Celebrity news for the week of Sept. 9, 2005
TRIBUTE Had Chris Farley been alive for the unveiling of his Hollywood Walk of Fame star Aug. 26, ”he would have lifted his mom up,” said Tom Arnold, referring to Mary Anne Farley (with Adam Sandler). ”Seeing his family happy would’ve thrilled him.”
WEDDINGS Robert Downey Jr., 40, married producer Susan Levin (Gothika), Aug. 27 on Long Island. This is the actor’s second marriage and her first.
BIRTHS Jerry Seinfeld, 51, and wife Jessica Seinfeld-Sklar, 34, greeted their third child, Shepherd Kellen, Aug. 22 in NYC.
HIRED The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, 49, a vice president on Aug. 23. Hanks succeeds Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates, 71.
STOLEN One of the pairs of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, which is insured for $1 million, went missing from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., the weekend of Aug. 27. No arrests have been made.
ARRESTS Art Garfunkel, 63, was cited for alleged pot possession in Woodstock, N.Y., Aug. 28, after police say they pulled him over for running a stop sign. Garfunkel, who pleaded guilty last year to a similar charge, was given a ticket and is due back in court Sept. 22.
COURTS On Aug. 25, Gladiator Russell Crowe, 41, reportedly reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement with Nestor Estrada, an NYC hotel worker who claimed the actor hit him with a telephone in June. Crowe’s reps did not return calls for comment…. On Aug. 24, Justin Timberlake, 24, accepted undisclosed damages and an apology from the British tabloid News of the World, which falsely reported that he cheated on girlfriend Cameron Diaz. Reps say Timberlake has dropped his libel suit, filed in London a month after the July 2004 article, and will donate the monetary award to charity.
PROBES Pixar Animation has received an ”informal request” for information from the SEC amid reports it had underestimated return rates for the Incredibles DVD, which was released last March. This follows last month’s SEC DreamWorks Animation inquiry after a flurry of lawsuits alleged the company inflated its stock value by overestimating Shrek 2 DVD sales. DreamWorks denies the allegations.
RECOVERING Death Row Records founder Marion ”Suge” Knight, 40, was shot in the leg Aug. 28 at a Miami party for the MTV Video Music Awards. Knight is expected to fully recover. There are no suspects.
AILING Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson (The Piano Lesson, Fences), 60, announced that he has inoperable liver cancer. The playwright continues to rework Radio Golf, the final chapter of his 10-play cycle about the African-American experience in the 20th century.
DEATHS Actor Mel Welles, 81, who played florist Gravis Muchnik in the 1960 film Little Shop of Horrors, Aug. 19, of heart failure, in Norfolk, Va…. Stage director Clifford Williams (Sleuth), 78, a longtime Royal Shakespeare Company associate, Aug. 20, of lung cancer, in London.
MISSING On Aug. 19, singer Madeleine Peyroux, 31, was announced ”missing,” only to turn up days later in NYC. Actress Scout Taylor-Compton, 16, was reunited with her family Aug. 25 after running away. The next day, music producer Christian Irwin, 48, who vanished Aug. 21, was found in Topanga Canyon, Calif. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials continue to search for Olivia Newton-John’s boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, 48, missing since his boat docked in San Pedro, Calif., on July 1. A Coast Guard rep says they have no leads.
(Additional reporting by Leah Greenblatt and Adam B. Vary)