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Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid’s separation and Michael Caine’s knighting made news the week of July 14, 2008

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PARENTHOOD
Actress/activist Sharon Stone, 42, and newspaperman hubby Phil Bronstein, 49, adopted a son, Roan Joseph, born May 22 in Texas. Stone’s spokeswoman wouldn’t confirm reports that the boy’s mom is an unwed teen.

WEDDINGS
Actress Ellen Barkin (Drop Dead Gorgeous), 46, wed billionaire Revlon mogul Ron Perelman, 57, July 28 in New York City. He has five children from three previous marriages; she has two kids with actor Gabriel Byrne…. Following the Dixie Chicks’ June 24 gig in Las Vegas, frontgal Natalie Maines, 25, tied the knot with her beau of one year, Adrian Pasdar (Carlito’s Way), 35, at the Strip’s A Little White Wedding Chapel. The ceremony cost $55, which the two recouped by winning $740 at the Mandalay Bay casino. It’s his first marriage, her second…. Baby blue-eyed Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, 28, married squeeze Kristin Willits, 29, June 17 outside Lexington, Ky., his hometown. The couple met in 1993 at Orlando’s Disney-MGM Studios, where he played a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and she danced in the park’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s the first marriage for both…. Ex-Murphy Brown star Candice Bergen, 54, wed real estate magnate Marshall Rose, 63, June 15 in New York City. Her late husband was French director Louis Malle; Rose’s wife of 31 years died of cancer in 1996…. Self-avowed King of the World James Cameron, 45, took a queen in actress Suzy Amis, 38, June 4 in Malibu. They met on the set of his megahit Titanic (she played Rose’s present-day granddaughter) and began dating after the director separated from then wife Linda Hamilton.

KNIGHTED
Just weeks after complaining that he felt alienated from his native Britain, Oscar winner Michael Caine, 67, made Queen Elizabeth’s June 17 birthday list for a knighthood. Other, lesser honorees included American Beauty director Sam Mendes, 34, and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, 34.

HIRED
Hyperallusive HBO comic Dennis Miller, 46, was tapped June 22 as the new announcer on ABC’s Monday Night Football for an undisclosed salary. Miller, who has no sportscasting experience, will enter the booth Sept. 4.

SPLITS
They met on the set of 1987’s Innerspace, and now Meg Ryan, 38, and Frequency‘s Dennis Quaid, 46, need some space. ”The couple has been separated for six weeks,” their rep said in a statement June 28. ”The decision was mutual and amicable.” They wed in 1991 and have a son, Jack Henry, 8. Her publicist has no comment on reports that the actress is now dating Gladiator hunk Russell Crowe, costar of her upcoming film Proof of Life.

RECOVERING
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, 53, checked into a London substance abuse clinic June 29, reportedly for alcohol addiction…. Citing a strained right vocal cord, Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes, 17, scratched her 30-date tour, set to kick off July 13 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. She must undergo vocal therapy and rest her voice for two to three months…. Former TV nanny Fran Drescher, 42, underwent emergency surgery June 21 in Manhattan to remove a uterine tumor. Her rep said doctors caught the growth early and she won’t need radiation or chemotherapy.