Celebrity news for the week of September 19, 1997

WEDDINGS CNN’s Larry King, 63, and singer Shawn Southwick, 37, were married in a hospital room at the UCLA Medical Center in L.A., Sept. 5. King, who underwent heart bypass surgery in 1987, was diagnosed with a blocked artery just two days before the couple’s planned Sept. 6 nuptials. After saying ”I do” for the seventh time (it was Southwick’s third), King flew to New York’s Cornell Medical Center for an angioplasty. According to a spokeswoman, King is recovering well. The wedding reception has been rescheduled for October.

ENGAGED What will Lois think? Erstwhile Superman Dean Cain, 31, and country singer Mindy McCready, 21, announced Sept. 9 that they will wed. No date has been set. It will be the first marriage for both.

BIRTHS A 7-pound 11-ounce boy, Michael Alexander, to Latin lothario Julio Iglesias, 53, and girlfriend Miranda Rijnsburger, 31, Sept. 7, in Miami. It’s Rijnsburger’s first child; Iglesias has three children from his former marriage. The new parents have not announced plans to marry.

RECOVERING A building facade in Universal Studios Theme Park’s Courthouse Square, which originally served as the main backdrop for the 1985 Michael J. Fox smash Back to the Future, was destroyed in a fire Sept. 6. ”The clock tower that everyone loves is still intact,” says a park spokesman, who adds that restoration has already begun. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

DEATHS Publicist and author Derek Taylor, 65, of cancer of the esophagus, Sept. 7, in Suffolk, England. Best known as a spokesman for the Beatles and other bands (including the Beach Boys and the Byrds) during the 1960s, Taylor ran the press department for Apple Records until the Fab Four disbanded in 1970. His books include the memoir 50 Years Adrift…. Conductor Georg Solti, 84, of complications from a heart attack, Sept. 5, in Antibes, France. The Hungarian-born Solti, who won more Grammys (30) than any other performer in history, led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991, where he was known for his energetic conducting style…. Actress Sally Blane, 87, of undisclosed causes, Aug. 27, in L.A. Blane, the older sister of actress Loretta Young, appeared in more than 100 films, including I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932) and The Silver Streak (1934).