December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

ENGAGED
ER newcomer Kellie Martin, 23, to Columbia law student J. Keith Christian, 24. No date is set. It’ll be the first marriage for both.

LAWSUITS
Manager Inga Vainshtein, 37, filed a $10 million breach-of-contract suit against pop star Jewel, 24, and Jewel’s mother and new manager, Lenedra J. Carroll, 48, Nov. 30, in L.A. In court papers, Vainshtein claims she was fired after Carroll ”undertook a series of…bizarre actions” in order to ”substitute herself…as Jewel’s personal manager.” Among the claims: Carroll demanded that Vainshtein’s advice be approved by a psychic channeler. A spokesperson for Jewel declines to comment.

DEALS
Wrestler-turned-Minnesota governor-elect Jesse Ventura, 47, has signed with Villard to pen an autobiography for a reported $500,000. The book is expected to hit shelves in mid-’99.

RECOVERING
Supermodel Cindy Crawford, 32, from a car accident, Dec. 6, in Malibu, Calif. Crawford’s husband, club owner Rande Gerber, lost control of his Jeep Cherokee when he swerved to avoid a horse on the Pacific Coast Highway, crashing into a mailbox and shattering a window. Paramedics flushed Crawford’s eyes with water as a precaution against glass fragments. Gerber wasn’t injured.

DEATHS
Tap dancer Clayton ”Peg Leg” Bates, 91, Dec. 6, in Fountain Inn, S.C. Despite losing his leg in an accident at age 12, Bates was one of the premier hoofers in the 1930s. In the ’50s and ’60s, he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show a record 22 times…. Soap star Michael Zaslow, 54, of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Dec. 6, in New York City. Zaslow’s Emmy-winning role as dastardly Roger Thorpe on CBS’ Guiding Light, which he played for 25 years, was recast after Zaslow was diagnosed with the degenerative illness in 1996. In May, he rejoined ABC’s One Life to Live as a character suffering from ALS…. Cinematographer Freddie Young, 96, of natural causes, Dec. 1, in London. Young, who won Oscars for three films with director David Lean (1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, 1965’s Doctor Zhivago, and 1970’s Ryan’s Daughter), was known for his painterly images…. Pitchman Johnny Roventini, 88, of complications from an infection, Nov. 30, in Suffern, N.Y. The four-foot-tall Roventini played a bellhop in ads for Philip Morris cigarettes from the 1930s to the ’50s. His distinctive line ”Call for Philip Morris!” helped make the brand a household name.

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