Alyssa Milano's judgment and Linda Hamilton and James Cameron's divorce make news the week of January 8, 1999
Actress Vivica A. Fox, 34, said ”I do” to R&B performer Christopher Harvest (a.k.a. Sixx-Nine), 29, Dec. 19, in L.A.
Actress Linda Hamilton, 42, filed for divorce from director James Cameron, 44, Dec. 14, in L.A. The couple, who have a daughter, Josephine, 5, made headlines earlier this year after they separated and Cameron began seeing Titanic costar Suzy Amis.
Charmed star Alyssa Milano, 26, was awarded $230,000 following a default judgment in her case against website creator John Lindgren, 21, Dec. 23, in L.A. In April, Milano filed a complaint against Lindgren for allegedly posting nude photos of her on the Internet. Milano’s attorney, Mitchell Kamarck, says the actress plans to invest the money in safesearching.com, a ”Hollywood-friendly” search engine she’s created. Lindgren could not be reached for comment.
Rapper Busta Rhymes, 26, for alleged possession of a weapon, Dec. 27, in New York City. According to police, a loaded gun was found in Rhymes’ car after he was stopped for making an unsafe lane change. His business manager, Gerald Odom, 25, was in the car and reportedly charged with marijuana possession. Rhymes and Odom couldn’t be reached for comment.
Macaulay Culkin‘s clan, including mother Patricia Brentrup and siblings Dakota, 20, Quinn, 13, Chris, 10, and Rory, 8, after a four-alarm fire erupted in their New York City apartment, Dec. 23. An electric heater was reportedly the source of the blaze. Four tenants died from smoke inhalation, but the Culkins weren’t injured. Macaulay, who lives nearby with actress wife Rachel Miner, wasn’t in the apartment at the time. A Culkin spokesperson says the family feels ”terrible about this tragedy.”…Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, 58, after liver-transplant surgery, Dec. 17, in Jacksonville, Fla. Lesh was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1992 and recently began suffering from internal bleeding, prompting the operation. In a posting on the band’s official website, Lesh deemed the transplant a ”success.”
Veteran character actor Richard Paul, 58, of cancer, Dec. 25, in L.A. Paul gave a memorable performance as Rev. Jerry Falwell in 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt. His last role is in the upcoming The Independent…. Talk-show host Virginia Graham, 86, following a heart attack, Dec. 22, in New York City. Graham’s nationally syndicated TV shows Girl Talk (1963-70) and The Virginia Graham Show (1970-72) made her a pioneer of female-oriented programming that featured news, entertainment, and celebrity interviews. She also made frequent appearances as a substitute host on the Today show. Her book, prophetically titled I Love Antiques but I Don’t Want to Be One, is scheduled to be published next fall by Crown…. Actress Michelle Thomas, 30, of stomach cancer, Dec. 22, in New York City. Thomas played Urkel’s girlfriend Myra on Family Matters for five seasons. Most recently, she starred on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless…. Actress Irene Hervey, 89, of heart failure, Dec. 20, in Woodland Hills, Calif. A leading lady who played opposite many Hollywood stars in the ’30s and ’40s, Hervey got her big break as Jimmy Stewart’s love interest in 1939’s Destry Rides Again. In later years she appeared in such films as Play Misty for Me and TV shows like Charlie’s Angels…. Actor Norman Fell, 74, of multiple myeloma, Dec. 14, in Woodland Hills, Calif. A veteran of over 35 films, including 1967’s The Graduate, Fell was best known as libido-less landlord Mr. Roper on the ABC sitcom Three’s Company from 1977 to 1979. He left the series to star in the short-lived spin-off The Ropers…. British entertainment tycoon Lew Grade, 91, of a heart attack, Dec. 13, in London. Grade cofounded Associated Television in 1955, the first British commercial channel to compete with the BBC. He went on to produce such diverse hits as 1973’s The Exorcist, the 1977 TV miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, the syndicated series The Muppet Show, and the Oscar-nominated On Golden Pond…. English composer John Addison, 78, of a stroke, Dec. 7, in Bennington, Vt. Addison won an Oscar for his score of 1963’s Tom Jones and an Emmy in 1985 for his theme for Murder, She Wrote.
Additional reporting by Kristen Baldwin, Suna Chang, Tricia Laine, and Will Lee