WEDDINGS Melrose Place‘s lippy Lisa Rinna, 32, and former L.A. Lawyer Harry Hamlin, 45, married March 29 at their Hollywood Hills home. Dimitri Hamlin, 16, the actor’s son with Ursula Andress, was best man. It’s a first marriage for Rinna and the third for Hamlin.
ARRESTS The LAPD should set up an easy check-in policy for Martin Lawrence, 31. The Fox sitcom star faces misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly hitting an unidentified man who says he bumped into Lawrence on a nightclub dance floor on March 28. Last May, Lawrence was detained by police for brandishing a gun at an L.A. intersection; two months later he was arrested for trying to carry a loaded handgun onto a plane. This latest arrest follows a just-settled sexual harassment suit filed against the comedian by costar Tisha Campbell. A spokesman for Lawrence had no comment.
RECOVERING Heart surgery’s the way it is for retired CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, 80, who is recovering from a successful quadruple bypass April 1 in New York City. A spokeswoman for Cronkite, who had no prior history of heart trouble, said doctors discovered the artery blockage during a routine stress test.
LAWSUITS Don Johnson, 47, has filed a defamation and conspiracy-to-extort suit against Kiel Murray and Antonia Napoli, both in their 20s, March 24, in L.A. The suit claims the two women, who worked for Johnson’s production company, ”[concocted] a false story that [Johnson] made unwelcome sexual advances and assaulted the defendants” and demanded he pay $1.5 million or they would go public. The actor’s spokesman says there is ”positively no truth” to their charges. Lawyers for Murray and Napoli had no comment.
DEATHS Sci-fi novelist Martin Caidin, 69, of thyroid cancer, March 24, in Tallahassee, Fla. Caidin’s 1972 novel, Cyborg, was the inspiration for the Six Million Dollar Man TV series … Sesame Street writer-producer-director Jon Stone, 65, of complications due to Lou Gehrig’s disease, March 30, in New York. Stone served as the show’s primary director until last year, and, with Muppet man Jim Henson, created several beloved characters such as Big Bird and Cookie Monster.
— Shirliey Fung and Erin Richter