Jacqueline Savaiano
April 18, 1988 12:00 PM

After tying the knot April 2 with Cory Margolis, a jewelry and antiques dealer, Carrie Leigh said of her palimony suit against Playboy’s, Hugh Hefner: “It doesn’t mean anything to me anymore. I want to forget the past. Nobody forced me to stay in that Disneyland environment.” Carrie, whose first movie, Blood Relations, opens later this year, met her new hubby in January through Screw magazine publisher Al Goldstein, who’s also a friend of Hef’s. “Cory is a very real, sweet person,” says Carrie. “We do everything together. Hef and I didn’t have much in common.” Now that Carrie is considering dropping her suit, will Hef stop his million-dollar countersuit charging her with taking his gifts while being unfaithful to him? Yes, says Hefner, “if I also have some reassurances that the lying and fabrications won’t continue in book form.” Even if he drops his suit against Leigh, he’ll file a malicious prosecution suit against her attorney, palimony specialist Marvin Mitchelson. “He led her down a garden path,” Hef explains. “What I care about is the misuse of the judicial system.” As for Mitchelson, he says, “Carrie didn’t consult me when she got married, and so far, I have no instructions to drop the suit.”

Happy Endings Dept.: William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett, the real-life husband-and-wife team who play the estranged Dr. Mark and Ellen Craig on St. Elsewhere, will reunite in time for the final episode May 25. She will accept a job in Cleveland, and Dr. Craig will follow her.

Charles is in charge—or at least that’s the image Trojans condoms has banked on in signing Scott Baio, star of the syndicated Charles in Charge family sitcom, as spokesman in its upcoming safe-sex TV ad campaign aimed at teens and young adults. Baio agreed to do the ads for free, without consulting Universal City Studios Television, Charles’s producers. “We think it’s a ridiculous idea,” steamed a Universal representative. “With Scott’s image on the series—which appeals to kids—we don’t think his pitching an adult product jibes.” Mario Baio, Scott’s dad and manager, says, “We’re Catholic, but we examined our hearts and put AIDS over our religious beliefs. This could be the world’s biggest plague.”

It seems Vegas diehard Wayne Newton has made an about-face with NBC, the network he successfully sued for libel a few years ago after newscasts linked him to organized crime figures. (Newton rejected the $5.3 million awarded him and will go back to court in L.A. later this year.) The singer recently filmed an episode of the adventure series The Highwayman, which will air May 6. “I was doing my friend [executive producer] Glen Larson a favor,” Newton says. “He said he had a part perfect for me”—as a crony of Jetto, the character played by Jacko, the Australian star of Energizer battery ads.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are going overboard with plans for a new house in L.A.’s oceanside Pacific Palisades district. The 10,000-square-foot house melds American colonial, country French and Newport (R.I.) mansion features. Architect Gus Duffy (who once glued a two-story closet onto Cher’s house and is currently building two houses on the same Beverly Hills block for actress Jane Seymour—one for resale) says the Hawn-Russell place will include a Grand Prix-like bike path winding around and through the house, a master bedroom with gym, his-and-her studies, “drive-in” closets, a steam room and sauna and, at Goldie’s request, “lots of bay windows.” Construction starts in four months and the estimated costs are between $1.5 and $2 million.

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