On a happier note, Geraldo Rivera tied the knot over the weekend with Cynthia Dyer in Boston. The free-lance TV journalist's best man was his son, Gabriel, 8. The couple will honeymoon in Italy, where Rivera will research a documentary on the Mafia. When they return, Dyer will produce his TV talk show, Geraldo, which debuts this fall.
A federal court in Los Angeles yesterday threw out a $10 million suit by Bette Midler against Ford Motor Co., which the entertainer had accused of using a sound-alike voice singing "Do You Wanna Dance" in one of its commercials, after she had refused to do it. U.S. District Judge Ferdinand Fernandez ruled that the law did not give protection from sound-alikes, but he scolded Ford for acting like "a common thief" in the matter, saying: "It doesn't take a refined sense of decency to say the defendants behaved in a less than completely moral manner."
Jimmy Dean had a Texas court's $500,000 judgment against him reversed yesterday by a federal court in New Orleans. Don Dean, who has been feuding with his brother for almost a decade, won the award in 1980, when he accused the singer of "bad-mouthing" him to people about his management of the Jimmy Dean Meat Packing Co. in the 1970s. The court ruled that the judgment stretched the limits of Texas law.
Jessica Hahn, whose liaison with PTL televangelist Jim Bakker led to his downfall, will finally reveal all the details in the September issue of a national men's magazine that her lawyer refused to identify yesterday. However, Dominic Barbara, a lawyer representing Hahn, said it was Playboy, Penthouse or Esquire. Barbara also wouldn't say how much the former church secretary was getting for telling all, but he did say that he was putting together a magazine-book-movie deal that could bring her $2.5 million. He said Hahn would be "in seclusion" in a Manhattan hotel until the piece is published. "She's being protected by bodyguards. It's part of the contract."
Peter Holm, who did a lot of huffing and puffing Friday but eventually was evicted peacefully from a Hollywood house he had shared with Joan Collins, gave the round to his estranged wife but said the fight wasn't over. "She
hasn't seen the end of this," he said over the weekend. "Unfortunately, I'm out on the street now, but we'll continue this battle later." The two will face off in court on Monday. Added Holm: "I feel that Joan has lost on this
because she has lost her greatest asset - me."
Brian King, the photographer who took a posed shot of Donna Rice before she met Gary Hart, is doing nicely selling it as a poster at $10 a pop. King told this week's People magazine that he had turned down offers for the negative to go into the Rice business himself and that he so far had sold 1,000 copies. The photo shows Rice draped in a Confederate flag that covers one breast but not the other. King said that he had offered to cut Rice into the deal but that she had declined.
THANKS, I THINK
Radio talk-show host Larry King, who also does a column for USA Today, made a strange reference in the paper yesterday to the Waldorf Cafe & Charcuterie at 20th and Lombard Streets. After saying he had heard it was "a helluva good restaurant," he noted that it "takes care of wayward strangers down on their luck." And he advises those who go there to tell "Jack, Greg, Gwen and Dottie" that he sent you.
Chef Eric Dietrich, who is in the process of buying the Waldorf with two partners, said he didn't know what King was talking about nor how King had come to know the place. He said Jack and Greg tend bar at Chaucer's across the street and Dottie hasn't worked at the Waldorf in months. Gwen Thomas is the eatery's general manager and one of Dietrich's partners.
"All I can say is sometimes we give food to hospices or other causes," said Dietrich; "maybe that's what he's referring to. I just don't know." Dietrich said he was writing a letter asking King to explain himself. Meantime, hungry freeloaders need not apply.
REALLY BIG BUCKS
Who's the richest man in the world? According to Forbes magazine, it's probably Japanese businessman Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, who is worth about $21 billion. The foundation of his wealth was laid by his father, who founded Seibu Group and bought huge chunks of Japanese land before, during and after World War II from upper-class types who couldn't pay their taxes.
Tsutsumi, 53, runs Seibu's railways division, which in addition to trains owns 24 golf courses, ski resorts, a baseball team, Price Hotels (one of tre world's biggest chains) and 2.4 million square feet of land in Tokyo.