Monitor: Remembering John Forsythe (1918 -- 2010)
Plus Erykah Badu, Nicollette Sheridan, and more stars making news the week of April 9, 2010
Lost‘s Yunjin Kim, 36, wed boyfriend Jeong Hyeok Park March 28 in Hawaii, where the ABC show is filming its final season.
Rescue Me actress Andrea Roth, 42, and producer Todd Biermann (Trading Spaces) welcomed their first child, Ava Reese, March 29 in Philadelphia.
Wayne’s World star Tia Carrere, 43, filed for divorce from photojournalist Simon Wakelin, her husband of seven years, April 1 in L.A. She seeks sole physical custody of their 4-year-old daughter.
This year’s Lollapalooza headliners will be Soundgarden, Green Day, and pale pop sensation Lady Gaga, who runs the risk of getting a tan over the course of the rock festival, which takes place Aug. 6 — 8 at Chicago’s Grant Park. Arcade Fire, Phoenix, and the Strokes are also set to appear.
The man accused of stalking Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, both 37, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in an L.A. court March 30. Steven Richard Burky, who had pleaded no contest to charges of felony stalking, was placed in a California hospital. The judge also issued a 10-year restraining order preventing Burky from coming within 500 feet of the actors or their kids…. Lawyers for Michael Jackson‘s doctor Conrad Murray, 57, filed papers April 1 in an attempt to retain Murray’s medical license while he is tried for his role in the pop star’s death. (Earlier this year, the California Medical Board petitioned to have his license revoked.) Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. On April 5, he came face-to-face with members of the Jackson family at a pretrial hearing in L.A.; he’ll be back in court June 14.
Erykah Badu, 39, has been fined $500 for disorderly conduct, Dallas police announced April 2. The charges stem from the singer’s controversial public video shoot for ”Window Seat,” in which she stripped off her clothes and pretended to be shot in the city’s Dealey Plaza (where John F. Kennedy was assassinated).
The Tiger Woods contrition tour rolled along April 5, as the 34-year-old golfer — who’s looking for his fifth Masters title — held a press conference in Augusta, Ga. It was his third (third!) televised mea culpa, but this time Woods finally seemed human while discussing his November car crash and the ensuing sex scandal. ”I missed my son’s first birthday,” said Woods, who spent 45 days in rehab. ”I vowed I would never miss another one after that. I can’t go back to [the way] I was.”
David Mills, an Emmy-winning writer for The Wire, ER, and NYPD Blue, died March 30 in New Orleans after collapsing from what doctors believe was a brain aneurysm. He was 48…. Jamie Escalante, the East Los Angeles math teacher whose story inspired the 1988 movie Stand and Deliver, passed away March 30 in Reno after battling bladder cancer. He was 79…. Herb Ellis, a jazz guitarist known for his work with Ella Fitzgerald, died March 28 in L.A. The 88-year-old — a former member of the Oscar Peterson Trio — succumbed to Alzheimer’s complications…. Comic-book artist and former DC Comics executive editor Dick Giordano died March 27 in Daytona Beach, Fla., after suffering complications from leukemia treatment. He was 77. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Kristen Stewart, 20
Jeff Zucker, 45
David Letterman, 63
Abigail Breslin, 14
Seth Rogen, 28
Remembering ”Charlie”: John Forsythe (1918–2010)
John Forsythe‘s commanding baritone left little question as to why Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson would fight crime in his character’s name on Charlie’s Angels. And his onscreen presence, a unique mix of wit and gravitas, lent silver-haired Dynasty patriarch Blake Carrington a shocking likability despite his many heinous acts, up to and including murder. When Forsythe died on April 1 at his home in Santa Ynez, Calif., after a yearlong struggle with cancer, the 92-year-old left behind a string of iconic TV roles and grieving former costars. As Dynasty‘s Joan Collins said in a statement, ”He was one of the last true gentlemen of the acting profession.”
Born John Lincoln Freund in New Jersey, the voice behind the Angels began his career, fittingly, as a radio actor and announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers. And while he worked on Broadway and starred in several films, he truly made his mark in television. His stint as Charlie spanned the five-year run of Angels, from 1976 to 1981, and continued through the film updates (in 2000 and 2003) starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. His portrayal of the ruthless oil mogul at the center of quintessential ’80s melodrama Dynasty earned him three Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe wins. ”I really thought of him like my own father, so much that I asked him to walk me down the aisle in my real wedding,” TV daughter Pamela Sue Martin, who played the original Fallon Carrington, tells EW. ”He was a true patriarch of a man. I will always remember him winking and making me laugh, always looking out for me and everyone else.” — Jennifer Armstrong
Nicollette Sheridan Sues Housewives Creator Marc Cherry for $20 Million
Even for the residents of Wisteria Lane, this is some serious drama. On April 5, Nicollette Sheridan, 46, slapped her old bosses at Desperate Housewives with a $20 million lawsuit. According to papers filed in L.A., the actress claims series creator Marc Cherry, 48, ”forcefully” struck her ”across her face and head” in September 2008. She also alleges that when she complained to network execs, ”Cherry arranged to have Sheridan terminated from the show, resulting in her losing millions.” ABC said in a statement, ”While we have yet to see the actual complaint, we investigated similar claims made by Ms. Sheridan last year and found them to be without merit.”— AR