Celebrity news for the week of July 9, 1999
Novelist Tom Clancy, 52, to journalist Alexandra Llewellyn, 32, June 26, in New York City. It’s his second marriage…. Kickboxing actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, 38, married bodybuilder Gladys Portugues, 41, for the second time, June 26, in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. The couple’s previous marriage (which was Van Damme’s third) ended in 1993. This hitch is his sixth…. Wizened News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, 68, to Wendi Deng, 32, a former exec at News Corp.’s Star TV, June 25, on his yacht in New York. Murdoch’s divorce from his second wife, Anna, to whom he was married for three decades, was finalized in early June.
A 7-pound 8-ounce girl, Harley Quinn, to Dogma director Kevin Smith, 28, and his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach-Smith, 28, June 26, in Red Bank, N.J. It’s the couple’s first child…. An 8-pound 9-ounce boy, James Parker, to Dharma & Greg star Thomas Gibson, 37, and his wife, Cristina, 33, June 23, in L.A. It’s the first child for both.
Yesss! Stentorian sports announcer Marv Albert, 58, has been rehired by NBC, the network that fired him in September 1997 after he pleaded guilty to (rather kinky) assault charges in Virginia. Among other duties, Albert will cover boxing at the 2000 Olympics and call play-by-play for NBA games.
Pop king Michael Jackson, 40, from minor bruises sustained in an accident, June 27, at a benefit concert at Munich’s Olympic Stadium. Initial reports of burn in- juries to the contrary, Jackson’s reps say the Gloved One slipped to the floor after the elaborate mechanical stage set failed. Jackson finished his performance and was treated and released from a local hospital…. Novelist Stephen King, 51, from multiple fractures and a collapsed lung suffered when he was struck by a van, June 19, near his North Lovell, Maine, house. With four rounds of surgery successfully behind him and one minor orthopedic procedure remaining, King is in serious but stable condition. He is expected to spend at least another two weeks at the Central Maine Medical Center, then undergo lengthy physical rehabilitation…. Actress Elisabeth Shue, 35, from a torn Achilles tendon injured while exercising at an L.A. gym, June 14. Shue’s current project, Paul Verhoeven’s The Hollow Man, has suspended filming until August.
USA Networks head honcho Barry Diller, 57, filed suit against Cybermultimedia, Inc., a venture that sells Internet domain names, June 23, in New York. In court papers, Diller alleges that Cybermultimedia illegally uses his name, picture, and the USA Networks trademark in offering the Internet address barrydiller.com for sale. The media mogul seeks damages in excess of $10 million; reps for Cybermultimedia did not return calls.
On June 22, actor Robert Downey Jr., 34, was ordered to cool out in a rehab center at the L.A. County Jail. At a hearing in Malibu, the Two Girls and a Guy star confessed to violating his probation — stemming from a June 1996 conviction for cocaine and heroin possession — admitting that he has a continuing drug problem. Downey, whose next date with the judicial system is an Aug. 5 hearing, issued a statement saying that he ”looks forward to a complete recovery.”… Director John Singleton (Rosewood), 31, June 22, in L.A., after pleading no contest to a Jan. 2 charge of misdemeanor battery against the mother of his 6-year-old daughter. Singleton was fined $300, given three years’ probation, and ordered to undergo a year of counseling and to make a short film about domestic violence. Singleton’s spokesperson did not return calls.