How does it feel to be on your own, not a Rolling Stone? For Bill Wyman, 56, it's time to find out. Bandmate Mick jagger confirmed a longstanding rumor on Dec. 2 by announcing on MTV Europe that the bassist (and author of 1990's autobiography Stone Alone) "doesn't want to early on. For whatever reasons, he doesn't want to do it anymore. So we are looking for a new bass player. This month would have marked Bill's 30th anniversary with rock's venerable bad boys.
Ginger Rogers, 81, reaffirmed that she holds the rights to her own likeness when she settled a suit against Portal Publications of Corte Madera, Calif. The company had used what looked to be an illustration of Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire on a greeting card that features a montage of Hollywood luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Charlie Chaplin. Portal agreed to donate an undisclosed sum to the Country House, a retirement home for those in the film industry....
Former First Lady of Indonesia Dewi Sukarno, 52, pleaded guilty Dec. 3 to second-degree assault for slashing the face of fellow jet-setter Maria Victoria Osmena, 44, with a champagne glass at a party last Jan. 2 in Aspen. Osmena, granddaughter of former Philippine President Sergio Osmena, required 37 stitches. Sukarno received a deferred sentence on the assault charge but faces sentencing Jan. 22 on a lesser misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, to which she also pleaded guilty.
David Leisure, 41, Who before his role as annoying neighbor Charley on NBC's Empty Nest was the pathologically lying pitchman Joe Isuzu, was sued for divorce in Los Angeles on Nov. 24. Kelly Leisure, his wife of 3½ years, cited irreconcilable differences, the couple's daughter, Madison, is 18 months old.
William Shawn, 85, who edited over 1,500 issues of The New Yorker, died of a heart attack on Dec. 8 in New York City. He joined the magazine as a reporter in 1933, and later, working with then editor Harold Ross, fostered its postwar reputation for distinguished reporting—including John Hersey's Hiroshima. Shawn succeeded Ross in 1952 and nurtured such talents as John Updike and film critic Pauline Kael. He was forced to retire in 1987, two years after the sale of The New Yorker to S.I. New-house. Among his survivors is son Wallace Shawn, the actor (My Dinner with Andre)....
Character actor Vincent Gardenia, 71, wonderfully prolific on TV, stage and screen, was found dead of an apparent heart attack on Dee. 9 in Philadelphia, where he was performing in a play. Gardenia began as a child star in the then thriving Italian-language theater in New York City. He may be best remembered as Archie Bunker's neighbor Frank Lorenzo on All in the Family and as Cher's philandering father in the 1987 film Moonstruck.
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