Dom DeLuise's death and Woody Allen's lawsuit made news the week of May 15, 2009
Actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, 31, and Peter Sarsgaard, 38, said ”I do” May 2 in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal and girlfriend Reese Witherspoon reportedly in attendance…. On May 3, Bebe Neuwirth, 50, a.k.a. Frasier‘s Lilith, wed Chris Calkins in New York.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, 48, is engaged to Mariqueen Maandig, of the band West Indian Girl…. Also rocking up to the altar: The White Stripes’ Meg White, 34, is engaged to guitarist (and Patti Smith’s son) Jackson Smith, 27.
Sean Penn, 48, filed for legal separation from Robin Wright Penn, 43, April 24 in Marin County, Calif. He is seeking joint custody of their two children. The couple, who filed for divorce last year only to reconcile, have been married for 13 years.
Singer Kelis, 29, filed for divorce from rapper Nas, 35, on April 30 in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, who are expecting their first child, wed in 2003.
On April 30, Amy Winehouse, 25, was brought to a St. Lucia hospital, where she was treated for dehydration. She checked out the next day. But it’s not all bad news for the singer: She recently won a court order preventing paparazzi from taking photos of her outside her London home.
On May 3, American Idol winner David Cook, 26, helped raise more than $106,000 at Washington, D.C.’s Race for Hope as a tribute to his 37-year-old brother, Adam, who succumbed to brain cancer the day before. The singer thanked fans for their generosity, and said he plans to continue his 26-city tour to honor Adam, who ”never wanted his illness to affect others.”
A year after filing a $10 million lawsuit against American Apparel claiming the clothing company used his image from Annie Hall without permission, Woody Allen, 73, filed a court request to bar his ex Mia Farrow and current wife Soon-Yi Previn from being called to testify. According to the request, filed May 4 in New York, Allen says the move is an ”attempt to smear and intimidate” him. A lawyer for American Apparel countered that the company has no plans to call Farrow or Previn to the stand…. On April 30 in New York, Brady Green was convicted of stalking, harassment, and attempted aggravated harassment of Tyra Banks, 35. Green, who will be sentenced June 18, could not be reached for comment…. Maribel Banegas, a former maid for Victoria Principal, 59, filed an assault and false-imprisonment suit against the Dallas star May 1 in L.A., claiming the actress aimed a gun at her after she took too long to walk the dog. Principal filed a countersuit May 5, claiming Banegas was trying to extort money. Banegas’ lawyer called the countersuit ”damage control.”
Feminist author Marilyn French (The Women’s Room), 79, passed away of heart failure May 2 in New York…. Las Vegas impersonator Danny Gans, 52, was found dead in his Henderson, Nev., home May 1…. NBC drama vice president Nora O’Brien, 44, died of undisclosed causes April 29 on the Berkeley, Calif., set of the pilot of Parenthood.
Dom DeLuise (1933-2009): A tribute by Marilu Henner
The first time I saw Dom DeLuise on the set of Cannonball Run II, he was wearing a nun’s habit. It was 116 degrees out and there he was in a nun’s habit. When I first got there, I couldn’t believe that I was meeting Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and my idol Shirley MacLaine. But there was something about Dom — even surrounded by all of those famous stars — he was the center of attention because he just was so damn funny. The script for Cannonball was pretty much thrown out the first day, so you’d just ad-lib. The movie isn’t nearly as good as the experience was. The best part was watching the dailies every night. Dom was always the star of the show. You never knew what he’d come up with next. Burt Reynolds would be spitting out his drink because Dom was so funny. I think what I’ll remember most about Dom is his laugh. It was aerobic. He loved to talk about food, clothes, dancing, philosophy, and his family. His wife, Carol, was always there to wipe his brow because Dom was always sweating. He just loved those boys of his. I think that’s why he could tether out to such insanity — because he had such a strong base at home. I feel bad for people who were too young to experience Dom. Thank God for YouTube. Now people can pull up clips of Dom, and he’ll have a following forever. That makes me happy.
(DeLuise passed away on May 4 in Los Angeles)