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Lillian Birnbaum

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Lillian Birnbaum, mother of casting director and TV writer Harriet Helberg, died Dec. 15 at her home in Marina Del Rey following a lengthy bout with colon cancer. She was 76. A native of New York…

Francis Feighan

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Francis Feighan, longtime publicist and entertainment reporter, died of a heart attack Dec. 27, 1996, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 53. A native of Cleveland, Feighan moved in 1965 to Los…

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LIT PICKS

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Gossip columnist tells all Hyperion Books has inked a seven-figure deal with gossip columnist Liz Smith to write her memoirs. The as-yet-untitled tome will span Smith’s career, beginning in the…

NEW TOON LAWSUIT

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As a federal court trial over ownership of the rights to “Rocky & Bullwinkle” got under way Friday, cartoon-ist Ted Key has filed a separate lawsuit seeking a court-ordered accounting of profits…

Miller ankles post at SPE

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Dennis Miller, who had corporate oversight of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s worldwide TV division, has resigned as exec VP for SPE with the intent of exploring other options, the studio announced…

GOLDMAN’S BOOKED

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If prolific screenwriter William Goldman had any affinity for horses or dentists, the films “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Marathon Man” probably never would have been made. These…

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