Producer Quincy Jones isn’t big on wearing jewelry, but he has been proudly showing off his new pinky ring: a Christmas gift from Tina Sinatra and her siblings. Although Jones initially thought that his was “the” famous ring Sinatra always wore, he learned that it is, in fact, a replica of the original. But that does not diminish its value or its very special meaning to Jones. Says Sinatra: “My father truly loved very few people, and Quincy was one of them. He is like a brother to me.”
As office parties go, the San Francisco Examiner’s could have made front-page news. Mel Patterson, an unassuming fellow who has worked as a librarian at the newspaper for 50 years, was stunned when colleagues threw him a surprise party. The Examiner’s executive editor Phil Bronstein made a few remarks before presenting Patterson with a special button to mark his 50th anniversary. Who did the pinning? Sharon Stone, who happened to be at the office—she and Bronstein departed later, presumably to celebrate their first wedding anniversary—and decided to pin a truly surprised Patterson. Says a partygoer: “She really got into it.”
Two performers you never thought would appear in the same production: Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, 37, and 70ish actress Ann Miller (Sugar Babies), have both been cast in Mulholland Drive, an upcoming ABC pilot directed by David Lynch. Cyrus may have to give up his day job: He also appeared in the Feb. 26 episode of Love Boat: The Next Wave, as a down-and-out country singer. “I had no idea I’d love it so much,” says Cyrus of the new gig.
If you think the dweeby restaurant boss in the new comedy Office Space sounds oddly familiar, you’re right. The mystery man under the bushy wig is Office director Mike Judge, the creator of—and voices behind—Beavis and Butt-head, as well as the co-creator of the animated hit series King of the Hill. “I thought no one would notice that,” groans Judge, when we asked about his unbilled cameo. “Nobody knows it’s me.” Judge says the guy is “an imitation of a band director I knew in junior high. I’ve been doing that character all my life.”
TV powerhouse Steven Bochco (L.A. Law, NYPD Blue), who split with his wife, actress Barbara Bosson, in 1997 after 28 years of marriage, has a new love: Dayna Flanagan, who is the president of Steven Bochco Productions. The pair attended the Hollywood Star dedication for NYPD Blue stalwart Dennis Franz, where they nuzzled, smooched and held hands during the ceremony and luncheon at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. According to a source close to the couple, they are now comfortable taking their previously low-key relationship public.