Celeb happenings the week of Sept. 29, 1999

By EW Staff
Updated October 29, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

BIRTHS Millennium star Lance Henriksen, 59, and wife Jane welcomed an 8-pound 6-ounce girl, Sage Ariel, Oct. 12, in L.A. Henriksen has a daughter, Alcamy, 12, from a previous marriage…. An 8-pound 13-ounce boy, Julius Robert Bay, to bodacious butt-kicker Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), 31, and her husband, Xena exec producer Rob Tapert, 44, Oct. 16, in Auckland, New Zealand. She has a daughter, Daisy, 11, from a previous marriage.

SPLITS Angel star David Boreanaz, 28, filed for divorce from his wife of two years, social worker-turned-screenwriter Ingrid Quinn Boreanaz, Oct. 15, in L.A., for irreconcilable differences. They have no children.

LAWSUITS Clarence Holmes, 31, filed a breach-of-contract claim against Wild Wild West star Will Smith, 31, among others, Oct. 5, in Philadelphia. In court papers, Holmes claims he signed a production agreement in 1986 with Smith and his former rapping partner, Jeffrey Townes (a.k.a. Jazzy Jeff), 34, that entitles him to one-third of the earnings of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Holmes, a boyhood friend of the pair, claims he cowrote nine songs, including the 1988 hit ”Parents Just Don’t Understand.” (The duo haven’t recorded an album since 1993.) Holmes seeks more than $5 million in back pay. Smith’s publicist did not return phone calls.

CLEARED Country star Johnny Rodriguez, 47, was acquitted of murder in the 1998 shooting death of Israel Borrego, Oct. 13, in Uvalde, Tex. The singer claimed that he mistook his friend for a burglar when he shot him (Borrego was cooking in Rodriguez’s kitchen at the time). The singer, whose hits include 1973’s ”Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico,” was briefly jailed in 1998 after being charged.

RECOVERING Dale Evans, 86, former Western star and widow of movie cowboy Roy Rogers, underwent heart surgery to replace a pacemaker battery, Oct. 12, in Loma Linda, Calif. She was released Oct. 18 and is ”doing fine,” says a spokesperson.

DEATHS Singer Ella Mae Morse, 75, of respiratory failure, Oct. 16, in Bullhead City, Ariz. Morse, whose style combined jazz, blues, and country, had the first million-selling single with 1942’s ”Cow Cow Boogie” for then tiny Capitol Records. Elvis Presley is said to have told Morse, ”Baby, you taught me how to sing!”… Writer and radio personality Jean Shepherd, 78, of natural causes, Oct. 16, at a hospital near his home on Sanibel Island, Fla. A New York commentator from the ’50s through the ’70s, Shepherd is best known for narrating 1983’s film A Christmas Story, which came from his 1966 best-seller In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. ”He perfected the autobiographical monologue,” says Doubleday-Broadway executive editor Gerry Howard…. Actor Richard Shull, 70, of a heart attack, Oct. 14, in New York City. During a 25-year career, Shull acted in Splash, Private Parts, and the current Broadway production Epic Proportions.