Scott Brown and Gillian Flynn
July 21, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Frasier‘s daffy Daphne, Jane Leeves, 38, and her TV-exec hubby Marshall Coben, 43, are expecting their first child in early January.

Kim Mathers, 25, wife of rapper Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers), 27, and the muse for his grisliest lyrics, attempted suicide, reportedly by slashing her wrists, July 7, at their home near Detroit. She was treated and released from a local hospital that night.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Dennis Quaid, 46, filed for divorce from his wife of nine years, Meg Ryan, 38, in L.A. July 11. They officially separated June 28; she’s reportedly been dating Gladiator Russell Crowe, 36, costar of her upcoming Proof of Life. Quaid seeks joint custody of their son, Jack, 8.

Mike Myers, 37, is hot under his turtleneck collar. One month after Universal sued the comic for backing out of a feature version of the SNL-based ”Sprockets,” he filed a $20 million countersuit July 10. (Producer Imagine Entertainment also sued Myers, on July 6.) Myers claims Universal tried to bully him into making the film with a weak script (which he cowrote); he also alleges harassment, claiming the studio’s process server ”stalked” him ”in a threatening manner down dark, winding, and unlit streets.” A studio rep says the suit is without merit…. Gay Survivor Richard Hatch Jr., 39, filed suit July 3 against Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth and Families for violating his civil rights after local authorities removed his 10-year-old adopted son in April and briefly arrested Hatch on charges of physical abuse. A family court returned the boy a month later citing lack of evidence. The suit claims authorities wanted to ”punish Richard for the manner in which he has chosen to live his life.” DCYF and Middletown, R.I., officials declined to comment.

Oops! British tabloids did it again. On July 10, after the U.K.-based News of the World reported the engagement of Britney Spears, 18, to ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake, 19, reps for the pair released a statement that the two ”are neither engaged or married. The story…is, not surprisingly, completely without merit.”

Stop, in the name of disinterest. On July 10, Uberdiva Diana Ross, 56, announced concert promoter SFX had pulled the plug on her 23-city tour with the ersatz Supremes, after playing just 12 cities, often to small crowds. An SFX official said only four gigs had been axed (at press time).

Hoofer Harold Nicholas, 79, half of tap dancing’s gravity-defying Nicholas Brothers, of heart failure, July 3, in Manhattan. Harold and brother Fayard, 85, were best known for their acrobatic ”Jumpin’ Jive” footwork in 1943’s Stormy Weather…. Hangdog-faced actor Walter Matthau, 79, of a heart attack, July 1, in Santa Monica.

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