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1997


APRIL

... Sole custody of Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone) and his siblings, has been awarded to their mother -- ending former manager/stage father Kit Culkin's gambit to get Richie Rich. Culkin, 16, earned $17 million during his movie career, prior to "retiring" in 1995.

JULY

... Corey Haim (Lucas), 25, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 25 in Los Angeles. Ignobly known for teaming with fellow Corey Corey Feldman in License to Drive (1988) and Dream a Little Dream (1989), the Toronto native listed, in court papers, some $640,000 in debts and only $44,100 in assets.

... Danny Pintauro, who played Judith Light's goody-two-shoes son, Jonathan Bower, for eight seasons on Who's the Boss (1984-92), has outed himself in the National Enquirer, proclaiming: "[I] am proud to say I'm gay." Pintauro, 21, will be a senior at Stanford University come the fall. He says both his real parents and his TV parental figures -- Light and Tony Danza -- are solidly in his corner. Says Pintauro: "I would encourage anybody struggling with their sexuality to go with their heart."

AUGUST

... A 21-year-old woman blabs to the August 26 Star about her so-called "Wacky Nights With Gary Coleman." In the article, Jaime Draper claims she met Coleman (Diff'rent Strokes) at a Los Angeles nightclub in December 1996. As recounted by the Star, Draper says her "wacky nights" with the actor, all two of them, consisted of:

  • Coleman "talking about my breasts and how he wanted to touch them;"
  • Coleman noting that he thinks "male and female private parts are disgusting;"
  • Coleman telling her that he was a virgin.

Said the ex-kid star to the tabloid: "This is why I don't have a girlfriend."

NOVEMBER

... Mike Lookinland (The Brady Bunch) was arrested November 12 in St. George, Utah, for suspected drunken driving. The actor-turned-cameraman (late of the crew on CBS' Promised Land) suffered assorted cuts and bruises, but was otherwise uninjured when he rolled over his 1990 Ford Bronco in a single car crack-up.

DECEMBER

... Scott Baio (Happy Days) is not dead, despite widespread rumor to the contrary on December 18. Shortly after news leaked that ex-Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley had suffered a fatal drug overdose, came reputed word that the erstwhile Chachi had been killed in a car crash. The first story was true; the second was not. "... My parents called me, crying," Baio told the New York Times Magazine about the day he didn't die. "They heard it from my brother, who heard it on the radio. And they're crying and I'm thinking, 'Someone in my family [died]!' Little did I know it was me."

... Ain't no way to treat a Brady: Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) has been canned from her primetime gig on ABC's T.G.I.F. sitcom, Teen Angel. In McCormick's absence, Coach guy Jerry Van Dyke has been added to the cast. No reason given for the switcheroo.

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