Anna Nicole’s dad blames Stern
Smith’s father Donald Hogan says arrest for illegal prescriptions is ‘two years too late’
Last month, Bobby Trendy e-mailed Dallas Voice his comments after hearing that Howard K. Stern was arrested and charged with falsifying prescriptions and funneling addictive drugs to bisexual bombshell Anna Nicole Smith.
Trendy wrote, "Why did you kill Anna, Howard?"
Now Smith’s estranged father, Donald Hogan from Oakhurst, Texas, tells E! News that he’s filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Stern, Smith’s former boyfriend.
He says Stern arrest came "two years too late."
"I blame him for her death," Hogan said. "I was asked awhile back, ‘Do you hate Howard K. Stern?’ and I said I don’t hate him, but I dislike him more than anyone I have ever disliked."
Hogan continued, "I blame [Stern] for bringing her the stuff and not helping her to get off of it. Nobody put a gun to her head, but somebody sure brought a lot of drugs home. I think he made a lot of bad decisions in his life, and I think it is fixin’ to come back and to haunt him."
Hogan told E! News that he’s considering working with his ex-wife, Virgie Arthur, on filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Stern.
"I would urge Virgie to think about this — this is wrongful death," he says. "And personally I don’t care if we get a dime out of it. Not one dime."
Speaking fondly about the grandchild he has never met, Hogan calls Dannielynn’s dad Larry Birkhead "a good kid" and says he hopes his E! interview will help them get in touch so he can finally meet his 2-year-old granddaughter.
Hogan, who had a falling out with Anna Nicole a few years after their 1993 reunion, says his biggest regret was not urging her to go to rehab for substance abuse, saying, "If I could have done anything that I wanted to do, if I could talk her into anything, it would be to go to Betty Ford or something."
The two-part E! News special airs Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m.
Clementine Ford officially out
This week, Clementine Ford, the daughter Cybill Sherperd, told The Advocate, "I am gay."
Ford is a former guest star of "The L Word," and she’s about to make her debut on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless."
The announcement came after the U.K. magazine Diva outed Ford last month with the headline "Clementine Ford Comes Out."
Diva also implied that she was having an affair with "L Word" actress Katherine Moennig, who plays "Shane."
"[W]hat upset me was, I felt that because I did not ‘come out’ in that interview, I felt it was unfair to fans that bought the magazine expecting to get a tearful story that says, ‘I’m gay,’" Ford told The Advocate. "I thought it was misleading, and now because I was upset by that cover, I am apparently back in the closet and people hate me."
And what about the reported affair with Moennig?
"I would never!" Ford said.
Hathaway goes over the rainbow to play Garland
Anne Hathaway enraptured queer audiences in "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Devil Wears Prada." Now she’s taking on the mother of all roles as she prepares to play the 20th Century’s most legendary gay icon, Judy Garland.
Hathaway will star in both Broadway and movie adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland." Clarke wrote the book that was the basis of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar-winning turn in "Capote," so his imprimatur on biopics is a valuable one.
The actress proved at this year’s Oscars that she can sing, so get ready to hear her belt "Over the Rainbow" and "The Trolley Song" and any number of Garland standards in a way that will probably make Rufus Wainwright very jealous. No director has been attached to either project, and no dates have yet been set. But listen for that "clang clang clang."
Quaid and Moore reunite … as Bill and Hillary
The last time we saw Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore together on screen, they were a married couple grappling with the husband’s sexuality in gay director Todd Haynes’ Oscar-nominated "Far From Heaven." Now the two actors are joining forces again to play … a married couple grappling with the husband’s sexuality and the witchhunt-like consequences that ensue when he’s caught with his pants down.
This time, however, Quaid isn’t a closeted gay man but a real-life horny commander in chief.
Yes, they’re portraying Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal for the HBO movie "The Special Relationship." Directed by Peter Morgan, the film will co-star Lewinsky as herself — sort of. She’ll appear only in news footage edited throughout. Michael Sheen and Helen McCrory will reprise their roles as Tony and Cherie Blair from "The Queen" and "The Deal," which Morgan wrote. Shooting dates have yet to be announced, but in the meantime, no blue dress jokes please. They’re so ’90s.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 3, 2009.