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Celebrity news for the week of July 29, 2005

Celebrity news for the week of July 29, 2005 — Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

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ENGAGEMENTS

Amanda Peet, 33, and writer David Benioff (Troy), 35, will wed. No date has been set.

DIVORCES

The Princes of Malibu star Linda Thompson, 55, filed for divorce July 11 from her reality costar, music producer David Foster, 55, citing irreconcilable differences.

EXPECTING

Show me the baby! Cuba Gooding Jr., 37, and wife Sara will welcome their third child this fall.

COURTS

On July 22, an NYC court ordered R&B star Ashanti (last name Douglas), 24, to pay $630,000 in back royalties to T.E.A.M. Entertainment, which first recorded the singer in 1996 and 1997. Ashanti is expected to appeal. . . .An L.A. jury convicted photographer John Rutter, 42, July 25 of forging the signature of Cameron Diaz, 32, on a 1992 model release, in order to coerce her into paying millions for topless photos he threatened to publish. Rutter faces up to six years in prison. . . .On July 22, Sony BMG agreed to pay $10 million to music education programs in New York, following a state probe into how record labels pay off radio stations for playing their artists’ music. . . .An L.A. court granted Colin Farrell, 29, a temporary restraining order July 19 that prohibits the distribution, sale, or display of a 15-minute tape that shows Farrell having sex with Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain. . . .A London court awarded Roman Polanski, 71, $87,000 July 22 in his libel suit against Vanity Fair. The director accused the magazine of inaccurately reporting in a 2002 article that he tried to seduce a woman while en route to the 1969 funeral of his wife, Sharon Tate.

AILING

Mindy McCready, 29, is recovering in a Florida hospital after an apparent suicide attempt July 22 from an overdose. The country singer pleaded guilty last year to fraudulently obtaining the prescription drug OxyContin. McCready was unavailable for comment.

DEPARTURES

Croak! In an attempt to attract a wider audience, The WB announced on July 22 that its amphibian mascot since 1995, Michigan J. Frog, 50, has been fired. No replacement has been named. . . .After four years, former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert, 41, announced July 21 that she will not seek a third term as president of the Screen Actors Guild.

DEATHS

San Quentin inmate-turned-acclaimed crime novelist Edward Bunker (No Beast So Fierce), 71, July 19, of undisclosed causes, in Burbank. . . . Broadway orchestrator Michael Gibson (Kiss of the Spider Woman), 60, July 15, of lung cancer, in Dover, N.J. . . .Inventor of Swanson’s TV dinners Gerry Thomas, 83, July 18, of liver cancer, in Phoenix. . . . Eugene Record, 64, who led the soul group the Chi-Lites (”Oh, Girl”), July 22, of cancer, in Chicago. . . .Accordion master Myron Floren, 85, a fixture on The Lawrence Welk Show during its entire 27-year run, July 23, of cancer, in L.A. . . .Stage, screen, and TV actor Ford Rainey (Bonanza), 96, July 25, of a stroke, in Santa Monica.

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