EXPECTING Actor John Travolta (The General’s Daughter), 45, and his wife, actress Kelly Preston (For Love of the Game), 36, will have a joint production this spring, their second child. The couple have a son, Jett, 7.
BIRTHS Actress Lori Loughlin (TV’s Full House), 35, and clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, 36, welcomed a 7-pound, 6-ounce girl, Olivia Jade, Sept. 28 in L.A. The couple have a daughter, Isabella, 1. Giannulli has another child, Gianni, 8, from a previous marriage.
MARRIED Two’s company enough for actor John Ritter, 51, and actress Amy Yasbeck (Wings), 37, who were married in Wilmington, Ohio, Sept. 18. It’s Ritter’s second marriage, Yasbeck’s first. The couple met on the set of the 1990 film Problem Child.
SPLITS Citing irreconcilable differences, country singer Trisha Yearwood, 35, and husband Robert Reynolds, 37, filed for divorce Oct. 5. Yearwood and Reynolds, bassist for the band the Mavericks, were married in 1994…. Former Miss World Gina Tolleson-Thicke, 30, filed for divorce from actor Alan Thicke (TV’s Growing Pains), 52, Sept. 29, in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, separated since June 1, were married in 1994 and have a son, Carter, 2.
LOSERS A request for an early end to probation from bad-boy actor Charles Sheen, 34, was rejected by a judge, Sept. 27, in Malibu municipal court. Sheen’s probation was extended in August 1998 to June 6, 2000, after his father, actor Martin Sheen, fearing for Charles’ life, informed authorities that his son violated parole (for a 1997 no-contest plea to a charge of assault) by using drugs. The court will reconsider the request in March.
INDICTED Bryan E. Smith, 42, on charges of aggravated assault and driving to endanger, in the June 19 accident that seriously injured novelist Stephen King, 52, in North Lovell, Maine. Smith, who is disabled, was arraigned Oct. 5 and entered a not-guilty plea. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. Smith has said that he feels the unusually severe aggravated-assault charge ”is because it’s Stephen King…. I’m being used as a guinea pig.” Smith was reportedly distracted by his rottweiler when his van swerved and hit King.
AILING Actor Dudley Moore, 64, announced Sept. 29 that he is suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare illness related to Parkinson’s disease. Though the Arthur star has experienced symptoms — including difficulty speaking and walking, and loss of vision — for several years, he was only recently diagnosed. ”I hope that by revealing my illness today, I can bring attention to this rare malady,” Moore said in a statement.