The three-year battle between Oscar-winning actor William Hurt and ex-ballet dancer Sandra Jennings may finally be over. This week, a New York appeals court judge upheld a ruling that the two did not have a common-law marriage although they lived together from 1981 to 1984. Jennings, who bore a son by Hurt, sought to prove a marriage existed so that she could sue for divorce and qualify for a share of his assets, valued at $10 million. Jennings's attorney, Richard Golub, had claimed that Justice Jacqueline Silbermann was "star-struck" when she heard the case, but he said there will be no further appeals. "Certain things in life are just not meant to be," Golub said, "and Sandra Jennings is not meant to win this case."
Tyne Daly Fined
In another celebrity court case this week, actress Tyne Daly pleaded no contest to a drunk driving charge and was fined $916. The star of TV's "Cagney and Lacy," and more recently of Broadway's "Gypsy," also was ordered to attend a 90-day alcohol education program. Daly, who did not attend the Thursday hearing, was charged with a misdemeanor offense in Van Nuys, Calif., after her car was seen weaving. A blood test showed her blood alcohol content to be 0.15, almost twice the California limit of 0.08. Mayfield Funds Research Center
Soul singer Curtis Mayfield, making his first public appearance since he was paralyzed from the neck down in an accident in August, donated $100,000 Wednesday to the newly created Curtis Mayfield Research Center for the study of paralysis. The money was raised in a benefit concert last September for Mayfield, who was injured when a lighting scaffold collapsed on him during a concert in New York. Speaking at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which will run the research center, Mayfield said that his own lyrics have helped him through his ordeal. "Some of those words have inspiration and get up and go," he said, adding that he would like to sing again. "I'm still a bit weak in my respiratory area, so it may take a bit of time for me to actually vocalize," he said.
Mayfield is to be honored on Thursday with a Pioneer Award from the Washington-based Rhythm and Blues Foundation in a New York ceremony. Rushdie Edict Reaffirmed
On the second anniversary of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's death sentence against author Salman Rushdie, a senior Iranian cleric, Mohammed Vaez-Zadeh Khorasani, announced that the edict could not be superseded by any other religious figure. In a statement read on Tehran radio Thursday, the cleric said that the edict would stand "even if Salman Rushdie becomes the most pious person of the age." Rushdie, who is still living in hiding, renewed his faith in Islam in December and disavowed anti-Muslim sentiments expressed by characters in his book "The Satanic Verses."
Maybe there's something to this Hollywood on the Potomac stuff. If some of those faces of smaller characters in the newly released film "The Silence of the Lambs" look familiar, it's because four area residents -- Bernard Lee, Caitlin O'Neil, Marc Wangel and Jim Ogilvie -- made the final edit. Local talent representatives, the Erickson Agency, did the casting for filming done in the mid-Atlantic region, and managed to get these local folks on celluloid.