Expecting Friend-ly star Lisa Kudrow, 33, and ad-exec husband Michel Stern, 39, are expecting their first child. Kudrow’s pregnancy will be worked into the show’s plot … Melrose Place’s Lisa Rinna, 32, and actor husband Harry Hamlin, 44, are expecting a baby in the spring. It will be the first child for Rinna; Hamlin has a son, Dimitri, 17, from a relationship with Ursula Andress.
Revoked Actor Robert Downey Jr.‘s probation, by a Malibu Municipal Court judge Oct. 17, after the actor admitted that he had recently used drugs and alcohol, reportedly during a four-day period last month. In June 1996, the actor was sentenced to three years’ probation following a series of drug-related arrests. ”He slipped, and he fessed up,” says Downey’s spokesman, Alan Nierob. Downey won’t be sentenced until Dec. 8, to allow him to finish filming the Neil Jordan thriller Blue Vision.
Lawsuits Hello, hello, hello … lawsuit. Comedy III Productions, owned by the heirs of the Three Stooges, filed a trademark infringement suit against systems manager Bruce A. Laliberte, 38, Oct. 7, in L.A. The suit claims that Laliberte’s Stooge website uses unauthorized photos and videos. Laliberte says, ”It’s merely a public display of my private collection.”
Ailing Comedian Arte Johnson, 63, is undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Best known from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, he is currently working on the cable movie The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer. ”The treatments should end around Christmas,” says Johnson. ”That’s a nice thought.”
Deaths Pioneering newswoman Nancy Dickerson, 70, of complications from a stroke, Oct. 18, in New York City. Dickerson became CBS’ first female reporter, when she covered the 1960 presidential elections for the network. Most recently, she helped anchor PBS’ election coverage in 1996 … Actress Audra Lindley, 79, of leukemia, Oct. 16, in L.A. Lindley was best known as sex-starved landlady Helen Roper on Three’s Company. Lindley had recently taped episodes of Cybill and Nothing Sacred. ”She was a walking acting lesson and a wonderful lady,” says Jeffrey Tambor, who co-starred with Lindley in The Ropers … Actress Joyce Compton, 90, of undisclosed causes, Oct. 13, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Compton appeared in more than 200 films, including 1937’s The Awful Truth, with Cary Grant.
— Anna Holmes and Tricia Laine