Plus Martin Scorsese, Rosie O'Donnell, and more celebrities making news the week of Dec. 3, 1999


BIRTHS On Nov. 16—the day before his 57th birthday—director Martin Scorsese and his wife of four months, book editor Helen Morris, 52, welcomed their first child, 5-pound 9-ounce Francesca, in New York City. Scorsese has two children from previous marriages.

MARRIED Daredevil Evel Knievel, 61, tied the knot with Crystal Kennedy, 30, Nov. 19, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Knievel, who had a lifesaving liver transplant earlier this year, has four children from his previous marriage.

SPLITS Citing irreconcilable differences, Laura Deibel filed for separation from tool man Tim Allen, 46, after 15 years of marriage, Nov. 17, in L.A. She also seeks custody of their 9-year-old daughter, Katherine. In a statement, Allen made a ”plea for privacy” and had no comment on the divorce itself…. Sandra Carradine filed for divorce from actor Keith Carradine (A Thousand Acres), 50, citing irreconcilable differences, Nov. 16, after 17 years of marriage. She seeks joint custody of the couple’s children, Sorel, 14, and Cade, 17. The couple has reportedly been unofficially separated for the last five years. Carradine was not available for comment.

DEALS Vocal gun-control advocate Rosie O’Donnell, 37, and Kmart, one of the largest rifle retailers in the country, are parting ways. The talk-show host, whose Kmart contract ends in December, announced Nov. 18 that she will no longer appear in commercials for the chain. ”It’s not an acrimonious separation,” says O’Donnell spokeswoman Lois Smith. ”She just felt that it was only fair to them because she was going to take more of a gun-control stand.” In a statement, Kmart execs said the separation was ”mutually agreed” upon.

LAWSUITS A group of investors who financed a 1993 concert called the Jackson Family International Music Awards filed a $17 million breach-of-contract suit against erstwhile King of Pop Michael Jackson, 41, Nov. 17, in New York City. The plaintiffs claim that Michael reneged on an agreement to perform at the show. Jackson’s lawyer has no comment.

SENTENCED On Nov. 19, an L.A. Superior Court judge sentenced Wu-Tang Clan member Russell Tyrone Jones, 30—a.k.a. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB)—to one year of drug rehab and three years of felony probation for making terrorist threats and wearing body armor. L.A. cops arrested the rapper in Sept. ’98 and Feb. ’99, respectively. His lawyer didn’t return calls for comment.

AILING Doctors diagnosed comic artist Charles M. Schulz, 77, with colon cancer, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Surgeons discovered the disease during a successful Nov. 16 emergency operation to clear a blocked abdominal artery. The Peanuts creator is recuperating in the hospital and remains in stable condition; his treatment has yet to be determined. Because Schulz usually works about five weeks ahead of publication, new Peanuts strips will continue to appear through the end of the year.

DEATHS Gay wit Quentin Crisp, 90, Nov. 21, in Manchester, England. Born Denis Pratt, Crisp first gained fame with his trenchantly funny 1968 memoir The Naked Civil Servant, which was turned into a TV movie eight years later. He played Queen Elizabeth in Sally Potter’s 1993 film Orlando and is the subject of Sting’s song ”Englishman in New York.” A new run of his one-man show An Evening With Quentin Crisp, which won a special Drama Desk Award for its original 1978 staging, was scheduled to open in Manchester Nov. 22. The authorities presume natural causes; an autopsy had not been performed as of press time…. Writer Paul Bowles, 88, of a heart attack, Nov. 18, in Tangier, Morocco. A Renaissance man who penned poetry, composed music for Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, and translated French and Arabic, Bowles was best known for his existential masterpiece, 1949’s The Sheltering Sky. The famed expatriate, born in New York City, had lived in Tangier since 1947 and ran with such Beat Generation titans as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs…. Photographer Horst P. Horst, 93, of undisclosed causes, Nov. 18, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. In portraits and print ads, the former Horst Bohrmann created sexy, Hellenistic pictures that have deeply influenced celebrity photography and pop image making alike. Madonna’s ”Vogue” video, for instance, references his 1939 corset ad…. Tex-Mex rocker Doug Sahm, 58, of natural causes, Nov. 18, in Taos, N.M. Creator of the hoax British Invasion group Sir Douglas Quintet and a member of the Grammy-winning Texas Tornados, Sahm collaborated with Bob Dylan and Junior Parker and influenced such new-wave noise mavericks as Elvis Costello.