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Harrison Ford’s rescue of a mountaineer and Alec Guinness’s death made news the weeks of August 18th and 25th

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BIRTHS
On Aug. 8, actors Catherine Zeta-Jones, 30, and Michael Douglas, 55, welcomed their own wonder boy, 7-pound 7-ounce Dylan Michael. The couple hasn’t set a wedding date. Douglas has a son, Cameron, 21, from his first marriage.

RESCUES
Clear and present danger didn’t deter Hollywood man’s man Harrison Ford, 58, who, on July 31, piloted his helicopter to rescue dehydrated hiker Sarah George, 20, from Table Mountain, near the star’s Jackson, Wyo., ranch. Along with a copilot and an EMT, Ford picked up George, who was briefly hospitalized. Ford volunteered his services, but received an odd gratuity from George, who barfed in the actor’s copter.

NOMINATED
On Aug. 7, just days before the Democratic convention in L.A., presidential candidate Al Gore surprised Hollywood with the naming of his running mate, pop-culture critic Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), 58. The cosponsor of a 1995 bill to establish TV content ratings, he has vocally opposed the music industry’s tolerance of gangsta rap (particularly EW parent company Time Warner), daytime’s ”trashy talk TV,” and videogame violence.

SPLITS
My girl? Not anymore, apparently. On Aug. 4, former moppet Macaulay Culkin, 19, and his bride of two years, ex-Guiding Light actress Rachel Miner, 20, announced a ”temporary separation.”… Oscar winner Helen Hunt, 37, (who just signed to star in Woody Allen’s next film) and Emmy winner Hank Azaria (The Simpsons), 36, have separated. The couple, who began dating in 1994 and wed last July, have lived apart for several months, their publicists confirm.

COURTS
The media honeymoon’s over. Newlywed Friend Jennifer Aniston, 31, filed suit Aug. 7 against Celebrity Skin magazine’s publisher for invasion of privacy. She seeks unspecified damages and a halt to the distribution of a photo that, the suit charges, was taken of her sunbathing topless in her backyard. The mag didn’t return calls…. Light-fingered money manager to the stars Dana Giacchetto, 37, tearfully pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to misappropriating up to $10 million in investments. He faces a prison sentence of 46 to 57 months. A civil case is still pending against Giacchetto and his now-bankrupt Cassandra Group, though his lawyer says top clients like Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz never lost a penny.

DEATHS
Chameleonic British actor Alec Guinness, 86, apparently of liver cancer, in London…. KC & the Sunshine Band lead rhythm guitarist Jerome Smith, 47, in a construction accident, July 28, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Smith, a heavy-equipment operator, fell off the bulldozer he was driving and was crushed…. Actor Jaime Cardriche, 32, a former professional wrestler who played gentle giant Tim on UPN’s Malcolm & Eddie, of complications from gastric-bypass surgery, July 28, in Torrance, Calif.

with additional reporting by Natasha Wolff

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