ENGAGED Mary Steenburgen, 42, said yes to Ted Danson, 47, when he proposed on her birthday, Feb. 8, in Houston. ”Every time I think about it, I just start smiling,” says Steenburgen.
MARRIAGES Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, 27, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, 32, tied the knot on Feb. 19 in Cancun, Mexico. A few days later, the newlyweds marked their commitment with permanent ring tattoos from Sunset Strip Tattoo in Hollywood. Anderson’s reads, TOMMY. Says the shop manager: ”Sounds like love to me.”
DEATHS Novelist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Calder Willingham, 72, of lung cancer on Feb. 19 in Laconia, N.H. Willingham published 10 novels, starting in 1947 with his first book, End as a Man, which brought him instant fame. He also wrote numerous screenplays, such as 1967’s The Graduate, for which he and cowriter Buck Henry received an Academy Award nod, and the 1991 film adaptation of his own novel Rambling Rose…Soul singer Melvin Franklin, 52, an original member of the Temptations, of heart failure in Los Angeles on Feb. 23…Actor John Howard, 82, of heart failure on Feb. 19 in Santa Rosa, Calif. The star of several Bulldog Drummond films during the 1930s, Howard also appeared in such classics as Lost Horizon and The Philadelphia Story…Screenwriter Robert Bolt, 70, after years of heart trouble, Feb. 20 at his home in England. Bolt won Academy Awards for Dr. Zhivago and for A Man for All Seasons, for which he wrote both the play and screenplay. He also wrote Lawrence of Arabia, which won Best Picture…Denny Cordell, 51, producer who worked with such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Tom Petty, and the Cranberries, of lymphoma in Dublin on Feb. 18. ”Sometimes our opinions clashed about my music,” remembers Etheridge, ”but more often than not he was right, and I was stubborn.”…Guitarist Bob Stinson, 35, a founding member of the proto-grunge band the Replacements, of undisclosed causes in Minneapolis on Feb. 18. Stinson left the band in 1986 because of drug and alcohol addictions. ”It was a sad end to a sad life,” said co-band member Paul Westerberg in a statement…Michael V. Gazzo, 71, of complications from a stroke in Los Angeles on Feb. 14. A well-known playwright (A Hatful of Rain), he was better known for his Oscar-nominated role in The Godfather Part II.