NEWS LITE : RODDENBERRY HEIR'S LOSING ENTERPRISE.
The appellate court ruled Tuesday that Dawn Roddenberry will have to forfeit all claims to her father's fortune because she had challenged his will - a will that had expressly stipulated that anyone who contested it would be cut out.
Gene Roddenberry died Oct. 24, 1991, leaving most of his estate in trust for his widow, Majel Roddenberry, but he provided that Dawn would receive $500,000 plus a share of the trust fund upon Majel's death. He also left money to his son, Rod; daughter Darleen; and to his sister and mother.
Dawn contested the will six weeks after her father died on grounds that there was undue influence allegedly exercised by Majel.
Not only will Dawn not receive the $500,000 her father had left her, but she will also not share in the millions of dollars that could have been hers upon Majel's death.
Kathie Lee's star fading out All those who looooove Kathie Lee Gifford, raise your hands! No? How about those who'd love to see Kathie Lee disappear? TV Guide has bad news for the perky one: In a call-in poll of readers, a slight majority said she should be drop-kicked from her TV show. They said they've lost all respect for Gifford in the wake of the sweatshop scandal.
Doctor, `Surfer Dude' sticking together When he's stuck at the hospital and can't picture the perfect curl, surfing doctor Vince Nalbone works on his alter ego - a sculpture of a crouching surfer made from thousands of toothpicks.
``It's a change of pace,'' the Los Angeles ear, nose and throat specialist said. ``It's using the other half of the brain sort of a deal.''
Nalbone, 33, who moved here five years ago from upstate New York, has surfed the waves from La Jolla to Zuma Beach and County Line.
After spending about $300 on toothpicks and containers of glue, and five years of downtime during his residency at County/USC Medical Center, Nalbone has a nearly life-size sculpture he currently calls ``Surfer Dude.''
``I'd be working on him now and then, but sometimes we get so busy I wouldn't work on it for months,'' he said. ``It's a nice break from work.''
Surfer Dude, who stands on his own two feet and can be placed on a surf board, has lived in five apartments, including the County/USC hospital dormitory.
``He's monstrously heavy, cause he's solid,'' said Nalbone, who is from the Buffalo, N.Y., area.
Surfer Dude's next move is from Nalbone's most recent home in Diamond Bar to Chicago, where Nalbone will undergo more training to specialize in allergies and sinus surgery.
Surfer Dude will have a new home near the University of Chicago hospital.
Nalbone said he has been both praised and criticized for his project.
``I have some people who say, `Oh, you're not busy enough, it seems.' Then there are people who say, `That's neat that you can channel your energy elsewhere.' Then there's a whole bunch of people in the middle, who say, `Well, hmmm, we haven't seen anything like this before.' ''
An extremely serious case for TV star A shopping mall appearance Down Under turned downright scary for ``X-Files'' star Gillian Anderson.
The 27-year-old American was forced to cut short a public appearance in Melbourne, Australia, after an estimated 10,000 screaming fans surged toward the stage, crushing teen-agers at the front. Fans wept and fainted as Anderson pleaded for calm.
``I really, really want to stay and sign more autographs, but people are getting injured and I'm dead serious,'' she said.
Anderson looked weary and sat down at the back of the stage as ambulance workers, police and security guards came on stage and carried off teen-agers for treatment.
Police said there were no serious injuries.
Photo: (1) Vince Nalbone takes his toothpick sculpture,``Surfer Dude,'' for a walk Thursday.
(2) Gene Roddenberry: Tamper-proof will