Plus George Harrison, Forest Whitaker, and more celebrities making news the week of November 23, 2001
EXPECTING Meet the parents: Funnyman Ben Stiller, 35, and actress wife Christine Taylor, 30, will welcome their first child next year. The couple recently appeared together in the fashion spoof Zoolander…. Yeah, baby! Austin Powers paramour Elizabeth Hurley (Bedazzled), 36, and producer beau Stephen Bing (Get Carter), 35, will greet their first baby in April. Hurley split with Hugh Grant in May 2000.
WEDDINGS Andie MacDowell (Dinner With Friends), 43, wed jeweler and high school classmate Rhett Hartzog, 43, Nov. 10, in Asheville, N.C. For her second wedding, the Southern belle was given away by son Justin, 15—one of her three kids with first husband Paul Qualley, from whom she was divorced two years ago. This is Hartzog’s first marriage…. Larry Sanders Show sidekick Jeffrey Tambor, 57, wed actress Kasia Ostlun (Never Again), 33, Oct. 6, in New Orleans. This is his second marriage, her first.
AILING On Nov. 4, former Beatle George Harrison, 58, reportedly had a brief stay at a Staten Island, N.Y., hospital—and was treated for a brain tumor with a cutting-edge procedure known as stereotactic radio-surgery, in which doctors shoot a high dose of radiation at affected tissue. The hospital refused to confirm or deny his stay; attempts to reach Harrison’s spokeswoman were unsuccessful. Last summer, the ”quiet Beatle” reportedly sought tumor treatment at a Swiss clinic. Earlier, a cancerous growth was removed from one of his lungs.
ARRESTS On Nov. 3, actor Forest Whitaker (The Panic Room), 40, was arrested in L.A. for allegedly driving under the influence. A cop ”smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath,” said the arrest report. Whitaker posted $12,500 bail and will return for a preliminary hearing Dec. 5. In a statement, the actor said he regrets the incident.
COURTS Ponyboy fights the power! On Nov. 6 in Van Nuys, Calif., ’80s teen dream C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), 34, was found innocent of five misdemeanor counts, including assault with a deadly weapon. Skateboarder Shawn C. Burgess, 20, had alleged that the actor hit him with his pick-up truck, drove away, and returned to threaten him with a hammer.
DEATHS Influential fashion journalist Carrie Donovan, 73, of undisclosed causes, Nov. 12, in New York City. Known for her oversize black glasses, pearls, and Chanel cuffs, Donovan edited fashion pages for The New York Times, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, drawing attention to designers like Donna Karan and Paloma Picasso. In 1997, she came out of semiretirement to star in the first of 44 quirky spots for Old Navy.