Tom Cruise Settles 'Bold' Magazine Case
Plus Jennifer Grey, Mark Wahlberg, and more celebrities making news the week of Dec. 14, 2001
BIRTHS Baby had a baby! On Dec. 3, Dirty Dancer Jennifer Grey, 41, and writer husband Clark Gregg (What Lies Beneath), 37, welcomed 7 1/2-pound Stella. The couple wed in July…. On Dec. 2, R&B chanteuse Toni Braxton, 33, and her keyboard player hubby of seven months, Keri Lewis, 30, greeted their first child, 5-pound 12-ounce son Denim Cole.
WEDDINGS Funny lady Carol Burnett, 68, and orchestra administrator Brian Miller got hitched just days before her hit CBS special aired Nov. 26. This is the ear tugger’s third marriage.
COURTS Whose Calvins were in a bunch? On Nov. 30, bodyguard Leonard Taylor sued ex-boss Mark Wahlberg, 30, for $2 million, claiming the Planet of the Apes star beat and bit him Nov. 16 at a Manhattan restaurant. Wahlberg’s rep had no comment…. On Nov. 29, actor Tom Cruise, 39, settled a lawsuit against Bold magazine publisher Michael Davis, 32, who retracted his claim that he knew of a videotape in which the top gun was engaged in a ”homosexual affair.”… Saying she got no R-E-S-P-E-C-T from Star magazine, Aretha Franklin, 59, filed a $50 million libel complaint Nov. 28 against the tabloid, citing a 2000 item alleging she’s drinking herself to death. Star didn’t return calls…. On Nov. 27, actress Rebecca Gayheart (Harvard Man), 30, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor vehicular-manslaughter charge; last June in L.A. she accidentally struck and killed a 9-year-old boy with her SUV. She got three years’ probation, a year’s suspension of her license, a $2,835 fine, and 750 hours of community service. She’ll also produce a safe-driving PSA. Gayheart’s spokeswoman did not return calls…. Ex-Baywatch babe Yasmine Bleeth, 33, pleaded guilty Nov. 30 in Detroit to a charge of cocaine possession and driving while impaired following a Sept. 12 incident in Romulus, Mich. She’ll serve two years’ probation and submit to drug screenings. Her rep didn’t return calls…. The Walt Disney Co. recently settled a suit filed by While You Were Sleeping producers Steven Barron and Elaine Johnson, who sought more profits from the film. Terms were not disclosed.
DEATHS Oscar-winning costume designer Danilo Donati (1968’s Romeo and Juliet, 1976’s Fellini’s Casanova), 75, of undisclosed causes, Dec. 1, in Rome…. TV exec Thomas Tannenbaum, 69, who helped develop Kojak and Matlock, of cardiopulmonary failure, Dec. 1, in L.A…. Author John Knowles (A Separate Peace), 75, of undisclosed causes, Nov. 29, in Fort Lauderdale… Songwriter Kal Mann (Elvis Presley’s ”Teddy Bear”), 84, of Alzheimer’s disease, Nov. 29, in Pompano Beach, Fla…. Low-budget-Western director Budd Boetticher (The Cimarron Kid), 85, of undisclosed causes, Nov. 29, in Ramona, Calif…. Composer Ralph Burns, 79, who won Oscars for scoring Cabaret and All That Jazz, of complications from a stroke, Nov. 21, in L.A…. London’s Daily Telegraph reported the death of Brit actress Rachel Gurney (Upstairs Downstairs), 81. Details could not be confirmed.