WEDDINGS Late Night host Conan O’Brien, 38, and ad exec Liza Powel, 30, took their first trip down the aisle, among Seattle showers Jan. 12.
ENGAGED They really did ring in the year. On New Year’s morning, No Doubt‘s Gwen Stefani, 32, agreed to wed her beau of six years. Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, 34, No date is set.
AILING Friends star Jennifer Aniston, 32, was involved in a minor fender bender Jan. 15 in L.A. Police say the actress’ 2000 Jaguar was broadsided by a 2001 Jetta (driven by an unidentified person). Despite complaining of pain when an ambulance arrived, Aniston decided to seek treatment privately and declined to press charges….Spin City cad Alan Ruck, 45, has been hospitalized in L.A. since Dec. 23 for treatment of a streptococcal infection and subsequent renal failure. He is slowly recovering, says a DreamWorks TV spokesman. Producers are uncertain if he’ll return to Spin this season.
COURTS On Jan. 11, a Los Angeles judge issued an order temporarily preventing Carl Roles, 53, from selling any property once owned by his ex-brother-in-law, late Beatle George Harrison. Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison, 54, had sued Roles for breach of contract and trespassing, claiming he had attempted to sell photos, records, clothing, and memorabilia taken from Harrison’s former L.A. residence, where Roles lived in the late ’70s. Roles has denied the charges…. On Dec. 14, a New Jersey judge issued a bench warrant for Jason Mewes, 27, best known as Kevin Smith‘s chum Jay in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and other films. Officials say the actor, who was sentenced to two years’ probation for heroin possession in January 2001, recently failed to make a court appearance and attend meetings with his probation officer. At press time, a spokeswoman for Smith’s company said Mewes was in California; Mewes could not be reached for comment.
DEATHS Funnyman Frank Shuster, 85, who teamed with the late Johnny Wayne to become staples of The Ed Sullivan Show, of pneumonia, Jan. 13, in Toronto….Emmy-winning comedy writer Mike Marmer (The Carol Burnett Show), 76, who later produced the ’70s kiddie show Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp, of pancreatic cancer, Jan. 12, in L.A….Comic-book artist John Buscema, 74, who worked on such Marvel hits as Avengers and Conan the Barbarian, of stomach cancer, Jan. 10, in Port Jefferson, N.Y….Tony-winning actor Bill McCutcheon (Anything Goes), 77, who played Uncle Wally for eight years on Sesame Street, of pneumonia, Jan. 9, in Ridgewood, N.J….Comedian Avery Schreiber, 66, who costarred with longtime partner Jack Burns on TV’s The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour in 1973, of a heart attack, Jan. 7, in L.A….Pop composer Juan García Esquivel, 83, whose space-age instrumentals were rediscovered in the cocktail-culture ’90s, of complications from a stroke, Jan. 3, in Morelos, Mexico.