Celebrity news for the week of Nov. 20
BIRTHS ABC president Bob Iger, 47, and his wife, CNN coanchor Willow Bay, 34, welcomed 6-pound, 13-ounce Robert Maxwell, Nov. 3, in New York City. It is the couple’s first child…. Model Kathy Ireland, 35, and her husband, physician Greg Olsen, 40, had a 10-pound, 2-ounce daughter, Lily Marie, Oct. 27, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The couple have a son, Erik, 4.
AILING Funkster Rick James, 50, suffered a stroke Nov. 9, possibly caused by a broken blood vessel in his neck that the musician suffered while performing in Denver Nov. 6. James is currently undergoing tests at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital…. Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, 36, from an emergency appendectomy, Nov. 7, at an undisclosed London hospital. Hammett, who was on tour for the band’s upcoming album, Garage Inc., is expected to make a full recovery…. Model Kate Moss, 24, reportedly checked herself into London’s Priory Clinic for exhaustion, Nov. 4. According to newspaper accounts, the cover girl is resting from a jet-set lifestyle and a tumultuous year that included her breakup with actor Johnny Depp. Moss’ agent did not return calls.
ARRESTED Celebrity chef David Ruggerio, 36, on grand larceny charges, Nov. 2, in New York. Prosecutors claim the host of the Food Network’s Ruggerio to Go overcooked the books at his now-defunct Manhattan eatery Le Chantilly, allegedly stealing at least $185,000 by altering credit-card receipts. Ruggerio’s lawyer has denied the charges.
LAWSUITS On Nov. 9, after five years of litigation, ’60s rockers the Kingsmen maintained royalty rights to their 1963 song ”Louie Louie.” The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Gusto Records and G.M.L. Inc., recording companies that never paid the band royalties…. Landlord Roger Hostin filed a breach-of-contract suit against Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor David Boreanaz, 28, Nov. 5, in L.A. In court papers, Hostin claims Boreanaz trashed an L.A. house he rented with a friend in 1994. Hostin is suing for $3,000 in back rent plus damages. Boreanaz’s publicist denies the claim: ”This is a case of someone wanting money from an actor.”
DEATHS French actor Jean Marais, 84, of pulmonary disease, Nov. 8, in Cannes. The star of numerous films directed by his lover, Jean Cocteau, Marais had his most memorable role as the Beast in Cocteau’s 1946 Beauty and the Beast.