John Malkovich, heating up London’s West End in Burn This, has been trading old for new with a vengeance. The new includes a ladylove—as yet unidentified—whom he met on the set of The Sheltering Sky last fall, and the baby that they’re expecting in September. Having already shed his wife of six years, Glenne (Tess Trueheart of Dick Tracy) Headley, and his reported Dangerous Liaisons liaison, Michelle Pfeiffer, the actor is now apparently shedding his country as well and moving permanently to London. Malkovich, 36, who hails from Benton, Ill., confided to British columnist Baz Bamigboye, “I am putting the past away…. I don’t see going back to America in the near future, not even to work.”
Brent Mydland, 37, I keyboardist and songwriter for the countercultural rock band the Grateful Dead, and author of their recent songs “We Can Run” and “Just a Little Light,” died suddenly at his home in Lafayette, Calif., on July 26. The coroner’s report was inconclusive, so an extensive autopsy will be performed. Meanwhile, Dead spokesman Dennis McNally reported that no drug paraphernalia had been found at the time police discovered the musician’s body. “He did, however, have a terrible cholesterol problem,” McNally offered, adding that the group had just returned from a three-week national tour, “and Brent was very up and very positive throughout it.” Mydland, who joined the Dead in 1979, is—eerily enough—the third Dead keyboardist to have passed away. Ron (Pigpen) McKernan died of a perforated ulcer born of high living; his replacement, Keith Godchaux, died in a car wreck 10 years ago. “What can I say about a possible jinx?” sighs McNally. “It’s a fact that three of our four keyboardists have died. But if I could play keyboards and the Dead offered me the job, I’d still take it.”
Dudley Moore has come up with a dud once more. The elfin British actor, 55, and his third wife, statuesque actress Brogan Lane, 34, called it quits on July 26 after 2½ years, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Moore was previously married to British actress Suzy Kendall and American actress Tuesday Weld.
France’s classic tin lizzie, the Citroën Deux Chevaux (“two horses”) has, after 43 years, been put out to pasture. On July 27 the company’s final car, boasting a 29 hp engine and 40 mpg fuel efficiency, rolled off a production line in Portugal, yet another victim of changing times. Known as the toute petite voiture (“tiny little car”) to some, a sardine can on wheels to others, the homely auto will live on in spirit and Gallic celluloid: It has appeared in almost as many French films as Gérard Depardieu. “It’s a car that’s more than a car,” said a company official. “It’s a myth people look back on with emotion.”
Patrick Ewing, 28, 7-foot New York Knicks center, married longtime sweetheart Rita Williams, 5’6″ and a law student at Georgetown University, on July 27 in a private ceremony attended by family, close friends and business associates at their Maryland home. After the wedding hoopla, the star and his bride flew off to a Caribbean honeymoon.