- The Washington Times - Monday, August 11, 2008

Dreyfus suing kin

Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss is suing his father and uncle over an $870,000 loan he claims was never repaid, Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit centers around a loan the actor claims he made to his relatives in 1984, who owned an interest in a downtown Los Angeles office building.

Roughly 24 years later, Mr. Dreyfuss says that loan — and interest — remains unpaid.

In his lawsuit filed Friday, Mr. Dreyfuss says his uncle, Gilbert Dreyfuss, has repeatedly refused to turn over records that would show its financial status.

Phone and e-mail messages left for Gilbert Dreyfuss were not immediately returned. A woman who answered the phone at an address registered to Mr. Dreyfuss’ father, Norman, said he could not be reached there, AP reports.

Report: Newman’s wish

Paul Newman has finished chemotherapy treatment for cancer and has told his family he wants to die at home, says DenverPost.com, citing a report in London’s Daily Mail.

The Oscar-winning star was photographed being pushed from a New York cancer hospital in a wheelchair looking thin and frail.

It was reported that Mr. Newman, 83, had only weeks to live and had returned home to his wife, actress Joanne Woodward.

“Paul didn’t want to die in the hospital,” an unnamed source was quoted as saying. “Joanne and his daughters are beside themselves with grief.”

The source, described as a “close family friend” said that the star — who co-owns a motor racing team and has his own salad dressing brand — had spent the past few weeks getting his affairs in order.

Mr. Newman married Miss Woodward in 1958 and the couple have three daughters. He also has two daughters from his first marriage to Jackie Witte.

Mr. Newman has so far declined to comment on his condition, apart from saying he is “doing nicely.”

Rumors about his health surfaced in January. Three months ago, he withdrew from directing a production of “Of Mice and Men” in his home town of Westport, Conn.

Extended leave

Soprano Anna Netrebko is extending her pregnancy leave and has withdrawn from performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” at the Metropolitan Opera in December and January.

Miss Netrebko, 36, announced in February that she and her fiance, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, were expecting, and the Met said Friday she is due to give birth next month.

“She has decided that she will need a few more weeks than originally planned to be ready for her return to the stage,” the Met said.

Miss Netrebko’s final performance before her maternity leave was a June 27 concert in Vienna, Austria, and she withdrew from a highly anticipated new production of Charles Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” at Austria’s Salzburg Festival. Miss Netrebko now plans to return to performing with a revival of Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Met on Jan. 26 and Jan. 29, and Feb. 3 and Feb. 7, AP says.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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