Plus Bob Evans, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Denison and other celebrities making news the week of Aug. 7, 1998

By Alexandra Jacobs
Updated August 07, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
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SPLITS After 15 days, producer Bob Evans, 68, and actress Catherine Oxenberg, 36, announced July 27 that they have annulled their marriage. Evans attributed the hasty split to his ill health (he suffered a stroke in June)…. Author Anna Murdoch (Family Business), 54, filed for divorce from her husband, Fox News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch, 67, July 21, in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, married 31 years, have three children: Elisabeth, 29; Lachlan, 26; and James, 25 (Rupert has a daughter, Prudence, 39, from a previous marriage).

ARRESTED Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, 30, July 21, in L.A., after failing to meet a July 9 court date on a charge of drug possession. Weiland posted $250,000 bail and was released. A new hearing has been set for Aug. 12.

DEATHS Actor Michael Denison, 82, of liver cancer, July 22, in Amersham, England. After a 60-year career on the British stage and screen, Denison debuted on Broadway in 1996 in An Ideal Husband…. Comedian and Rat Pack sidekick Corbett Monica, 68, of leukemia, July 22, in Miami. After two seasons on TV’s The Joey Bishop Show in the early ’60s, Monica toured as a stand-up and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Monica appeared in Woody Allen’s 1984 comedy, Broadway Danny Rose. “He had the kind of style that I like,” says Bishop. “I prefer a comedian to be overheard—not heard.”… Magician and ventriloquist Bob McAllister, 63, of lung cancer, July 21, in New York City. McAllister hosted the syndicated kids’ show Wonderama from 1967 to 1977. “He made kids feel like people,” says Diane Robina, senior VP of programming at Nickelodeon’s TV Land…. Actor Robert Young, 91, of natural causes, July 21, in Westlake Village, Calif. Young was an MGM contract player in the 1930s and ’40s, appearing in such films as Northwest Passage. But it was as the star of TV’s Father Knows Best (1954-60) and later on Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-76) that he earned America’s confidence. In both Emmy-winning roles, Young exuded a paternalistic postwar calm despite battling alcoholism and depression in real life (he attempted suicide in 1991). “He was a great actor,” Welby costar James Brolin said through a spokesperson. Echoes actress Jane Wyatt, who played Young’s wife on Father Knows Best: “He was a real gent.”… Actor Hugh Reilly, 82, of emphysema, July 17, in Burbank, Calif. Reilly was best known as the father, Paul Martin, on TV’s Lassie from 1958 to ’64.

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