MONITOR 1/9/1998

ENGAGED Actor John Stamos (Full House), 34, to model and MTV House of Style host Rebecca Romijn, 25. The couple, who became engaged on Christmas Eve, have yet to set a date. This will be the first marriage for both.

WEDDINGS Filmmaker Woody Allen, 62, and Columbia University graduate student Soon-Yi Previn, 27, were married in Venice, Italy, Dec. 23. Allen and Previn, the adopted daughter of the director’s former love Mia Farrow, made headlines in 1992 when their affair became public.

BIRTHS Let’s hope there wasn’t a video camera around. Actress Pamela Lee, 30, and rocker husband Tommy Lee, 35, welcomed their second son, 6-pound 14-ounce Dylan Jagger Lee, Dec. 29, at the couple’s Malibu home. Little Dylan will join brother Brandon, 1 1/2.

SPLITS Actress Robin Givens, 33, filed for divorce from her second husband, Yugoslavian tennis instructor Svetozar Marinkovic, 30, Dec. 19, in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had been separated since Aug. 22—the very same day they married.

LAWSUITS At least Amanda and Peter will have something to gossip about. On Dec. 22, actress Hunter Tylo, 34, was awarded nearly $5 million in her breach-of-contract suit against Melrose Place producer Spelling Entertainment. Tylo was fired in 1996 when the producers learned that she was expecting; they argued she couldn’t believably portray sexy home wrecker Taylor McBride. ”The verdict was based on emotion, not the clear wording of the law or the contract,” says Spelling attorney Sally Suchil. The company plans to appeal…. Retired film librarian Henry Armstrong, 72, filed a negligence suit against Home Improvement star Tim Allen, 43, Dec. 5, in L.A. In court papers, Armstrong alleges that in March, Allen nearly ran him over with his Ferrari, and that afterward, Allen ”appeared to act dazed and incoherent.” A spokesman for the actor—who was arrested in May for drunk driving and given a year’s probation and fined $500—did not respond to calls.

DEATHS Actor Denver Pyle, 77, of lung cancer Dec. 25, in Burbank. A veteran character actor, Pyle played a mountain man on The Andy Griffith Show and appeared in such films as 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, but he was best known as the lovable Uncle Jesse on the 1979-85 TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. ”Denver was a friend, a mentor, a hero,” says Dukes costar John Schneider. ”The world needs more people like him.”… James Komack, 72, of heart failure, Dec. 24, in L.A. A former actor, Komack was the creator and producer of such hit TV shows as My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and Welcome Back, Kotter…. Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, 77, reportedly of organ failure, Dec. 24, at a hospital near Tokyo (see Legacy on page 77)…. Cinematographer Stanley Cortez, 92, of a heart attack, Dec. 23, in L.A. Cortez set visual standards in Hollywood with classics like The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), which earned him an Academy Award nomination, The Night of the Hunter (1955), and The Three Faces of Eve (1957)…. Japanese director Juzo Itami, 64, after leaping from a rooftop on Dec. 20, in Tokyo. Itami, widely considered Japan’s finest film director after Akira Kurosawa, gained fame in the U.S. for his 1986 art-house hit Tampopo. His suicide came two days before a Japanese magazine was to report that the married Itami had a 26-year-old lover…. Former president of Columbia Pictures Dawn Steel, 51, of a brain tumor, Dec. 20, in L.A. (see Legacy on page 47)…. Blues guitarist Jimmy Rogers, 73, following surgery to treat colon cancer, Dec. 19, in Chicago. A founding member of Muddy Waters’ blues band in the 1950s, he toured with the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton in the ’80s…. Lillian Disney, 98, widow of the legendary Walt Disney, of complications following a stroke, Dec. 16, in L.A. When her husband wanted to name a new cartoon character Mortimer, Lillian persuaded him to change it to Mickey…. Singer Nicolette Larson, 45, of complications from cerebral edema, Dec. 16, in L.A. A backup vocalist for Michael McDonald and Linda Ronstadt, among others, Larson had a hit in 1979 with the Neil Young-penned ”Lotta Love.”… Comic actor Stubby Kaye, 79, of lung cancer, Dec. 14, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The stage and film actor’s most popular role was as gambler Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the original Broadway production of Guys and Dolls (he reprised the part in the 1955 film). Kaye also appeared in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit.