Calista Flockhart's newly adopted son and Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin's divorce make the news the week of January 26
Arrivals No more loose outfits for Daphne. On Jan. 9, Frasier‘s Jane Leeves, 38, and Paramount TV exec hubby Marshall Coben, 38, welcomed their first child, 9-pound 12-ounce Isabella Kathryn Coben … Prime-time waif Calista Flockhart, 36, announced Jan. 11 she has adopted a dancing baby boy of her own, though the child’s age and name had not been disclosed at press time. In a statement, the single mom thanked Ally McBeal‘s producers for offering ”a wonderful child-care facility enabling me to spend a lot of time with my son while I’m working.”
Engaged Lauren Holly, 37, is planning a spring wedding to New York investment banker Francis Greco. It’s the third trip down the aisle for Holly, who divorced her Dumb and Dumber costar Jim Carrey in 1997 and was previously wed to Danny Quinn, son of Anthony Quinn.
Splits Guess he’s not such a marrying man after all. On Jan. 12, Oscar winner Kim Basinger, 47, filed for divorce from hubby Alec Baldwin, 42, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, who met on the set of 1991’s The Marrying Man, have been wed seven years and have a daughter, Ireland, 5.
Arrivals Former Bond star Roger Moore, 73, reportedly was shaken but not hurt in a car mishap Jan. 13 while driving to the taping of a Swedish game show. Another car collided with the actor’s vehicle, and thanks to air bags — not gadgets by Q — Moore and his companion, Christina Tholstrup, escaped injury.
Deaths On Jan. 13, just eight days after his 16th birthday, actor-singer Michael Cuccione, who played young Q.T. on MTV’s boy-band spoof 2gether, died of respiratory complications after contracting pneumonia, in Vancouver. Two childhood bouts with Hodgkin’s disease had left him with compromised lungs … Brazilian guitarist and composer Luís Floriano Bonfá, 78, of cancer, Jan. 12, in Rio de Janeiro. Bonfá rose to international acclaim after co-scoring the 1959 Oscar winner Black Orpheus, which launched his four-decade, 500-song career and helped popularize bossa nova … British thespian Michael Williams, 65, of lung cancer, Jan. 11, in Surrey, England. The Shakespeare veteran’s last feature was 1999’s Tea With Mussolini, opposite his wife of 30 years, Oscar winner Judi Dench, 66 … Soul crooner James Carr, 58, famed for gravelly-voiced renditions of such R&B classics as ”(At the) Dark End of the Street,” of lung cancer, Jan. 7, in Memphis … Inventor Al Gross, 82, after a long bout with prostate cancer, Dec. 21, in Sun City, Ariz. Heralded as the father of wireless communication — including the first cell phone — Gross is also credited with inventing a two-way wrist radio that inspired Dick Tracy‘s famous gadget … Saxophonist and clarinet player Jack McVea, 86, of cancer, Dec. 27, in Los Angeles. The big-band musician, who played with Lionel Hampton in the 1940s, cowrote the 1947 novelty hit ”Open the Door, Richard.”