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What was Montel Williams diagnosed with?

Plus Danielle Steel, Fatboy Slim, and other celebrities making news the week of Sep. 3, 1999

WEDDINGS Big-beat mix master Fatboy Slim (a.k.a. Norman Cook), 36, merged record collections with BBC Radio DJ Zoe Ball, 28, Aug. 20, in Bath, England. It’s his second marriage, her first.

SPLITS Pulp prima donna Danielle Steel, 52, revealed Aug. 11 that she’s separated from her fifth husband, venture capitalist Thomas Perkins, 67, after 17 months of marriage. A spokesman says that the couple have ”grown apart” but do not plan to divorce.

AILING TV talk-show host Montel Williams, 43, announced Aug. 23 that he has multiple sclerosis. Williams, who said that he suffers only mild symptoms of the neurological disorder, believes he’s had the disease for at least 10 years and that it’s been misdiagnosed until now. He began taping the ninth season of his show the day after his press conference…. Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron, 31, announced Aug. 17 that he’s been diagnosed with a rare paralysis of the vocal cords. A rep for the group says that Barron has only been able to whisper for five months and may never regain full use of his voice. The singer is continuing to see specialists.

RECOVERING Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, 67, after a fall in her L.A. home, Aug. 19. Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that Taylor had fractured a vertebra. Her spokesman says Taylor will need another four to five weeks to recuperate fully.

LAWSUITS Rocker Don Henley, 52, filed a breach of contract suit against Paramount Pictures, Aug. 23, in L.A. In court papers, the former Eagle alleges that the studio reneged on a verbal deal to feature his new ballad ”Taking You Home” in the upcoming movie Double Jeopardy. Henley seeks $1 million in damages. Paramount has no comment…. Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, 38, filed a wrongful death suit against industrial giants Boeing and Rockwell International, Aug. 13, in L.A. In court papers, Neil, who lived next to a Rocketdyne facility in L.A. successively owned by Boeing and Rockwell, alleges that ”ultrahazardous materials” at the Rocketdyne site caused the August 1995 cancer death of his daughter, Skylar, 4. Neil seeks unspecified damages. The defendants declined to comment on the suit…. Cindy Landon, widow of TV star Michael Landon, filed a libel suit against the Globe tabloid, Aug. 12, in L.A. In court papers, Landon alleges that a July article claiming the Highway to Heaven star was a drug-using ”plastic surgery junkie” chronically unfaithful to his wives exposed her to ”hatred, contempt, and ridicule.” She seeks more than $5 million in damages. A Globe spokesman says, ”We believe it’s a frivolous lawsuit.”

DEALS Director Oliver Stone, 52, announced a tentative plea bargain agreement with the L.A. DA’s office, Aug. 24, in relation to a June 9 arrest on charges of hashish possession and driving under the influence. Stone is expected to plead no contest to two misdemeanor charges at a Sept. 13 hearing, then enter a rehab program and serve up to two years’ probation…. On Aug. 17, Universal Pictures cochairmen Stacey Snider and Brian Mulligan announced that Kevin Misher, 34, will become sole president of production for the studio. Misher, who’s shared presidential duties with Snider since November, was formerly an exec at Sony’s TriStar Pictures…. On Aug. 16, Time Warner chairman and CEO Gerald M. Levin announced that Roger Ames, 49, will become chairman/CEO of Warner Music Group. Ames, a former president of PolyGram Music Group, fills a post vacant since the departure of Warner honchos Bob Daly and Terry Semel. (Their replacements, Barry Meyer and Alan Horn, will only head film and TV operations.) Time Warner is EW’s parent company.

LOSERS Ex-Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman, 31, filed for bankruptcy, Aug. 18, in L.A. The actor was briefly held by police recently when he failed to pay a fine stemming from a July 1998 arrest (Coleman, then working as a security guard, allegedly punched an autograph seeker). He later paid the fine. Coleman’s rep cites mismanaged finances…. On Aug. 17, Planet Hollywood announced a plan to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that was approved by its bondholders six days later. The ailing restaurant chain (whose star stockholders include Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger) reported losses of $63 million for the first half of 1999.

DEATHS Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan, 31, of unknown causes, Aug. 20, in New Orleans. Sheehan was found dead at his home; autopsy results have not yet been made public…. Veteran character actor Ross Elliott, 82, of cancer, Aug. 12, in L.A. A regular on General Hospital and a frequent guest on I Love Lucy, Elliott performed on Orson Welles’ famed 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast…. TV producer Anthony Radziwill, 40, of cancer, Aug. 10, in New York City. Radziwill, the best man at his cousin John F. Kennedy Jr.’s wedding, won Emmys for his work at NBC Sports and ABC News…. Spice Girls creator Bob Herbert, 57, from injuries sustained in a car crash, Aug. 9, in Windsor, England. Herbert—the group’s original manager—recruited the Spices through a newspaper ad…. Character actor Brion James, 54, of heart failure, Aug. 7, in L.A. A veteran of over 100 films, James played the replicant Leon in 1982’s Blade Runner and a studio exec in 1992’s The Player.