WEDDINGS On July 21, actress Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), 41, wed actor and What Lies Beneath scribe Clark Gregg, 36 — the first marriage for both; they expect a baby in December.
AILING Four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn, 94, entered a Hartford hospital July 18 for treatment of a urinary-tract infection. Her planned July 23 release was delayed when doctors decided to monitor her walking. At press time the hospital said Hepburn had recovered but there was no new discharge date…. Headbanger’s fall: On July 19, Metallica singer James Hetfield, 37, announced he’d entered an unnamed rehab facility for treatment of ”alcohol and other addictions.” The recording of Metallica’s next album is on hold.
RECOVERING On July 17, model Niki Taylor, 26, returned to her Davie, Fla., home, leaving an Atlanta hospital where she was treated after her April car crash. (No one else was badly hurt.) She still faces extensive physical therapy, says her rep.
DEALS On July 23, the Walt Disney Co. announced it would buy Fox Family Worldwide’s holdings — including Fox Family Channel, to be renamed ABC Family — for $5.3 billion in cash and assumption of debt.
COURTS Giving ’em the ring finger: On July 18, Brad Pitt, 37, and Jennifer Aniston, 32, sued Damiani International, which last spring created their wedding bands; the pair claim the bauble maker reneged on a pledge not to use their names to market replicas of the rings — which they say Pitt designed. Two days later, a judge issued an order temporarily barring sale of the rings. Calling themselves ”perhaps the world’s most recognizable couple” in court papers, Pitt and Aniston seek $50 million in damages. Damiani denies making the agreement….It’s just like David Spade, 37, to rock the boat. The Just Shoot Me cutup was fined $177 July 18 in Peoria, Ariz., after pleading guilty to riding his Jet Ski too close to his brother’s on nearby Lake Pleasant May 6….On July 18 in Queens, N.Y., Ol’ Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell Tyrone Jones), 32, was sentenced to up to four years in prison for possession of pot and cocaine. The rapper had pleaded guilty to felony drug charges stemming from a 1999 traffic stop. His spokeswoman had no comment….On July 17, Sony Music sued the Dixie Chicks, claiming the country trio had illegally ended their contract in a spat over royalties. Sony says it’s already renegotiated to up the ante for the band, which it claims owes five more albums. The Chicks had no comment.
DEATHS Author Eudora Welty, 92, of pneumonia, July 23, in Jackson, Miss. (See Legacy, page 19.)…Circus-animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams, 66, of cancer, July 19, in Venice, Fla…. Singer Mimi Farina, 56, a player in the ’60s folk scene and the sister of Joan Baez, of cancer, July 18, in Mill Valley, Calif. She’s profiled in Positively 4th Street, by former EW general editor David Hajdu….Lauded stage actor Scott Merrill (1954’s The Threepenny Opera), 82, of cancer, June 28, in Branford, Conn.