Lauryn Hill and Kate Winslet made news the week of November 27, 1998

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BIRTHS
Singer Lauryn Hill, 23, and her boyfriend, ex-college football star Rohan Marley, 26, welcomed 7-pound, 12-ounce daughter Selah Louise, Nov. 12, in New York City. The couple have a son, Zion, 1.

WEDDINGS
Titanic heroine Kate Winslet, 23, wed assistant film director Jim Threapleton, 24, Nov. 22, in Reading, England. The couple met last year on the set of her upcoming film Hideous Kinky. It’s the first marriage for both.

DEALS
Move over, Lifetime. On Nov. 24, former Nickelodeon president Geraldine Laybourne announced that her Oxygen Media would start a new cable network for women through a partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, and Caryn Mandabach of the Carsey-Werner-Mandabach TV production company. The Oxygen Channel, scheduled to launch Jan. 1, 2000, will air a mix of original and existing programming. Said Winfrey: ”We look forward to [contributing] to a new cable network that will focus on women and treat us like the busy, smart, and complex people we are.”

ARRESTED
Bad Boy Records producer Deric ”D-Dot” Angelettie, 30, was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, Nov. 19, in New York City, for allegedly attacking Blaze magazine editor in chief Jesse Washington, 29, with a chair. A Blaze spokesman says Angelettie was apparently angry with the hip-hop monthly for running a photo that unmasked him as the mystery artist Madd Rapper. ”We deny all of these allegations,” says Angelettie’s lawyer, Ian Niles.

DEATHS
Director Alan J. Pakula, 70, of injuries sustained in a car crash, Nov. 19, on Long Island…. General Hospital star Norma Connolly, 71, of a stroke, Nov. 18, in L.A. For nearly two decades, Connolly played diner owner Ruby, aunt of Luke and Bobbie Spencer in the ABC soap. Her final appearance will air Dec. 4…. Actress Esther Rolle, 78, of complications from diabetes, Nov. 17, in L.A. Rolle played outspoken maid Florida Evans on Norman Lear’s early-’70s TV show Maude, and in 1974, her character was spun off into the hit series Good Times. Rolle won an Emmy in 1979 for the TV movie Summer of My German Soldier. ”She was the one true black matriarch on series television,” says Lear. ”There has been no other.”

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