Spade recalls funny but vulnerable Farley

People And Places

April 02, 1999

David Spade of "Just Shoot Me" tells Playboy that late comedian and best friend Chris Farley always seemed vulnerable to tragedy. "Of our group -- Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, me, Chris -- we all knew Farley was the funniest," Spade says. "He had so many different ways of being funny that we didn't. He was always bigger and goofier and more committed than any of us. But, Farley was the one we thought something might happen to -- like a guy walking through heavy traffic. It was nerve-racking. Like he was playing Frogger with his life." Farley died Dec. 18, 1997.

Dr. Laura near TV deal

Radio shrink Dr. Laura Schlessinger is close to signing a syndicated talk show deal with Paramount Domestic TV. Schlessinger's return to the TV fray comes a year after she walked away from a nearly done deal with CBS' Eyemark Entertainment, ostensibly because she did not want to be associated with Howard Stern, whose late-night TV show is distributed by Eyemark.

Cousins, identical cousins!

"The Patty Duke Show" is coming back to life in a TV movie on CBS later this month, with Patty Duke reprising her role as identical cousins Patty and Cathy. A lot has changed since the mid-'60s -- Patty, now a drama teacher in her old school, is divorced (!) from her high-school sweetie Richard (Eddie Applegate), while Cathy, a widow, lives in Scotland with her 14-year-old son. William Schallert and Jean Byron are back as Patty's parents. And, oh horror of horrors, Patty must face her old nemesis Sue Ellen (played here by Cindy Williams), who wants to turn the school into a mall.

Heavy trading, light sabres

"Rogue Trader," the biopic of disgraced British futures trader Nick Leeson, will skip the big screen in the United States and make its domestic debut on HBO. The picture stars Ewan McGregor, who also plays the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

Lost that lovin' feeling

Actress Lori Singer of "Footloose," "Fame" and "VR.5" is suing estranged husband Richard Emery, saying he and his accountant stole millions from the company they created to manage their finances. Singer, 41, filed for divorce from Emery in 1996 after 16 years of marriage. Emery calls her lawsuit "a pathetic and perverse attempt to hold onto a marriage that she can't let go of."

Tom Arnold, citing irreconcilable differences, has filed for divorce from his wife of less than four years, Julie Lynn. The two -- she's 14 years younger than the 39-year-old actor -- were married about a year after Arnold's divorce from Roseanne.

No Motown in Manhattan

New York's Motown Cafe, which has dished up soul food to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Diana Ross, is closing May 16 to make way for an office building. The eatery, which celebrates the golden age of Detroit's famed music label, opened in September 1995. Restaurant CFO Lawrence Fish says Motown's lease allowed the landlord to boot it. The chain's restaurants in Orlando and Las Vegas will remain open.

Today's birthdays

Actor Buddy Ebsen is 91.

Actor Sir Alec Guinness is 85.

Singer Leon Russell is 58.

Actress Linda Hunt is 54.

Singer Emmylou Harris is 52.

Actress Pamela Reed is 50.

Actor Jeremy Garrett ("Legacy") is 23.

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Pub Date: 4/02/99

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