Celebrity news from the week of Nov. 28
BIRTHS Does George Costanza know? Singer Erykah Badu, 26, and her musician boyfriend, Andre Benjamin, 22, had a boy Nov. 18, in Dallas, and have named him Seven. The couple’s first child was born at home with a midwife; birth weight is yet to be registered…. Talk-show queen Rosie O’Donnell, 35, adopted a girl, Chelsea Belle, who weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces at birth on Sept. 20. Chelsea joins O’Donnell’s adopted son, Parker, 2.
ENGAGED Actor Will Smith, 29, to actress Jada Pinkett, 26. It will be Pinkett’s first marriage, Smith’s second. The couple have not announced a wedding date.
ARRESTED Is it the tiki curse? Mike Lookinland, 36, a.k.a. Bobby Brady, was arrested for drunken driving Nov. 9 near St. George, Utah. Lookinland, who was working as an assistant cameraman for CBS’ Promised Land, flipped his car twice and had three times the legal alcohol limit in his blood.
LAWSUITS Singer Janet Jackson, 31, filed a temporary restraining order against musician Eric Leon Christian, 25, Nov. 17, in L.A. In court papers, Jackson alleges he made ”serious physical threats” against her and her representatives, and attempted to contact her ”no less than 40 times.” Christian claims that he sent Jackson a demo tape and that she used his song’s hook without permission on The Velvet Rope. ”I was very persistent, but never threatening,” says Christian…. Producer Don Murphy, 35, filed a $5 million assault-and-battery suit against Quentin Tarantino, 34, Nov. 14, in L.A. According to court papers, Murphy contends that he’s been unable to work since Tarantino attacked him Oct. 22 in a West Hollywood restaurant (Monitor, Nov. 7). Murphy had agreed not to file charges, but a spokesperson says Tarantino ”boasted of his attack” on The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show Nov. 10, prompting Murphy to change his mind. Tarantino’s lawyer can’t be reached for comment.
DEATHS Composer Saul Chaplin, 85, of injuries from a fall Nov. 15, in L.A. Chaplin won Oscars for his scores of An American in Paris, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and West Side Story…. Film producer-actor William Alland, 81, of complications from heart disease Nov. 11, in Long Beach, Calif. With Orson Welles, Alland acted in 1938’s The War of the Worlds radio broadcast and in 1941’s Citizen Kane, as the reporter investigating Kane’s life. He went on to produce 28 films, including 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon.