WINNERS Looks like the late Jerry Garcia’s second wife, Carolyn Adams Garcia, 49, may be able to keep truckin’ in style. A Marin County judge ruled that a contract signed by the Grateful Dead guitarist in 1993, in which he promised to pay Adams Garcia $5 million over 20 years, was legally binding. The ruling brings to an end a bitter battle between Adams Garcia and Deborah Koons Garcia, 47, Jerry’s widow and third wife.
ARRESTED More Diff’rent Strokes for Todd Bridges, 31. The recovering cocaine addict and ex-child sitcom star was arrested Jan. 19 for assault with a deadly weapon. Bridges is accused of ramming his car into an acquaintance’s vehicle after a fight in an L.A. arcade. Neither man was seriously injured. Bridges’ manager and mother, Betty, says: ”All we know was Todd was assaulted by this person while playing videogames.”
BIRTHS A nine-pound boy, Dylan Thomas, to Pierce Brosnan, 43, and TV reporter Keely Shaye Smith (Unsolved Mysteries), 32, Jan. 13, in L.A. It’s Smith’s first child; Brosnan has three kids, two of them adopted, from his marriage to actress Cassandra Harris, who died of ovarian cancer in 1991.
DEATHS The legendary voice of Snow White, Adriana Caselotti, 80, of cancer, Jan. 19, in L.A. Caselotti was only 18 when she was chosen (from more than 150 contenders) to voice the lead in Walt Disney’s first animated feature, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ”She knew that even after she died,” says Marc Davis, an ex-Disney directing animator, ”her voice would live forever in this great film.”… Novelist-poet James Dickey, 73, of complications from emphysema, Jan. 19, in Columbia, S.C. Best known as author of 1970’s Deliverance (on which the 1972 film was based), Dickey also wrote more than 20 books of poetry. His 1993 WWII novel, To the White Sea, will soon be made into a movie by Joel and Ethan Coen…. Nirvana, one of two white tigers used by trainers Siegfried and Roy in their act, was killed by her mate, Baroda, during a Jan. 17 show at Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel. A Mirage spokesperson, who called the incident ”a tragic fluke,” says Baroda clutched Nirvana’s throat, causing the female to suffocate. Baroda is quarantined indefinitely. Siegfried and Roy decline to comment.