Monitor

Monitor

Celebrity news for the week of July 21, 1995

SUED
The family of Sarah Savage, 17, still wants Kelsey Grammer to pay. On July 6 in Phoenix, the Savages filed a $19 million suit against the Frasier star, whom they had previously accused of having sex with their underage daughter. Although an investigation last winter by the Somerset County, N.J., prosecutor yielded no charges, the civil suit alleges that Grammer, 41, has since caused them mental anguish by attempting to ''depict the family as dysfunctional and driven by avarice and spite.'' ''[T]here is no basis for the allegations,'' Grammer said in a statement.... The William Morris Agency wants Burt Reynolds to pay. Its suit, filed June 30 in L.A., claims Reynolds failed to make the first of 24 installments on his $140,415 commission debt to the agency last February. A spokesman for the actor will only comment, ''I guess they don't want to represent him anymore.''

ARRESTED
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, 31, on charges of spousal abuse, July 5 at the Los Angeles airport. Allen and his wife, Stacy, 34, had just deplaned when, according to police, he grabbed her by the throat, dragged her into a rest room, struck her head against a wall, and left her. ''I am taking all steps to work through this difficult time,'' Allen said in a statement.

ENGAGED
Stephen Hawking, 53, Cambridge professor and best-selling author (A Brief History of Time), and his ex-nurse, Elaine Mason (Hawking has Lou Gehrig's disease). The marriage, the second for both, will take place on Sept. 16.

DIED
Hungarian glamour girl Eva Gabor, 74, star of the 1965-71 CBS series Green Acres, of pneumonia on July 4 in L.A. ''She was the perfect combination of the most loving sister, the most wonderful daughter, and an incredible actress,'' says her sister Zsa Zsa.... Bob Ross, 52, soft-spoken painter with a penchant for titanium white, of lymphoma on July 4 in Orlando. For the past 12 years, the Air Force veteran lured fans to watch him render ''happy little trees'' on his PBS show, The Joy of Painting. Says his associate Walter Kowalski, ''Now thousands of instructors trained in Bob Ross technique will continue as his happy little helpers.''

Originally posted Jul 21, 1995 Published in issue #284 Jul 21, 1995 Order article reprints