MARRIED Actress Sharon Stone, 39, to San Francisco Examiner editor Phil Bronstein, 47. The unannounced wedding took place at Stone’s Beverly Hills home on Valentine’s Day. It’s her second marriage, his third.
BIRTHS Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano, 40, and his wife, Anna, 35, welcomed 9-pound 2-ounce Joseph Raymond, Feb. 16, in L.A. The couple has three other children, Alexandra, 7, and twins Matthew and Gregory, 5.
ARRESTED Model Anna Nicole Smith, 29, for battery, Feb. 20, in L.A. According to a police report, Smith ”assault[ed] an employee” at the Beverly Hills Hotel, prompting security to place her under citizen’s arrest. ”It’s been blown out of proportion,” said Smith’s spokesman. A court date is set for March 23.
RECOVERING Actress Nicole Kidman, 31, from surgery to remove a benign ovarian cyst, Feb. 14, in L.A. She was released from UCLA Medical Center after a 25-hour stay. Kidman took a brief leave from her current film, Practical Magic, returning to the set Feb. 23.
DEATHS King of the one-liners Henny Youngman, 91, reportedly of complications from the flu, Feb. 24, in New York City. In a 70-plus year career, Youngman never strayed from the snappy jokes and machine-gun delivery (”Take my wife—please”) that brought him fame…. Fox News correspondent Sandy Hume, 28, of suicide, Feb. 22, in Arlington, Va. A reporter for the newspaper The Hill, Hume was recently named a contributor to his father’s Fox News show Special Report With Brit Hume. Police did not reveal the method of suicide…. Banjoist Louis Marshall ”Grandpa” Jones, 84, reportedly of complications from several strokes, Feb. 19, in Nashville. A Grand Ole Opry fixture since 1946, Jones was best known for appearing on TV’s Hee Haw from 1968 to 1993…. Sportscaster Harry Caray, 78, of cardiac arrest, Feb. 18, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Caray called baseball games for over 50 years, the last 15 for the Chicago Cubs. His raspy ”Holy cow!” and rousing ”Take Me Out to the Ballgame” were synonymous with the game…. Songwriter Bob Merrill, 77, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Feb. 17, in Culver City, Calif. The lyricist behind Funny Girl, Merrill also wrote ”How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” He was reportedly despondent over his failing health…. Buddy, 10, the golden retriever star of 1997’s Air Bud, from synovial cell sarcoma, Feb. 11, in San Diego. Buddy lost a leg to the cancer last year.