WEDDINGS It was a small ceremony for large-scale actor Kevin Sorbo, 39, the ripple-chested star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Sorbo wed his longtime girlfriend, actress Sam Jenkins (Chicago Hope), 31, Jan. 5, in Pacific Palisades, Calif. It’s the first marriage for both.
EXPECTING Actress Uma Thurman, 27, and her Gattaca costar Ethan Hawke, 27, are expecting their first child in July. The couple, who met on the set of last year’s futuristic thriller, have not announced plans to marry.
SPLITS Roseanne, 45, filed for divorce from third husband and former bodyguard Ben Thomas, 32, Jan. 8, in L.A., after nearly three years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have a son, Buck, 2 (Roseanne has requested custody).
LAWSUITS Rocker Tommy Lee, 35, pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor battery, Jan. 12, in L.A. The Motley Crue drummer and husband of Pamela Lee was placed on 24 months of summary probation and ordered to pay $17,500 to photographer Henry Trappler, who was injured when Lee assaulted him outside the Sunset Strip’s Viper Room in September 1996. As part of the settlement, Lee will also undergo 12 hours of anger-management counseling and carry out 250 hours of community service.
DEATHS Legendary country-music producer Owen Bradley, 82, of undisclosed causes, Jan. 7, in Nashville. As vice president of Decca Records Nashville, Bradley nurtured up-and-coming artists such as Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, and Loretta Lynn. Among the last albums he produced was k.d. lang’s Shadowland in 1988…. Actress Mae Questel, 89, best known as the high-pitched voice of Betty Boop, after a long illness, Jan. 4, in New York. Questel, who provided the voice of Boop throughout the 1930s, was also the voice of Popeye’s Olive Oyl from 1933 to 1967. As an actress, she appeared in such films as Funny Girl and New York Stories…. Former Motown president Ewart Abner Jr., 74, of complications related to pneumonia, Dec. 27, in L.A. Abner joined Motown in 1967 and rose to president in 1973. Following his retirement from the label in 1975, Abner worked as Stevie Wonder’s manager for the next decade. ”I will remember his heart, his spirit, his character, and his soul,” says Wonder. ”I have been inspired so much by just the way he was able to balance his business life and his family life.”
— Andrew Essex and Anna Holmes