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Jennie Garth's divorce and a 'Rent' lawsuit made news the week of December 6, 1996

FIGHTS
But what he really wants to do is direct TV shows … The Directors Guild of America has put the kibosh on Quentin Tarantino’s plans to helm an episode of The X-Files. The DGA won’t allow the hard-boiled auteur to take the job because he’s not a member, even though it granted Tarantino, 33, a waiver to direct an episode of ER last year. A Tarantino spokesperson says the director plans to join the guild ”at some point.” A DGA spokesman says the organization ”looks forward to [that] day.”

LAWSUITS
She wants her Rent money. Lynn M. Thomson, 50, filed a complaint against the estate of the late playwright Jonathan Larson, in New York City, Nov. 25. Thomson claims she wrote approximately 16 percent of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Rent and is seeking a share of the profits. To date, she claims she has received only $2,000 for her work. ”Had Jonathan lived,” says Thomson, ”I have no doubt I would have received a great deal more.” Larson’s father, Allan, disagrees. ”She was never a coauthor of the show,” he said. ”She served the show as an editor would serve a novelist.” Larson promises to ”vigorously” contest the lawsuit.

SPLITS
Beverly Hills, 90210’s Jennie Garth, 24, filed for divorce from musician Dan Clark, 27, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, married since 1994, have no children … After seven years of marriage, Robert Nottingham, 32, has filed for divorce from Murphy Brown’s Faith Ford, 32, citing irreconcilable differences. Nottingham, a former actor, is seeking spousal support. Ford was unavailable for comment.

DEATHS
Actor Mark Lenard, 68, of multiple myeloma, Nov. 22, in New York City. Best known as Sarek, Mr. Spock’s father on Star Trek, Lenard appeared in several of the Trek incarnations, including the original series, three of the movies, and in Star Trek: The Next Generation … Keyboardist Bill Doggett, 80, of undisclosed causes, Nov. 13, in New York City. Doggett began his career as a jazz instrumentalist and arranger but switched to gritty, blues-based R&B in the ’50s, just as rock & roll was becoming a commercial force. He’s best remembered for the hard-driving 1956 instrumental ”Honky Tonk.”