- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sheik suing Jacko

Representatives for the king of Bahrain’s son say he is suing pop star Michael Jackson for $7 million, Associated Press reported Monday.

The Bell Pottinger Group says Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa has filed a breach-of-contract case against the troubled singer at London’s Royal Courts of Justice. The case was scheduled to be heard Monday afternoon - just one week after Mr. Jackson gave up title to his Neverland ranch in California.

In 2006, Mr. Jackson announced he would put out a new album for Sheik Khalifa’s record label, 2 Seas Records. Media reports say Sheik Khalifa is arguing that the promised work was never delivered.

Mr. Jackson’s finances fell apart following his 2003 arrest on charges that he molested a 13-year-old boy at Neverland. He moved to Bahrain after being acquitted of the charges.

Hamilton tells all

The recent spate of male movie stars writing their life stories - including Tony Curtis, Robert Vaughn and Robert Wagner - offers something that would have been verboten in their studio years: sex, sex and more sex.

Now, George Hamilton joins the tell-all trend with his memoir, “Don’t Mind if I Do,” in which he writes about losing his virginity when he was 12 to his stepmother. And that’s just for starters. Other exploits described in the book involve such notables as Marilyn Monroe, Mamie Van Doren, Judy Garland and Danielle Steel.

The autobiography, which was written with celebrity author William Stadiem, begins with Mr. Hamilton’s adventures on “Dancing With the Stars.” He lasted six weeks before getting the hook.

Mr. Hamilton also dated Linda Bird Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and a marriage was rumored. “I think the last thing L.B.J. wanted was to have an actor in the family,” Mr. Hamilton observes. “But I had an extraordinary time with him. I went hunting with him on his farm. … I liked him.”

Mr. Hamilton had only one marriage, to Texas beauty Alana Collins, the mother of his son Ashley, 34. Their marriage ended in divorce. A generation after Ashley, he had another son, George Thomas Hamilton, known as G.T. The mother is Kimberly Blackford, whom he describes as an eye-catching beauty in her 20s.

“I wish I had been the marrying kind, but I wasn’t,” Mr. Hamilton writes.

‘Gypsy’ closing

Madame Rose and her daughters are leaving Broadway.

The Patti LuPone revival of “Gypsy” will close March 1 at the end of its star’s scheduled engagement, lead producer Roger Berlind announced Thursday.

The show, about the ferocious stage mother (played by Miss LuPone) whose daughter grew up to become stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, will have played 388 performances by the time it ends its run at the St. James Theater.

Miss LuPone won a 2008 Tony for her performance as Rose. Laura Benanti, who plays Gypsy, and Boyd Gaines, who portrays Herbie, Madame Rose’s long-suffering paramour, also won Tonys.

Locklear charged

Prosecutors in Santa Barbara have charged Heather Locklear with misdemeanor driving under the influence, citing prescription drugs.

The California Highway Patrol said the actress showed “obvious impairment” when an officer noticed her car parked on a highway and blocking a lane in Montecito in September, but that alcohol was ruled out. She was tested for drugs at a police station and released.

Miss Locklear, whose TV credits include “Dynasty” and “Melrose Place,” divorced Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora last year.

She is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 26., AP said.

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

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