- The Washington Times - Monday, January 31, 2005

Another side of Brando

Reuters News Agency

The memoirs of Marlon Brando’s former wife hit French bookshelves yesterday, lifting the lid on the secretive actor’s troubled life and the suicide of their daughter Cheyenne.

“Marlon, My Love, My Suffering” by Tarita Teriipaia details the tortured 43-year relationship the pair struck up when Mr. Brando landed in Tahiti in late 1960 to film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” in which Miss Teriipaia — a native Tahitian — was cast as his love interest.

The Oscar-winning star of “The Godfather” and “On the Waterfront,” who died in July at age 80, is depicted as a volatile tyrant who could be physically and mentally cruel one moment, tenderly loving the next.

Miss Teriipaia, 63, said she told the actor she was writing her life story to get over the traumas of the past. Publisher XO Editions plans an initial print run of 50,000 for France and is in talks to translate the book.

“We lived terrible tragedies and we all suffered a lot. Marlon never spoke about it. I wanted our children, all our grand-children to know our history,” Miss Teriipaia told her co-author, Lionel Duroy, for this week’s edition of Paris Match magazine.

Over the Edge

Associated Press

The Edge, lead guitarist of U2, is taking an Irish newspaper to court over its report about a relative’s serious illness, which forced the Irish rock band to delay the start of its next world tour.

A judge in Dublin yesterday agreed to a two-week delay to the hearing of rival lawsuits between the Edge and the Sunday World newspaper.

The Dublin-based tabloid identified the relative and the condition the person was suffering in a front-page story Jan. 8 but withdrew the report from later editions when the Edge’s lawyers immediately obtained a temporary injunction.

This barred the Sunday World from repeating its story and warned other Irish newspapers not to pick it up, claiming it amounted to an unwarranted invasion of privacy. The Edge, 43 — whose birth name is David Howell Evans — wants the injunction to be strengthened into a permanent injunction against publication.

The Sunday World wants the injunction overturned. Its lawyers are arguing that the details of the relative’s illness are newsworthy because the relative is cited as the reason U2 has delayed the American start of its new “Vertigo 2005” tour.

Originally slated to begin March 1 in Miami, the tour has been rescheduled to start March 28 in San Diego.

New role for Messing

Broadway.com

Debra Messing reportedly is in talks to join Kevin Spacey in a revival of “The Philadelphia Story” at London’s Old Vic, according to Variety.

Miss Messing, who hasn’t appeared onstage since starring in the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” in 1998, would play socialite Tracy Lord in the Philip Barry play. Miss Messing also has a starring role in the new film “Wedding Date,” which opens Friday.

Originally staged in 1939, “The Philadelphia Story” centers on the pretentious Tracy, who’s set to marry an equally pretentious executive — until her ex-husband arrives and stirs things up. Katharine Hepburn reprised the role when the play was made into a film the following year.

Helen Hunt, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Laura Linney, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow previously were rumored to be in the running for the role of Tracy.

The production, directed by Jerry Zaks, is scheduled to run at the Old Vic May 3 through July 23.

No comment

New York Post

Even in death, Rodney Dangerfield gets no respect.

The late comedy legend’s longtime publicist, Kevin Sasaki, got a call from a booker at CNN last week asking him if “Rodney would be available to share his comments on the passing and legacy of Johnny Carson.”

Mr. Sasaki replied that unless CNN had a new way of linking up to the afterlife via satellite, that would be impossible.

Mr. Dangerfield, of course, died in October. Ironically, his new DVD set, “Rodney Dangerfield — The Ultimate No Respect Collection,” was released posthumously last month and includes clips culled from his more than 70 appearances on “The Tonight Show.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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