BIRTHS TV cop and erstwhile bad guy Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz), 40, and his wife, production designer Sherman Williams-Meloni, 40, welcomed their first child, 6-pound 12-ounce Sophia Eva Pietra, March 23, in Los Angeles.
WEDDINGS Suddenly, she’s married. Brooke Shields, 35, reportedly wed TV writer Chris Henchy (Battery Park), 37, April 4, on Catalina Island, Calif. They met making a 1998 NBC holiday special. Her two-year marriage to tennis ace Andre Agassi ended in 1999.
DEPARTURES After three years as Law & Order‘s assistant DA, Angie Harmon, 28, will leave the series after this season, said a show spokeswoman. The rep added that Harmon may turn up next season, since NBC hopes to shoot six episodes this spring to air in the fall during the projected strikes.
RETURNING After a high-profile exit in 1999, Lou Dobbs will return as host of CNN’s Moneyline next month, the network announced April 10. Host Willow Bay is reportedly discussing other positions with CNN; her former cohost Stuart Varney abruptly left the net last month.
COURTS Oh [expletive deleted]! Two teens sued MTV April 5, claiming they were splattered with human excrement during a taping of the talent show Dude, This Sucks. They seek unspecified damages. MTV exec Brian Garden apologized for the ”terrible incident.”…On April 6, in Los Angeles, the wife of William Gaffney, the extra killed on the set of last year’s Proof of Life, filed suit against Castle Rock Productions and Warner Bros. Karine S. Gaffney, 29, claims her husband’s working conditions were unsafe and seeks unspecified damages. In a statement, a Castle Rock rep expressed regret for the accident, adding: ”We’re very hopeful that we can work things out.”…Rapper Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Bruce Mathers III), 27, was sentenced to two years’ probation and forced to pay $7,500 April 10 in Mount Clemens, Mich., for carrying a concealed weapon. The felony charge stemmed from a June 2000 incident in which he allegedly pistol-whipped a man outside a club in nearby Warren. Em’s spokesman said he ”looks forward to putting this behind him.”
DEATHS Broadway vet Arthur Cantor, 81, who produced 1979’s On Golden Pond and more than 50 other major plays, of a heart attack, April 8, in New York City…Actor David Graf, 50, of a heart attack, April 7, in Phoenix. Graf played gun lover Tackleberry in all seven Police Academy films and Colonel Chase on The West Wing…Comic Theodore Gottlieb, 94, who performed as ”Brother Theodore,” of undisclosed causes, April 5, in New York City. Noted for a deadpan style he considered ”stand-up tragedy,” he was a regular TV guest of Steve Allen and David Letterman… Sometime actress Jennifer Syme (Lost Highway), 29, the former girlfriend of Keanu Reeves, 36, after her Jeep collided with three parked cars, April 2, in L.A.