The case of Peter Holm vs. Joan Collins--or, can a former Swedish rock star live on less than $80,000 a month?--took unexpected turns Wednesday when:
- Holm phoned in sick from southern France, missing a crucial court hearing in Los Angeles in his bid to win $80,000 a month in temporary alimony from Collins, the TV actress and his ex-wife.
- Superior Court Judge Earl F. Riley accused Holm of "playing games" with the court and removed his case from the calendar, effectively erasing six months of potential alimony valued at $480,000.
- Flamboyant attorney Marvin M. Mitchelson, representing Collins, vowed to seek evidence from France that Holm was remarried several days ago to a 26-year-old Los Angeles woman named Cathy Wardlow, described as a former secretary to owner Jerry Buss of the Lakers professional basketball team. That evidence could render the whole alimony question moot.