Brendan Fraser's engagement and the birth of Heather Locklear's first child made the news the week of Oct. 17
Engaged Watch out for that wedding! George of the Jungle star Brendan Fraser, 28, is engaged to his girlfriend of four years, former actress Afton Smith, 30. The couple has yet to set a date.
Births TV stars and their spin-offs: Talk-show host Leeza Gibbons, 40, gave birth to 8-pound 8-ounce Nathan Daniel Meadows, Oct. 3, in L.A. Gibbons and her husband, actor/architect Stephen Meadows, 46, already have two children: Lexi, 8, and Troy, 5 … Melrose Place‘s Heather Locklear, 36, and her husband, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, 38, welcomed their first child, 6-pound 6-ounce Ava Elizabeth Sambora, on Oct. 4 in L.A.
Arrested Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan, 29, at Winnipeg International Airport, Sept. 29, for possession and importation of cocaine. Sheehan and the rest of the band were en route to Canada to open for the Rolling Stones at Winnipeg Stadium. He was released on $5,000 bond, and a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.
Fights It’s a heavenly battle. Touched by an Angel‘s Della Reese, 66, held a press conference Oct. 6 in L.A. and charged CBS with age discrimination. According to the actress, she was given a 12.5 percent raise while her costar Roma Downey, 34, received a 100 percent increase. In a statement, CBS said it would ”respond to her demands to renegotiate … her salary.”
Lawsuits Courthouse regulars Pamela Lee, 30, and husband Tommy Lee, 34, filed suit Sept. 23 in L.A. against Internet entrepreneur Milton Ingley and others for invasion of privacy. According to the suit, Ingley has been selling, via a website, copies of the videotape stolen last year from the Lees’ home featuring the couple in flagrante delicto. (Penthouse threatened to publish photos from the tape in March ’96.) Ingley, located in Amsterdam, was served papers; he does not have an attorney and could not be reached for comment.
Deaths Screenwriter Dorothy Kingsley, 87, of heart failure, Sept. 26 in Monterey, Calif. Kingsley adapted such Broadway musicals as Pal Joey for the screen. Her 1951 Angels in the Outfield was remade by Disney in 1994 … ABBA manager Stikkan ”Stig” Anderson, 66, of a heart attack, Sept. 12 in Stockholm. Anderson helped steer the Swedish rock group to success in the ’70s.
— Anna Holmes, with additional reporting by Maggie Sieger