PASSAGES: Janitor Sues Eddie Murphy
04/03/2002 at 12:00 AM EST
FILED: Chicago janitor Tally Collier, age unreported, is suing Eddie Murphy, who turns 41 today, and other producers (including "A Beautiful Mind" Oscar-winning director Ron Howard) associated with the now-defunct animated Fox series "The PJs" for more than $10 million. Collier is alleging that they stole his likeness from an amateur video for a character on the show, reports Variety. None of the defendants would comment on the case. . . . REMEMBERED: Dudley Moore, who died of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy last week at the age of 66, was given a modest send-off in New Jersey on Tuesday, reports Reuters. Attendees huddled together under bright sunshine on a hill overlooking a pond in a small-town cemetery, about 24 miles from New York, while a small brass and strings band played a dirge. . . . SUFFERED: Mills Lane, 64, had a stroke in his Reno,. Nev., home and was in the intensive care unit Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. Friends said that Lane, a former NCAA boxing champion who was re-elected to a six-year term as a district judge in 1996 and gained notoriety as a TV judge with his own "Judge Judy"-like show (1998-2001), was found unconscious around 11:30 a.m. Monday. As a referee, he gained national attention when he disqualified Mike Tyson for biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997. . . . HURT: Fashion designer Donna Karan, 53, broke her knee Friday while helicopter-skiing in Idaho's Sun Valley, reports the AP. She returned to New York on Sunday and had surgery Monday, said her rep, Patti Cohen, who added that the designer will require extensive physical therapy and will be on crutches for at least six weeks. Other than that, said Cohen, Karan is "doing well" and is "a very good skier."