Danny DeVito-Rhea Perlman split catches Hollywood off guard
‘Stunned,” “shocked,” “totally surprised” and “so sorry to hear it” — just a few of the comments veteran Hollywood insiders were using Monday as news broke Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman had separated after 30 years of marriage.
“For Hollywood — hell, for anywhere in America — breaking up after 30 years is practically unheard of,” said one of the biggest producers in the entertainment business, who has worked with both DeVito and Perlman. “I am devastated to hear about this. They are both good friends and will remain so. I’m just sorry they apparently were unable to overcome whatever issues they had.”A second Tinseltown source who recently worked with DeVito speculated the couple’s work has kept them apart, “as often is the case out here.” Beyond confirming the split, DeVito’s spokesman,
Stan Rosenfeld, did not offer any additional details.
† A friend of the couple did say she had not seen DeVito and Perlman together in recent months and added, “like many people, they may have drifted apart over a number of years — finding less and less things in common. … Their children are grown and their youngest is finally out of the nest. ... It’s just sad. ... They are among the most popular couples in Hollywood.”
STAR SCOOP: Fans of singer and actor Jon Bon Jovi will be happy to know the Golden Globe-winning songwriter will be walking the red carpet Thursday night at the Harris Theater for the opening of the Chicago International Film Festival. Word has it a couple of songs Bon Jovi wrote for the score of director Fisher Stevens’ “Stand Up Guys” (the festival’s opening night film, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Juliana Margulies) — just might be up for Oscars next February.
DEEPLY WORRIED: While the white powder sent in a package to Bristol Palin on the “Dancing With the Stars” set in L.A. turned out to be harmless, the reality TV star and her mom, former GOP vice presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are understandably upset by the ongoing threats against the younger Palin.
The FBI and Los Angeles Police are both investigating, but Palin is worried “one of those nut jobs out there will eventually get close enough to harm her,” said a show source Monday. “It’s just so ugly and wrong.”
Nahabedian is also excited about her new restaurant that’s under construction at 534 N. Clark — just up the street from Naha. Slated to open in the new year, the new eatery is described by the chef as “very intimate (only 50 seats), sexy and Parisian inspired.”
† Speaking of 30th anniversaries — one heck of a run for any restaurant — congrats go out to that great sushi mecca Itto Sushi on North Halsted, and to owners Keiko and Juco Hattori on their popular restaurant hitting that milestone. Previously Roby snared Guinness records for “world’s tallest cooked sugar building” and “world’s tallest chocolate sculpture.”
Previously Roby snared Guinness records for “world’s tallest cooked sugar building” and “world’s tallest chocolate sculpture.”