It's no surprise that funnyman Jim Carrey's reported $500,000 offer to settle his divorce with his estranged wife, Melissa, didn't exactly sit well with her. The offer was made at a settlement conference in December when both parties were asked to exchange sealed amounts. The amount Melissa asked for was $7 million, which her lawyer Suzanne Harris feels "would be more appropriate," considering "the lean years" Melissa spent with Carrey, now a multimillion-dollar box-office star.
Carrey has been paying Melissa $25,000 a month in temporary alimony and child support (for their daughter Jane, 7) since their separation, which he contends occurred in June 1993, prior to his starting work on The Mask, for which he earned a reported $450,000 plus post-release bonuses. Melissa claims the separation occurred four months later, after Carrey's Mask deal was in place. Under California's community property laws, if she's right about the date, half of Carrey's Mask money would go to her. Harris says a trial has been scheduled for June, "specifically to fix a separation date."
Meanwhile, Harris says Melissa and Jane continue to live in a "little house, with no equity, on the fringes of Hollywood, while Jim lives in a $4 million house" in Pacific Palisades.
Carrey's lawyer Norm Dolan had no comment.
LOCKS AND BAGELS
Robert Earl, one of the two principals behind Planet Hollywood, is now working on a new theme-restaurant concept called the All-Star Cafe.
Like Planet Hollywood, which boasts such celebrity partners as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, the All-Star Cafe will have celebrity part-owners from the world of sports, including Andre Agassi, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr. and sports agent Mark McCormack. We hear from a source that the long locks Agassi cut off last December at the New York City apartment of his girlfriend Brooke Shields were carefully collected and saved by Agassi because he wanted to donate them to the cafe "as memorabilia."
The first All-Star Cafe will be located in Manhattan. There has been no date set for its opening.
Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady on TV's The Brady Bunch, makes a cameo appearance in Para-mount's The Brady Bunch Movie (see review, page 17). As a sight gag at film's end, Henderson, who for the past 20 years has been doing Wesson Oil commercials, ceremoniously hands a bottle of Wesson Oil to the film's Carol, Shelley Long. "No money changed hands" regarding Wesson's participation in the film, says a Paramount rep. "It was simply an idea that everybody liked."