Names in the News
Aug. 04, 1990
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Roseanne Barr is hearing some cheers again.
About 100 fans showed up to support the star of the popular television comedy series ''Roseanne'' on her arrival Friday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Supporters held up signs such as ''Barr None Roseanne. You're No. 1. Keep singing those Barrs'' and ''Welcome Roseanne. Have a spit'n good time in the Twin Cities.''
Barr has been under fire since singing a shrill rendition of ''The Star Spangled Banner'' at a San Diego Padres game last week. Barr, loudly booed by the crowd, capped the performance by grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground in what she said was a parody of a baseball pitcher.
The rally was organized by Lori Peterson, a recent University of Minnesota Law School graduate who told Barr she was the victim of sexism. ''We believe it's not so much what she did, but rather who did it,'' Peterson said.
Barr said she doesn't know if people would have been as upset had the performance come from a male comedian.
Barr, also a standup comic, is scheduled to perform tonight in St. Paul, Minn.
NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Timothy Busfield, who allegedly threatened to boycott ''thirtysomething'' unless he got a hefty raise, is returning to work after settling a dispute with the makers of the acclaimed ABC series.
Busfield plays the advertising executive whose wife's battle with ovarian cancer is expected to be a key part of the show's coming season. He was nominated Thursday for an Emmy award.
David Gerber, chairman of the MGM-UA Television Production Group, said Friday the studio had settled a dispute with the actor.
On Wednesday, the studio filed a lawsuit that alleged breach of contract and said Busfield had threatened to boycott the show. Busfield wanted $36,375 an episode, while MGM-UA had offered him $28,750 per episode, the lawsuit said. MGM-UA spokeswoman Lori Gerson wouldn't say if the lawsuit has been dropped. Production of the series' fourth season began Friday in Los Angeles.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden has been elected to a second term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Malden, 77, will serve a one-year term on the academy board. He has served on the Academy Board of Governors for seven years.
He won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1951 for ''A Streetcar Named Desire'' and also earned an Oscar nomination for supporting actor in 1954's ''On the Waterfront.'' Both films starred Marlon Brando.
Malden went on to star with Michael Douglas in television's ''Streets of San Francisco'' and appeared most recently with Barbra Streisand in the 1987 film, ''Nuts.''
NEW YORK (AP) - John Hall, executive director of a broadcast artists' union whose members include entertainers David Letterman and Roseanne Barr and anchormen Dan Rather and Peter Jennings, is resigning for health reasons.
Hall said Friday he is stepping down Nov. 1 when his contract expires as executive director of the 77,000-member American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. A federation spokeswoman said Hall is suffering from a heart ailment, but gave no details.
The union represents both entertainers and news staffers in local and network broadcasts.
Hall, who has headed the federation since 1985, will be succeeded by Bruce York, now the union's assistant national executive director. Hall will continue with the federation as a consultant for two years.