Celebrity news for the week of May 1, 1998


New Love Boat skipper Robert Urich, 51, and his wife, actress Heather Urich, 48, welcomed Allison Grady, 6 pounds 8 ounces, April 18. The couple has two other children, Ryan, 19, and Emily, 17.


Actress Uma Thurman, 28, and actor Ethan Hawke, 27, filed for a marriage license, April 15, in New York City. No wedding date has been set. Thurman is expecting the couple’s first child in July.


Media giant Rupert Murdoch, 67, and his wife, novelist Anna Murdoch, 54, separated after 32 years. Anna will remain on the board of her husband’s conglomerate, News Corp. Ltd.

Separated last June after 27 years of marriage, NYPD Blue producer Steven Bochco, 54, and wife Barbara Bosson, 57, filed for divorce, April 14, in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences.


Katya Tylo, 3 months, daughter of actress Hunter Tylo, 34, had her cancerous right eye removed, April 17, in L.A. The cancer, retinoblastoma, is also behind Katya’s left eye and will be treated with chemotherapy.

Home Improvement star Tim Allen, 44, entered a rehabilitation clinic April 15 in California for court-ordered alcohol counseling after an arrest last May for drunk driving. Allen’s spokeswoman said he will be in rehab about three weeks.


Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio, 23, and The Ice Storm‘s Tobey Maguire, 22, are being sued for breach of contract by the producer of an indie movie. The suit, filed April 14 in L.A., claims that the actors, who filmed scenes for Don’s Plum in 1996, are blocking producer David Stutman from marketing and releasing the film by falsely telling potential distributors that he has no right to release it. Stutman is seeking $10 million in damages and a court ruling allowing him to release the film. In a joint statement, spokespersons for DiCaprio and Maguire said Stutman is attempting to exploit the actors ”by converting Leonardo’s 12-hour favor to a friend into a…feature-film release.”


Writer Octavio Paz, 84, of cancer, April 19, in Mexico City. Paz received the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature.

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founding member James Conkling, 83, of pneumonia and diabetes, April 12, in Sacramento. Conkling also helped develop the Grammys.

Actor Rodney Harvey, 30, of a heroin overdose, April 10, in L.A. Harvey was in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho with River Phoenix, who died of a drug overdose in 1993.