Marta Heflin Dies, Actress Often Worked with Robert Altman

Marta Heflin, the niece of the Oscar-winning actor Van Heflin and an accomplished actress in her own right, died Sept. 18 after a lengthy illness, according to an obituary in The New York Times. She was 68.

Lindsay Lohan Says Robert Altman Was Like a Father

Lindsay Lohan, who starred in the late director Robert Altman’s final film, A Prairie Home Companion, says that since hearing the news of his death, “I feel as if I’ve just had the wind knocked out of me and my heart aches.”

In a statement issued by her publicist, Gary Mantoosh, Lohan, 20, sends her condolences to Altman’s family and friends and says the director “made dreams possible for many independent aspiring filmmakers.”

Director Robert Altman Dies at 81

Robert Altman, who earlier this year received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime’s work as a director, has died in Los Angeles at age 81, his Sandcastle 5 Productions Company said Tuesday.

The director, who made such classics as M*A*S*H, Nashville and The Player, died Monday night, Joshua Astrachan, a producer at Sandcastle 5 Productions, tells The Associated Press.

The cause of death wasn’t disclosed.

Rockers Won't Let Paris Hilton Use Song

DENIED: John Kay of the rock group Steppenwolf says Paris Hilton approached him about using the band’s 1968 anthem “Born to Be Wild” on her FOX TV show The Simple Life – and that he refused her idea outright. “There are certain things even a rock and roller will not stoop to, and this is one of them,” Kay, 60, tells the Toronto Star. Not that Steppenwolf is anti-Hollywood. The band’s songs, including “Born to Be Wild” appeared on the soundtrack of the classic 1969 road trip film Easy Rider.


Robert (“The Player”) Altman’s latest movie, “Cookie’s Fortune,” premiered in New York Wednesday night and proved to be an audience favorite – in a celebrity-studded audience, reports PEOPLE’s Elisabeth Morse. Jonathan Demme, John Leguizamo and Al Franken (licking his wounds after NBC canceled his “Lateline”) were among the crowd, as were “Cookie’s” stars Patricia Neal and Charles S. Dutton.