June 28, 1999 12:00 PM

Fiscal Matters

Actress Lorraine Bracco, 44, who received an Oscar nomination for her work in GoodFellas, filed for Chapter 11 protection on June 9 in White Plains, N.Y. Bracco told the New York Post that bankruptcy became her only recourse after a protracted custody battle with actor Harvey Keitel over the unmarried couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Stella. “Nobody, unless they’re making $10 million a movie—which is not a place where I’ve ever been—could handle those kinds of legal fees,” said Bracco, who won primary custody of the child three years ago.

Arrested

Beverly Hills cops busted director Oliver Stone, 52, for allegedly driving under the influence and possession of hashish on June 9. The next day he was released after posting $12,500 bail and receiving a court date of July 16. Two decades ago, Stone won an Oscar for his screenplay for Midnight Express, a film that chronicled the imprisonment of a young man apprehended for trying to smuggle hash.

Sold

And the Oscar goes to…Michael Jackson. On June 12 at an auction in New York City, the 40-year-old self-anointed King of Pop made an Academy Award-winning bid of $1.54 million for the Best Picture statuette that went to Gone with the Wind a half century ago. Preauction estimates put the value of the trophy at around $300,000.

Let Loose

Ruling that the jury had not been properly instructed, a federal appeals court overturned the conviction of Autumn Jackson, 24. In 1997 a jury found that Jackson, who claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of Bill Cosby, had tried to extort $40 million from the comedian. Cosby took a blood test, but Jackson and her mother declined to do so.

Wed

CNBC financial anchor Maria Bartiromo, 31, sometimes known as the Money Honey, and Jonathan Steinberg, 34, CEO of Individual Investor Group, married on June 13 in Quogue, N.Y….

Jailbird Erik Menendez, 28, who like his brother Lyle is serving a life sentence for the murder of their parents in 1989, married Tammi Ruth Saccoman, 37, who is self-employed in the fitness field, at the California State Prison near Sacramento on June 12. Menendez does not qualify for conjugal visits, so no honeymoon is planned.

Honored

Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, 86, was honored by President Clinton on June 15 in Washington, D.C. Parks will receive the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for her courageous refusal to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955, which made headlines, inspired supporters and became a turning point in the battle against segregation.

Deaths

Female impersonator Charles Pierce, 72, who won a devoted following for decades by camping it up as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in nightclubs, died on May 31 of cancer in L.A.

Squared Up

Maria Maples, 35, an actress, agreed to accept the $2 million allowed her in a prenuptial agreement with Donald Trump, 53, thus clearing the way for their divorce to become final on June 8. The Donald, whose net worth is around $5 billion, will provide an undisclosed amount for the care of their 5-year-old daughter, Tiffany.

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