LAWSUITS A French court fined former screen sex kitten- cum-animal-rights activist Brigitte Bardot, 62, and publisher Grasset 250,000 francs (approximately $44,000), due to remarks she made about ex-husband Jacques Charrier, 60, and son Nicolas, 37. In her memoirs, Initiales B.B., Bardot called Jacques, whom she divorced in 1963, ”a bourgeois coward,” and wrote that when she was pregnant, her son was ”a tumor who fed off me.” Bardot and Grasset couldn’t be reached for comment.

WEDDINGS Karen Duffy (Dumb and Dumber), 33, married investment banker John Lambros, 31, Feb. 28, in Hopewell, Jamaica. It’s the first marriage for both.

EXPECTING Fugees lead singer Lauryn Hill, 21, has announced that she’s expecting her first child, but she won’t comment on her due date or the identity of the baby’s father.

RECOVERING Maria Shriver, 41, was released from a Santa Monica hospital March 6, after nearly four weeks of treatment for hyperemesis, a pregnancy-related ailment characterized by persistent vomiting. The NBC news correspondent is expecting her fourth child with husband Arnold Schwarzenegger.

DEATHS R&B legend LaVern Baker, 67, of complications from diabetes, March 10, in New York City. Baker had five Top 40 hits in the ’50s, including ”Tweedle Dee” and ”Jim Dandy,” and her song renditions were covered by a gamut of singers that ranged from Elvis Presley to the Grateful Dead. In 1991, she became the second woman (after Aretha Franklin) inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Baker was in the middle of a comeback tour, despite losing both of her legs two years ago to diabetes.

— Casey Davidson, Shirliey Fung, and Anna Holmes