ENGAGED Squashing rumors of an imminent breakup, actor Michael Douglas, 55, proposed to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 30, on Jan. 1, at his home in Aspen, Colo. The couple met in 1998 at the Deauville Film Festival in France. They have been an item since March ’99. No wedding date is set, but a spokesperson for Zeta-Jones says ”They plan on it being sometime this year.” It will be Zeta-Jones’ first marriage, Douglas’ second. His divorce from first wife Diandra is expected to be finalized this year.
ANNOUNCED Chat-show host Rosie O’Donnell, 37, has added newborn Blake Christopher to her brood of adopted children. The 5-pound-5-ounce tyke was born Dec. 5 and joins Parker, 4, and Chelsea, 2. News of the adoption was made public Jan. 4.
DEALS Composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, 51 (Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera), is vying for mogul status. Webber announced Jan. 9 that he has signed a deal worth $144 million to buy 10 theaters in London’s West End. He already controls three other theaters in the district.
ARRESTED Actress Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump), 35, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct in Manhattan, Jan. 6, following a rally to protest U.S. Navy bomb tests on Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. (Last April, two bombs went off course, killing a security guard.) Perez’s publicist said she ”remains resolute” about ending the Navy’s use of the island for bombing runs. Perez, one of eight people arrested outside the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, was given a summons and released. If convicted, she faces up to 15 days in jail and a $250 fine.
ROBBED Win Ben Stein’s Money? Try Rob Ben Stein’s Money. The 55-year-old host of Comedy Central’s popular game show was held up at gunpoint in an alley near his Beverly Hills home Jan. 5. According to a police source, two men accosted Stein, forcing him to hand over his wallet and $600. The suspects are still at large. Stein could not be reached for comment.
DEATHS Cartoonist Don Martin, 68, of cancer, Jan. 6, in Miami. As an artist at MAD magazine for 30 years, Martin helped define the gleefully juvenile monthly’s look. He jumped to rival Cracked after a 1987 dispute over reprint rights.