Kate Winslet's Marriage Sinks
BIRTHS On Aug. 25, TV funnyman Christopher Titus, 36, and his nursing-student wife, Erin, 36, welcomed their first child, 7-pound 6-ounce daughter Kennie Marie—named for his dad.
WEDDINGS Sometime sapphic siren and author Anne Heche, 32, and cameraman Coleman Laffoon, 27, exchanged vows Sept. 1 in L.A. This is the first marriage for both; they met last summer when Laffoon shot the comedy tour of Heche’s then paramour, Ellen DeGeneres….Oscar winner Geena Davis, 45, wed surgeon Reza Jarrahy, 30, Sept. 1 in Wainscott, N.Y. This is his first marriage, her fourth. Davis’ exes include Jeff Goldblum and director Renny Harlin….On Sept. 1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Nicholas Brendon, 30, wed actress/writer Tressa Di Figlia (Piñata), 30. It’s the first marriage for both.
SPLITS On Sept. 3, Titanic actress Kate Winslet, 25, announced her separation from hubby of nearly three years, assistant director Jim Threapleton (The Mummy), 27. The couple has a 10-month-old daughter, Mia.
AILING Bob Hope, 98, was admitted to a Burbank hospital Aug. 26 and diagnosed with mild pneumonia. At press time, the comic was in stable condition.
COURTS Who’s in the doghouse now, mon? On Aug. 30, police in Montego Bay, Jamaica, said they would serve sum-monses to rappers Snoop Dogg (né Calvin Broadus), 28, and Ja Rule (né Jeff Atkins), 25, on misdemeanor profanity charges following their on-stage antics at last month’s Sumfest. Spokeswomen for both did not return calls.
DEATHS Film critic Pauline Kael, 82, of undisclosed causes, Sept. 3, in Great Barrington, Mass…. Onetime matinee idol Troy Donahue, 65, of a heart attack, Sept. 2, in Santa Monica. Born Merle Johnson Jr., he was renamed by a Hollywood agent and starred in 1959’s A Summer Place opposite Sandra Dee. Thanks to a childhood friendship with Francis Ford Coppola, he was later cast as Talia Shire’s playboy beau (fittingly named Merle Johnson) in The Godfather Part II. Donahue’s turbulent personal life included four divorces (including one from The Bob Newhart Show‘s Suzanne Pleshette), a battle with alcoholism, and a period spent homeless in New York City’s Central Park. In recent years, he appeared in John Waters’ Cry-Baby and low-budget indie farces like Bimbo Movie Bash. ”I was shocked and heartbroken to hear of Troy’s death,” says Dee….Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence B. Marcus (The Stunt Man), 84, reportedly of complications from Parkinson’s disease, Aug. 28, in L.A….Makeup artist John Chambers, 78, whose credits include TV’s Star Trek and The Munsters and the original Planet of the Apes film, reportedly of complications from diabetes, Aug. 25, in L.A….Character actor Walter Reed, 85, who starred in scores of war films and Westerns as well as TV’s Perry Mason and Gunsmoke, of kidney failure, Aug. 20, in Santa Cruz, Calif.