Californian Larry Fortensky is in critical condition.Ex-husband of Liz Taylor

injured in fall down stairsLARRY FORTENSKY, AN EX-HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR, WAS CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER FALLING DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS AT HIS CALIFORNIA HOME. PARAMEDICS WERE CALLED AT ABOUT 3 A.M. THURSDAY, SAID CAPT. SCOTT BROWN OF THE ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY. DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT WEREN'T DISCLOSED. FORTENSKY, 46, WAS ADMITTED AND IN CRITICAL CONDITION, THE MISSION HOSPITAL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER SAID THURSDAY. TAYLOR WAS NOTIFIED THAT FORTENSKY WAS SERIOUSLY HURT. SHE WAS "DEEPLY SHOCKED AND HER PRAYERS ARE WITH LARRY FORTENSKY," HER PUBLICIST SAID.Shotgun-toting Dean

escapes $125,000 suit

A MAN CONFRONTED BY A SHOTGUN-TOTING JIMMY DEAN AFTER PULLING INTO HIS DRIVEWAY TO ASK DIRECTIONS DROPPED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE SAUSAGE KING. BOTH DEAN AND CHRISTOPHER J. DALLAGLIO REQUESTED THE DISMISSAL OF THE $125,000 CASE. A TRIAL LAST SUMMER IN RICHMOND, VA., ENDED IN A DEADLOCKED JURY. "THIS IS A CLASSIC FRIVOLOUS SUIT WHICH SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO COURT, AND IT DID SO BECAUSE I AM A HIGH-PROFILE CELEBRITY," DEAN SAID IN A STATEMENT. DALLAGLIO CLAIMED THAT DEAN LEVELED A SHOTGUN AT HIM, TOLD HIM IT WAS LOADED AND ORDERED HIM TO GET OFF HIS PROPERTY DURING A SNOWSTORM IN JANUARY 1996. DEAN DENIED POINTING THE GUN AT DALLAGLIO.Country's Tillis to sing

rock 'n' roll on Broadway

COUNTRY SINGER PAM TILLIS WILL SING ROCK 'N' ROLL ON BROADWAY. SHE WILL JOIN THE CAST OF THE LONG-RUNNING "SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE" FROM MARCH 16 TO APRIL 4 AT NEW YORK CITY'S VIRGINIA THEATRE. IT WILL BE HER BROADWAY DEBUT. THE SHOW FEATURES SONGS WRITTEN BY JERRY LEIBER AND MIKE STOLLER, SUCH AS "JAILHOUSE ROCK" AND "SPANISH HARLEM." TILLIS CALLED THE TUNES A CORNERSTONE OF AMERICAN MUSIC.Rooney is back in 'Oz'

as wizard behind curtain

MICKEY ROONEY IS BACK ON STAGE AS THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN, THE GUY IN CHARGE OF HANDING OUT BRAINS, HEARTS AND A BIT OF C-C-COURAGE. ROONEY SAID HE GETS A CHARGE OUT OF HIS ROLE AS THE WIZARD IN A TOURING COMPANY OF "THE WIZARD OF OZ," A MUSICAL THAT OPENED THURSDAY AT THE WANG CENTER IN BOSTON. THE 78-YEAR-OLD SHOWMAN DOESN'T PLAN TO SLOW DOWN ANYTIME SOON. "I LOVE WHAT I'M DOING. I GUESS THAT ENERGIZES WHEN YOU LOVE WHAT YOU'RE DOING. AGE IS NOTHING BUT EXPERIENCE AND SOME OF US ARE MORE EXPERIENCED THAN OTHERS," HE SAID. FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 29 ACTOR JOHN FORSYTHE 81

Author Germaine Greer 60

ACTOR TOM SELLECK 54

Actress Ann Jillian 48

TALK SHOW HOST OPRAH WINFREY 45

Diver Greg Louganis 39

ACTRESS SARA GILBERT 24