BIRTHS Michael J. Fox, 40, and actress wife Tracy Pollan, 41, strengthened their family ties Nov. 3, welcoming 7-pound 6-ounce daughter Esme Annabelle in New York City. She joins a brother, Sam, 12, and twin sisters Schuyler and Aquinnah, 6.
EXPECTING Don Johnson, 51, will soon be awash in pastels again. He and ex-teacher wife Kelley Phleger, 33, will greet their second child in June. Daughter Atherton Grace is almost 2. Johnson has two other kids from previous relationships.
SPLITS On Nov. 4, Louisiana waitress Krista Stegall, 28, told EW she’s broken her engagement to fellow Big Brother 2 contestant Mike ”Boogie” Malin, 30, a California bar owner. Stegall was miffed by Malin’s last-minute decision not to compete in CBS’ Amazing Race 2, for which she claims they were candidates. (CBS confirms there’d been ”conversations” about the couple’s casting.) ”Mike’s a great guy,” she says, ”but it’s not the same as it was in the house.” Malin says Stegall was irked by his new film-and-TV-writing partnership with cagey BB2 champ Will Kirby, 28.
COURTS Is that a lightsaber in your pocket, or are you just happy to sue me? On Oct. 26, George Lucas’ Lucasfilm sued Media Market Group, claiming its X-rated cartoon Star Ballz — with characters like Wank Solo — violates his Star Wars copyright. He seeks to ban the film’s distribution, as well as unspecified damages. Media Market couldn’t be reached for comment…. Well, fiddle-dee-dee! On Oct. 29, heirs of Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick sued Turner Entertainment (a division of EW parent AOL Time Warner), claiming it owes them $10 million of the 1939 classic’s profits. Reps for Turner didn’t return calls.
AILING On Nov. 2, Garbage drummer and veteran record producer Butch Vig (Nirvana’s Nevermind), 46, said on the Garbage website that he’s got hepatitis A. He left the band’s European tour to mend. Vig expects to fully recover, says a band rep.
DEATHS Writer Anthony Shaffer, 75, who turned his Broadway thriller Sleuth into a 1972 hit movie, reportedly of a heart attack, Nov. 6, in London. Shaffer — whose twin brother, Peter, wrote Equus and Amadeus — also penned Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 film Frenzy…. Writer JP Miller, 81, who won an Emmy in 1969 for his CBS Playhouse production of The People Next Door, of pneumonia, Nov. 1, in Flemington, N.J. He also wrote CBS’ 1976 miniseries Helter Skelter, and adapted his teleplay Days of Wine and Roses for the big screen in 1962…. Novelist Richard Martin Stern, 86, whose The Tower inspired 1974’s Oscar-winning The Towering Inferno, of undisclosed causes, Oct. 31, in Santa Fe…. Hollywood publicist John Springer, 85, who guarded the secrets of clients like Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, of congestive heart failure, Oct. 30, in Manhattan…. John Roberts, 56, who borrowed $1.8 million against his trust fund to coproduce 1969’s Woodstock, of cancer, Oct. 27, in New York City.