Plus Steven Spielberg, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and more celebrities making news the week of April 27, 2001
ENGAGED Zoinks! Scooby-Doo stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, 24, and Freddie Prinze Jr., 25, announced their engagement April 13. This will be the first marriage for both…. Minnie Driver (Beautiful), 31, and Josh Brolin (Hollow Man), 33, are also planning to get hitched. Brolin was previously wed to actress Alice Adair (Beverly Hills Cop II).
SPLITS Donya Fiorentino Oldman, 34, filed for divorce April 13 from her husband of four years, The Contender‘s Gary Oldman, 43, in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. She seeks joint custody of their kids, Gulliver, 3, and Charlie, 2…. After four years of marriage, and just three months after the birth of daughter Frankie Jean, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, 42, filed for divorce from ex-Baywatch babe Donna D’Errico, 32, citing irreconcilable differences.
AILING Soon after accepting an offer he couldn’t refuse — a reported $2 million for Scary Movie 2 — Marlon Brando, 77, was admitted to an L.A. hospital with pneumonia. A Scary publicist said he was released and will shoot his cameo this month.
DEALS Veteran Hollywood exec Terry Semel, 58, who ended an 18-year run as cochair of Warner Bros. in 1999, was named CEO of Yahoo! on April 17. He replaces Tim Koogle, 49, at the once-lofty Internet media giant, whose stock has plummeted 93 percent since January 2000.
ANNOUNCEMENTS On April 16, director Steven Spielberg, 54, declined to accept another term on the Boy Scouts of America’s Advisory Board, ending a nearly 10-year stint. In a statement, he cited the group’s ”intolerance and discrimination” toward gays and others. A Scouts spokesman says they ”respect his wishes.”… In an April 10 statement, Carol Dennis, a former backup singer for Grammy- and Oscar-winning folkie Bob Dylan, 59, confirmed that she was secretly married to him from 1986 to 1992 — and that they have a child, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, now 15. Dylan’s camp had no comment.
ARRESTS On April 15, The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, 40, was arrested at Burbank Airport after security agents allegedly found illegal mushrooms in his carry-on bag and what a police spokesman termed ”other items,” which were seized as evidence. Sorkin, who reportedly fainted when officers searched his bag, was booked on suspicion of drug possession and released after posting a $10,000 bond. He faces arraignment April 30. In a statement, Sorkin said he was ”prepared to proceed as directed.” Sorkin had previously gone public with his drug-abuse battles; he and Wing stars John Spencer and Martin Sheen were honored by Phoenix House in February for overcoming substance problems and making a positive impact with their work…. Hip-hop honcho Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs, 31, was arrested April 14 in Miami on a misdemeanor charge of driving a scooter with a suspended license. He could face a $500 fine. His publicist had no comment…. Grammy winner Jay-Z (a.k.a. Shawn Carter), 31, was arrested April 13 outside the Manhattan club Exit and charged with criminal possession of a gun, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years. The rapper’s lawyer says his client isn’t guilty…. After tangling with locals April 12 at the Firebelly Lounge in Wilmington, N.C., Steve Buscemi (28 Days), 43, was treated for stab wounds to the face and arms; local student Timothy William Fogerty, 21, was charged with felony assault. In the brawl Vince Vaughn (Swingers), 31, was arrested for misdemeanor assault. The actors were in town shooting John Travolta’s Domestic Disturbance. Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg (Spider-Man), 37, and at least one local man were also cuffed on misdemeanor assault charges. A film rep says shooting wasn’t delayed; Buscemi went home to New York to recuperate but was slated to return soon.
DEATHS Italian filmmaker Giacomo Gentilomo (The Accusation), 92, of unknown causes, April 16, in Rome…. Punk pioneer Joey Ramone, 49, of lymphatic cancer, April 15, in New York City. (See Legacy on page 116.)… Broadway star Josephine Premice, 74, who played Louise’s sister on TV’s The Jeffersons, of emphysema, April 13, in Manhattan…. Actor Sid Newman, 81, who played the cue-card holder on The Larry Sanders Show, of heart failure, April 10, in L.A…. Actress Nyree Dawn Porter (BBC’s The Forsyte Saga), 61, of unknown causes, April 10, in London…. Actress Beatrice Straight, 86, who won a Tony in 1953 for the original production of The Crucible and a supporting actress Oscar for 1976’s Network, of pneumonia, April 7, in L.A…. Larry Tucker, 67, who cowrote 1969’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and produced TV’s The Monkees, of complications from multiple sclerosis and cancer, April 1, in L.A…. Actor Sully Boyar (Dog Day Afternoon), 77, who played Carmela’s therapist on The Sopranos, of a heart attack, March 23, in Queens, N.Y.