Celebrity news for the week of July 19, 1999
Nash Bridges star Don Johnson, 49, and his wife of two months, preschool teacher Kelley Phleger Johnson, 31, are expecting their first child. No due date was announced.
Video director Spike Jonze, 29, to actress-director/winery scion Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides), 28, June 26, at the Coppola estate in California’s Napa Valley. It’s the first marriage for both…. Posh Spice Victoria Adams, 24, to Manchester United soccer star David Beckham, 23, July 4, at Luttrellstown Castle, near Dublin. It’s the first marriage for both; the newlyweds have a 4-month-old son, Brooklyn Joseph.
An 8-pound 4-ounce boy, Matthew R. Blosil, to talk-show host Marie Osmond, 39, and her husband, record producer Brian Blosil, July 6, in Provo, Utah. He is the couple’s seventh child…. An 8-pound 4-ounce boy, Presley Walker, to model Cindy Crawford, 33, and her husband, nightlife impresario Rande Gerber, 36, July 2, in L.A. It’s the first child for both.
Comedian and former Larry Sanders Show star Garry Shandling, 49, wrapped up a $100 million conflict-of-interest suit against his manager of 18 years, Brad Grey, 40, July 2. By settling out of court, Shandling and Grey avoided a trial that could have publicized their closely held business secrets. Shandling had alleged that Grey, the head of the management firm/production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, executed millions of dollars worth of deals with Columbia Pictures Television, ABC/Capital Cities, and MCA Inc. without paying Shandling his fair share, and that Grey used his connection to Shandling to lubricate these outside deals. Grey had countersued for $10 million. The parties did not disclose the exact terms of the agreement, but a joint statement notes that in the settlement, they exchanged ”certain interests in various television programs.”
Rapper DMX (ne Earl Simmons), 28, is in trouble with the law again. According to a police spokesperson, the performer was arrested on weapons possession and drug-paraphernalia possession charges, June 30, in Teaneck, N.J. Police seized drug paraphernalia, an assault weapon, high-capacity magazines, and hollow-point bullets from DMX’s home on June 28, the Teaneck police say. The performer allegedly turned himself in two days later and was released on bail. Neither DMX’s representative nor his lawyers returned calls for comment.
Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, 32, after an angioplasty, July 1, in L.A. The hefty harmonica player was admitted to Cedars-Sinai hospital after experiencing chest pains for months. Popper was released the next day. His band’s two July 4 weekend shows at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre were indefinitely postponed. The band’s spokesman says that all public appearances have been put on hold for the moment, but a solo tour planned for the fall is still scheduled.
Morphine singer Mark Sandman, 46, of a heart attack, July 3, after collapsing on stage at the Giardini del Principe near Rome. Sandman sang baritone and played a two-string bass for the bluesy rock band…. Don of Mafia novelists Mario Puzo, 78, of heart failure, July 2, in Bay Shore, N.Y….. Reggae singer Dennis Brown, 42, July 1, in Kingston, Jamaica. The charismatic crowd-pleaser had once been regarded as a potential successor to Bob Marley. An autopsy has not yet been performed…. Director Edward Dmytryk, 90, of heart and kidney failure, July 1, in Encino, Calif. Dmytryk, director of such classics as Murder, My Sweet and The Caine Mutiny, was a member of the Hollywood 10 and served a year in prison after being held in contempt of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947…. Clean-cut crooner Guy Mitchell, 72, of complications from surgery, July 1, in Las Vegas. Mitchell charted nearly 40 songs between 1950 and 1960, including two No. 1 hits, ”Singing the Blues” and ”Heartaches by the Number.”… Actress Sylvia Sidney, 88, of throat cancer, July 1, in New York…. Movie producer Sir John Woolf, 86, June 28, in London. His credits included The African Queen, Oliver!, and The Day of the Jackal…. Special-effects whiz John Stears, 64, of complications from a stroke, April 28, in L.A. (his family reportedly delayed news of his death until after memorial services were held). A two-time Oscar recipient — for 1965’s Thunderball and 1977’s Star Wars — Stears is credited with creating gadgets ranging from James Bond’s Aston Martin to the Jedi Knights’ lightsabers, as well as R2-D2.