Births On Jan. 29, Shrek donkey Eddie Murphy, 40, and homemaker wife Nicole, 33, welcomed their fifth child, 7-pound 6-ounce Bella Zahra.
Weddings Second time Charmed? Shannen Doherty, 30, wed entrepreneur Richard Solomon, 29, Feb. 3 in Las Vegas. This is No. 2 for Doherty, who was wed briefly to George Hamilton‘s actor son, Ashley, in 1993. (Reports misidentified the hubby as I Am Sam producer Richard Solomon, who says, ”My wife was sure surprised.”)… Singer-actress Brandy Norwood (Moesha), 23, said Jan. 30 that she wed producer-songwriter Robert Smith (Michael Jackson’s ”Unbreakable”) last summer. This is her first marriage.
Splits Welcome to Heartbreak Hotel. Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), 38, and rock royalty Lisa Marie Presley, 34, have stopped dating.
Courts You’ve gotten nailed. On Feb. 4, an L.A. judge granted Meg Ryan (Kate & Leopold), 40, a three-year restraining order against real estate agent John Michael Hughes, 30. In January, Hughes was arrested for trespassing when he allegedly was found at the Malibu home of Andrea and Tomas Ryan (no relation) and claimed to be waiting for the actress—whom he said was his fiancee. Hughes must stay 150 yards away from Ryan, her family, and the house where police found him. At press time, Hughes was still in custody…. He wants it this way. On Feb. 1, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, 22 — facing a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence in a Jan. 2 fracas outside Tampa’s Pop City nightclub — reached a deal with prosecutors. If Carter serves three months’ probation, apologizes to cops, logs 16 hours of community service, and pays a $290 fine, officials say they’ll drop the charge. Carter’s spokesman had no comment…. Damn dusty film studio! On Jan. 29, Planet of the Apes remake extra Jeffrey Clark, 47, sued Fox Entertainment Group, claiming he and hundreds more were exposed to a ”known carcinogen” — the powder used in a dust-storm scene. Clark seeks unspecified damages and medical treatment for the extras. Fox had no comment.
Deaths Rugged actor George Nader, 80, who starred in B movies like 1953’s 3-D Robot Monster and penned 1978’s pioneering gay-themed sci-fi novel Chrome, of cardiopulmonary failure, Feb. 4, in Woodland Hills, Calif…. Grammy-winning gospel giant James Blackwood, 82, of complications from a stroke, Feb. 3, in Memphis. Elvis Presley was a fan…. German actress and singer Hildegard Knef (1952’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro), 76, dubbed ”the thinking man’s Marlene Dietrich,” of a lung infection, Feb. 1, in Berlin…. Oscar winner Harold Russell, 88, of a heart attack, Jan. 29, in Needham, Mass. (See Legacy on page 46.)… Sheldon Allman, 77, the singing voice of Mister Ed, of cardiac arrest, Jan. 22, in Culver City, Calif. Allman also acted in films including In Cold Blood and Hud, and cowrote George of the Jungle‘s theme.