By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 11, 2002 11:05 AM
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IMPROVED: “The Price Is Right” host Bob Barker, 78, had surgery Wednesday to eliminate discomfort from an enlarged prostate at the George Washington University Hospital. His surgeon, Dr. Michael Manyak, is quoted as saying on the hospital Web site that the TV personality is expected to make a full recovery after remaining in the hospital for two days before returning home. . . . SUED: Jerry Springer, 58, was sued Wednesday by Jeffrey Campbell of Kalamazoo, Mich., the son of former guest Nancy Campbell-Panitz, who was killed by her ex-husband hours after the airing of an episode that the couple had appeared on involving love triangles, reports the Associated Press. Campbell claims in his suit that the atmosphere of Springer’s TV show created “a mood that led to murder.” A spokeswoman for the program said neither the show nor its producers are responsible for the death. . . . HONORED: Turner Classic Movies will remember noted filmmaker John Frankenheimer, 72, who died Saturday, with a seven-film festival on Friday, the cable network announced. (TCM, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner.) The movies will include “The Young Stranger,” “The Young Savages,” “I Walk the Line,” “Grand Prix,” “Birdman of Alcatraz,” “Seven Days in May” and “The Extraordinary Seaman.” On Saturday, TCM will pay tribute to Rod Steiger, 77, who died Tuesday, with a three-film fest: “The Harder They Fall”; “Doctor Zhivago” and “In the Heat of the Night,” for which he won the 1967 Oscar for Best Actor. . . .STRETCHED: Kathleen Turner, 48, currently starring in a critically reviled production of “The Graduate” on Broadway (“unnecessary” was the nicest adjective applied to it), has extended her run in the show through Nov. 17, reports Playbill.com. The play is a hit, largely, it is believed, because the “Romancing the Stone” star appears in it stark naked. Jason Biggs and Alicia Silverstone costar. Biggs only strips down to his boxers; Silverstone stays clothed.