Plus Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter and more celebrities making news the week of Oct. 1, 1999

By Troy Patterson
Updated October 01, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

ENGAGED Actress Marla Maples, 35, and movie producer Michael Mailer, 35, on Sept. 10, in New York City. This will be the second wedding for the former Mrs. Donald Trump, the first for Mailer, the son of author Norman.

BIRTHS Actors Reese Witherspoon, 23, and Ryan Phillippe, 25, welcomed a 7-pound baby girl, Sept. 9, in L.A. The couple, married in June, did not release her name.

SPLITS Actress Helena Bonham Carter, 32, confirmed that she and actor-director Kenneth Branagh, 38, ended their romance, which began after they met on the set of Branagh’s 1994 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In a statement, Carter said that ”the decision was mutual.” Branagh could not be reached for comment…. Phyllis Redstone, 74, filed for divorce from her husband of 52 years, Viacom chairman and CEO Sumner Redstone, 76, Sept. 14, in Middlesex, Mass. Although court papers are sealed, Mrs. Redstone is reportedly seeking $3 billion. In a statement, Mr. Redstone’s lawyer said that he ”chooses not to reply publicly to any allegations.” Viacom has said that the divorce will not affect its in-the-works merger with CBS.

LAWSUITS Screen legend Sophia Loren, 65, filed suit against 76 cybercompanies, Sept. 17, in Indianapolis (where her business agent is based). In court papers, Loren accuses the adult-content websites of using ”fraudulent photographs” of her. She seeks unspecified damages and a bevy of permanent injunctions…. Rapper Eminem was hit with a defamation suit by his mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, Sept. 17, in Mt. Clemens, Mich. In court papers, she says that Eminem (real name: Marshall Mathers III) characterized her to the press as ”the epitome of white trash,” causing her distress. (Mathers-Briggs also alleges that her son broke a promise to pay the mortgage on her mobile home.) She seeks damages in excess of $10 million. ”Everything he said [is] true,” the rapper’s lawyer said in a statement.

RECOVERING Game-show host Bob Barker, 75, underwent surgery to fix a blocked neck artery, Sept. 20, in Washington, D.C. Four days before, Barker, an animal-rights supporter who was in D.C. lobbying on behalf of circus elephants, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital complaining of fatigue. He is due to be released by week’s end; a rep for The Price Is Right says that the show — which is taped in advance — will not be affected.

DEATHS Director Charles Crichton, 89, of cancer, Sept. 14, in London. The helmer of comedies like The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Crichton helped establish Ealing studios as a home of wacky Brit wit. He came out of retirement to make A Fish Called Wanda, the 1988 farce that earned him an Oscar nomination…. Comedy writer Harry Crane, 85, of cancer, Sept. 13, in Beverly Hills. Crane, a cocreator of The Honeymooners, also wrote for Abbott and Costello and the Marx Brothers.