Names & Faces: Billy Crystal, Johnny Depp

Billy Crystal with the children of Army Capt. Mark Stubenhofer, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Billy Crystal with the children of Army Capt. Mark Stubenhofer, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. (White House Commission On Remembrance)
Saturday, September 19, 2009

Crystal Remembers

Nothing like a visit with Billy Crystal.

During the run of his solo play "700 Sundays" at the National Theatre, Crystal took time to meet with three children whose father, Army Capt. Mark Stubenhofer of Springfield, was killed in Baghdad in 2004.

The White House Commission on Remembrance requested the meeting and Crystal obliged, taking time between his matinee and evening shows on Wednesday to see Justin, 7; Lauren, 9; and Hope, 5.

"Billy spent 20 minutes with the kids and hugged them and gave them books," said Harry Teter, the theater's general manager. "He's a good guy. He truly is a family man."

Carmella LaSpada, the commission's executive director, said Lauren brought her "Princess Bride" DVD and recited lines from the movie for Crystal. (So maybe there's a reason comedian Patton Oswalt jokes that he watches "The Princess Bride" 11 times in a row when he's depressed.)

The commission's next celebrity outing will be Kevin Bacon at its Sept. 26 "Time of Remembrance" tribute on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

In the first week of its D.C. run, Crystal's "700 Sundays" broke the National Theatre's box-office record for a non-musical play set by "Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance!" in 2003 ($939,578 vs. $713,258, according to

Ahoy, Matey?

Yep, the yacht of "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor Johnny Depp has been seen docked around the Chesapeake Bay this week, the Annapolis Capital reports.

Although no sightings of Depp himself have been confirmed, his 156-foot motor yacht, Vajoliroja, left the Annapolis Yacht Basin Co. on Wednesday and docked across the bay Thursday at St. Michaels Marina.

The yacht sightings follow Depp's announcement last week that he will return for a fourth movie in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. It will be called "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and is slated for release in summer 2011. Depp also announced he will play Tonto in an upcoming movie version of "The Lone Ranger."

Lawsuits Dismissed

A Los Angeles judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit against former "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker and CBS, finding no issues that could be tried.

Deborah Curling claimed that she was fired because she testified in another former "Price Is Right" employee's wrongful termination suit. She also said she endured a hostile work environment, including Barker's racist and anti-Semitic jokes. The judge found that she could not prove her claims, but Curling's attorney said he plans to appeal.

The Associated Press also reported that Los Angeles court records showed that David Caruso's ex-girlfriend has agreed to the dismissal of her lawsuit against the "CSI: Miami" actor. Liza Marquez sued Caruso in April claiming that he was emotionally abusive and had promised to pay her $1.2 million. Marquez and Caruso have two children together.

End Notes

Spotted: Robert Redford lunching with Maureen Dowd at Washington's Bombay Club on Thursday.

Still on: the "Peace Without Borders" concert headlined by Colombian musician Juanes in Havana's Revolution Square on Sunday. Organizers expect half a million people. More than 160 foreign journalists have been accredited to cover the event, the Cuban government said.

Quoted: "This 24/7 lockdown life is slowly driving me insane and killing (me)." -- Phil Spector in a letter to a fan posted online on Friday.

-- Christian Hettinger, from staff, wire and Web reports

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