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What happened to Queen Latifah?

Plus Audrey Meadows, Gene Kelly, and more celebrities making news the week of February 16, 1996

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ARRESTED Living Single star Queen Latifah (Dana Owens), 25, for alleged possession of marijuana and a loaded .38-caliber pistol, after she was stopped for speeding, Feb. 3, in L.A. The rapper-turned-actress was the victim of a New York City carjacking in July… Rob Pilatus, 31, half of the disgraced lip-synching duo Milli Vanilli, after fleeing police who say they found him trying to break into a car, Feb. 4, in L.A. While being chased, Pilatus allegedly broke into a house and verbally assaulted a resident. He was charged with making ”terrorist threats.”. Actor Billy Dee Williams, 58, for domestic violence, after allegedly battering his unidentified live-in girlfriend, Jan. 30, at his Hollywood home. He was freed on $50,000 bail. Williams’ lawyer denied the charges.

WINNERS From simian to equestrian: Ex-Monkee Davy Jones, 50, is riding high after winning the Ontario Amateur Riders Handicap in Lingfield, England, on the long shot Digpast (the horse, apparently faster than the last train to Clarksville, was a gift from his daughter Sarah). The victory fulfilled Jones’ lifelong dream of trotting into the winner’s circle (as a child, he briefly trained to be a jockey).

DEATHS Actress Audrey Meadows, 71, of lung cancer, Feb. 3, at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. A trained concert-hall singer and stage actress, Meadows achieved TV immortality as Alice, the wry better half of Jackie Gleason’s blue-collar blowhard Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners, which, with I Love Lucy, is one of the few sitcoms still being shown 40 years after its creation. Meadows, who won an Emmy for The Honeymooners in 1954, was also a regular on Too Close for Comfort in the ’80s and Uncle Buck in the ’90s. Her sister, actress Jayne Meadows, was with her when she died. ”She was the first women’s libber,” says Joyce Randolph, who played neighbor Trixie Norton. ”She gave it back to Ralph as good as she got it.”. Hoofer Gene Kelly, 83, of natural causes, Feb. 2, in Beverly Hills … Superman cocreator Jerry Siegel, 81, of heart failure, Jan. 28, in L.A. As high school students in the ’30s, Siegel and childhood friend Joe Shuster dreamed up the Man of Steel.

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