February 10, 1992 12:00 PM

Child star Freddie Bartholomew, 67, whose courtly manners and halo of brown curls enchanted movie audiences in the 1930s, died of emphysema on Jan. 23 in Sarasota, Fla. Producer David Selznick cast the British-born Bartholomew, then 10, in the title role of David Copperfield in 1934. The film made Bartholomew a popular child star, ranking close to that darling of the Depression era, Shirley Temple. A dozen movies followed, including Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) and Captains Courageous (1937), before his career faded at age 15. Bartholomew was in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and then attempted a brief unsuccessful comeback in movies in the late ’40s. He later became a director of TV dramas and eventually a successful New York City advertising executive….

Jet-setter Tina Chow, 41, whose various careers included model, best-dressed-list regular, restaurateur and jewelry designer, died of AIDS on Jan. 24 at her home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Chow was among the first to incorporate trendy new-age crystals—useful for “zapping people with good energy,” she said—into her jewelry. Chow, who was divorced from restaurateur Michael Chow, said she contracted AIDS through heterosexual sex. She had been active in volunteer work for the disease. She was the sister of costume designer Addle Lutz, who is the wife of rocker David Byrne.

Radio-TV legend Howard Cosell, the irascible 73-year-old commentator on sports, politics and just about anything else he chose to sound off about, announced plans to retire after the Jan. 31 broadcast of Speaking of Sports, his syndicated ABC-radio show. The incurably polysyllabic Co-sell, whose broadcasting career began in 1953 when he hosted an ABC Little League show, became a national celebrity on ABC’s Monday Night Football (1970-1984). Cosell said his recent bout with cancer (he had a malignant chest tumor removed last summer) and the death in 1990 of his wife, Emmy, caused him to bow out. “I can’t take sports seriously at this stage,” he said. Cosell said his immediate plans include a series of lectures at Princeton University.

Downhill bummer: Jane Fonda, 54, underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on Jan. 27 in Birmingham, Ala. The operation was to repair torn cartilage from a skiing injury. Her representatives stress that the injury was not the result of too many aerobic workouts.

Actress Joan Chen, 30, who played Jocelyn Packard on Twin Peaks, married Dr. Peter Hui. 35, a San Francisco cardiologist, on Jan. 18. The two were wed in Kentfield, Calif. at the home of Hui’s medical partner.

Pop sensation Mariah Carey, 21, has been hit with a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages by her stepfather, Joseph Vian, of Lake Hiawatha, N.J. He contends that Carey broke an oral agreement promising him a percentage of her income and that she caused the breakup of his 1988 marriage to her mother, Patricia. Says Carey’s lawyer: “We see this suit as being totally without merit.”

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