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- May 20, 1996
- Vol. 45
- No. 20
Retired All-Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor, 37, was arrested May 3 when he allegedly tried to buy $100 worth of crack cocaine from an undercover police officer in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Taylor, who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles, was freed on $5,000 bond. No date has yet been set for a preliminary hearing.
Ice princess Nancy Kerrigan, 26, expects to be a mommy by year's end. It would be the first child for the 1994 Olympic silver medal-winning skater and her husband, sports agent Jerry Solomon, 41. "Everyone in my family knew I was pregnant," says Kerrigan. "I have wanted this for a very long time." Solomon has a son from a previous marriage.
Supermodel Linda Evangelista's next walk may be down the aisle. The 30-year-old cover girl has said yes to her longtime beau, actor Kyle MacLachlan, 37. No wedding date has been announced.
Joseph Waldholtz, 33, estranged husband of Utah Republican freshman Congresswoman Enid Greene, was indicted on 27 counts of bank fraud May 2 in Washington. The U.S. Attorney's office has accused him of writing some $3 million in worthless checks. Waldholtz, who had managed his wife's campaign, could face 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine if he is convicted. His wife, who announced, under pressure, that she would not seek a second term, has claimed she knew nothing of his financial machinations....
A $3.1 million sexual-harassment lawsuit was filed against Oscar-winner George C. Scott, 68, on May 2 in New York City. Former film student Julie Wright, 26, who began working for Scott as his personal assistant last winter, claimed the actor tried to kiss and grope her on several occasions. Scott, who was nominated for a Tony last week for his role as the Clarence Darrow-like character in the Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind, was in Los Angeles undergoing tests for what his doctor has called a life-threatening aortic aneurysm.
Actor Lee Mathis, 44, died May 1 in New York City of complications from AIDS. The Pittsburgh native, who had bit roles in films including All That Jazz (1979) and Bugsy (1991), was best known for the recurring role of HIV-positive lawyer Jon Hanley on the ABC soap General Hospital....
Versatile actor Jack Weston, 71, died of lymphoma on May 3 at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. In a 40-year career, the Cleveland-born Weston played a wide range of characters, including a sadistic stalker who terrorized Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 cult classic Wait Until Dark and an uptight Mercedes-obsessed dentist in 1981's The Four Seasons....
Award-winning character actor David Opatoshu, 78, died on April 30 in L.A. of undisclosed causes. Opatoshu, who won a 1991 Emmy for a guest appearance on the ABC series Gabriel's Fire, may be best remembered for his portrayal of a Jewish resistance leader in the 1960 film Exodus. The New York City native began his career in Yiddish theater and debuted on Broadway in Clifford Odets's Golden Boy in 1937. His first Hollywood film was 1948's The Naked City....
Yodeling country singer Patsy Montana, 87, died of heart failure on May 3 at her home in San Jacinto, Calif. Born Rubye Blevins outside of Jesseville, Ark., she became the first female country artist to sell a million records with her 1935 hit "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." After a temporary retirement in the 1950s, Montana returned to performing in the '60s....
The body of former CIA director William Colby was found on May 6 on a marshy riverbank on the Wicomico River near Rock Point, Md., more than a week after he was reported missing. Authorities said Colby, 76, apparently drowned, though an autopsy was being performed. The retired spy-master disappeared after speaking on the phone with his wife, Sally Shelton-Colby, 51, and telling her he was going canoeing....
Former tennis star Tim Gullikson, 44, who coached Pete Sampras to the No. 1 ranking three years in a row, died of brain cancer in Wheaton, Ill., on May 3. Gullikson played singles and doubles on the pro tour during the '70s and '80s. He and his identical twin brother, Tom, won 10 doubles titles together. Gullikson gave up playing tennis full-time in 1986 to coach and was hired by Sampras in 1992.
L.A. Dodgers center fielder Brett Butler, 38, was diagnosed with tonsil cancer May 6. Doctors in his home-town of Atlanta found a malignant tumor the size of a plum during a tonsillectomy. Butler will undergo further surgery to remove lymph nodes, then six weeks of radiation therapy. Butler told his doctor he would retire from baseball....
Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence, 31, was picked up by police in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on May 7 following complaints that he was screaming at passersby at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Tyrone Avenue. After police subdued him, finding a handgun in his pants pocket, paramedics took the star and director of the current film A Thin Line Between Love and Hate to a community hospital. He was later released into the care of his personal physician, Dr. William Young, who said Lawrence was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. Police have asked prosecutors to charge the actor with possession of a concealed weapon.
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