A…. Johnny Bragg, 79, leader of the Prisonaires, a group of Tennessee State Penitentiary inmates whose song ”Just Walkin’ in the Rain” put Sun Recordsthe studio that would go on to record Elvis Presleyon the map, of cancer, Sept. 1, in Nashville…. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Robert Lewin (The Bold and the Brave), 84, of bone and lung cancer, Aug. 28, in Santa Monica…. Iraqi artist and author Nuha al-Radi (Baghdad Diaries), 63, of pneumonia linked to treatment for leukemia, Aug. 30, in Beirut, Lebanon…. Actress Suzanne Kaaren Black-mer (1941’s The Devil Bat), 92, who once successfully battled the Donald to stay in a rent-controlled apartment in one of Trump’s NYC buildings, from complications of pneumonia, Aug. 27, in Englewood, N.J…. Poetry editor Donald M. Allen, 92, who worked with Jack Kerouac on ”Mexico City Blues”and Allen Ginsberg on ”Howl,” of pneumonia, Aug. 29, in San Francisco…. Swamp popster Joe Barry (”I’m a Fool to Care”), 65, of long-term heart problems, Aug. 31, in Cut Off, La.