Celebrity news for the week of June 27, 1997

SPLITS Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 24, and her fiance, actor Brad Pitt, 33, have ”mutually agreed to end their two-and-a-half-year relationship,” according to Pitt’s publicist. The announcement came as a surprise; it was even rumored that the two would wed this month at Steven Spielberg’s estate on Long Island. And as recently as April, Paltrow was quoted as saying that she’d turned down the role of Emma Peel in the big-screen version of The Avengers because shooting in London ”would have meant a long separation from Brad, and I couldn’t bear it.” As for Pitt, he publicly referred to her as ”my angel” in his Golden Globe acceptance speech last year. The two met while playing husband and wife in the dark 1995 thriller Seven; they’d been engaged since December. Pitt’s spokeswoman admits the pair broke up ”a couple of weeks ago,” but denies reports that their relationship began to sour even before their engagement when Paltrow was filming Great Expectations. Both actors are scheduled to star in Sony’s romantic comedy Duets, directed by Paltrow’s father, Bruce. Pitt’s spokeswoman insists that the film, about two singers who meet at a karaoke contest, will begin shooting this September as scheduled…The long kiss is over. Actress Geena Davis, 40, and director Renny Harlin, 38, have been separated since April. The couple, who married in 1993, collaborated on two critical and commercial duds: 1995’s Cutthroat Island and 1996’s The Long Kiss Goodnight. Davis’ publicist says, ”The separation is amicable and the two will continue to work together as partners.”…After almost four years of marriage, Calvin Klein exec Elizabeth Rogers, 32, filed for divorce June 2 in L.A. from Chicago Hope‘s Peter Berg, 35, citing irreconcilable differences.

DEATH Richard Jaeckel, 70, of cancer, in Woodland Hills, Calif. The stocky actor, who specialized in playing gunslingers and tough guys, was best known for his role in 1967’s The Dirty Dozen, and he also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1971’s Sometimes a Great Notion, directed by Paul Newman. Jaeckel recently appeared as a lifeguard on Baywatch.