Marc Anthony's second baby and Diane Von Furstenberg's second marriage made news the week of February 16th, 2001
BIRTHS On Feb. 5, Latin crooner Marc Anthony, 32, and his wife, 1993 Miss Universe Dayanara, 26, premiered their first child, 7-pound 1-ounce Cristian Anthony Muñiz. Anthony has a daughter from a previous relationship … On Feb. 2, The Practice‘s Kelli Williams, 30, welcomed, without objection, 7-pound 12-ounce girl Sarame Jane. This is No. 2 with writer hubby Ajay Sahgal, 35.
WEDDINGS After 26 years together, USA Networks chief Barry Diller, 59, and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, 53, tied the knot in five short minutes Feb. 2 at New York’s City Hall. This is Diller’s first marriage; Von Furstenberg was previously wed to Austria’s Prince Egon Von Furstenberg.
SPLITS On Feb. 2, soap star Kristina Wagner (General Hospital), 37, filed for divorce from former Melrose Placer Jack Wagner, 41, citing irreconcilable differences. She’s seeking joint custody of their sons, Peter, 10, and Harrison, 6. Wagner’s manager had no comment.
COURTS Garbage in, garbage out. On Jan. 29, the Shirley Manson-led Garbage sued Universal Music Group to end their record deal, citing last August’s retirement of the exec who signed them (former Almo Sounds chairman Jerry Moss). The lawsuit claims UMG is using ”strong-arm and monopolistic tactics” to keep Garbage on the hook. A UMG spokesman calls the suit ”meritless.” … Former Survivor Stacey Stillman, 27, is suing CBS and exec producer Mark Burnett for unspecified damages. Stillman, the perky lawyer who was last year’s third castoff, alleges in a suit filed Feb. 5 in San Francisco that Burnett convinced the Tagi tribe to eliminate her — and that he protected Navy vet Rudy Boesch because he gave good ”sound bites.” In a statement, CBS called Stillman’s claims ”groundless.”
EJECTED Founding Kiss member Peter Criss, 53, has been given the kiss-off. In a statement, the group said it was ”stoked” that ex-drummer Eric Singer (who played with the band in the early ’90s) would replace Criss for the rest of its ongoing farewell tour. Kiss didn’t explain the switch, but on their website, Criss claims Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley chose ”to terminate” the relationship … After reportedly cursing up a storm at a Feb. 4 Heat-Knicks game in Miami, Jimmy Buffett, 54, was moved from his courtside seat to a distant perch. A rep for the Parrothead pooh-bah had no comment.
DEATHS Jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson, 77, who composed music for TV’s The Mod Squad, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Feb. 4, in Indianapolis … Drummer Jesse Arreola, 31, of the Grammy-winning Tejano band Los Palominos, in a Feb. 3 bus accident, in Calhoun County, Tex … Pro pool shark ”Fast Eddie” Parker, 69, who inspired The Hustler, of a heart attack, Feb. 2, at a billiards tournament in South Padre Island, Tex … Lyricist David Heneker, 94, whose musical Irma la Douce was adapted for a 1963 Billy Wilder film starring Shirley MacLaine, of unknown causes, Jan. 30, in Wales.