BIRTHS The re-Producers: On Oct. 28, Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker, 37, and Broadway-vet hubby Matthew Broderick, 40, welcomed their first child, a 6-pound 8-ounce boy. Her rep denies reports that his name is David Perkins Broderick.
EXPECTING Actor Dennis Hopper, 66, and horse-trainer wife Victoria Duffy, 34, expect their first child in April. He has three kids from previous marriages; she’ll be a first-time mom.
WEDDINGS Popster Jessica Simpson, 22, and 98[degrees] singer Nick Lachey, 29, tied the knot Oct. 26 in her home state of Texas. It’s the first marriage for both.
COURTS On Oct. 17, an L.A. court granted Steven Spielberg, 55, a restraining order against San Diego resident Diana Louisa Napolis, 47, who allegedly stalked the director and suggested that he had a mind-controlling microchip implanted in her brain. Says Napolis: ”[Spielberg] marched into court and…accused me of things I never said.”… A Michigan court of appeals overturned a 1999 $29.3 million wrongful-death ruling against producers of The Jenny Jones Show. The decision stems from the 1995 murder of Scott Amedure, who was gunned down by Jonathan Schmitz shortly after Amedure revealed his ”secret crush” on Schmitz during a Jones segment that never aired. (Schmitz is serving a 25- to 50-year prison term.) The court said the Amedures can’t hold the show responsible…. On Oct. 23, Reba scribe Gary H. Miller, 54, sued The WB network and 20th Century Fox Television for unspecified damages. He says he was fired for being too old. Fox and The WB (a division of EW parent AOL Time Warner) had no comment…. On Oct. 28, publicist David Granoff sued his ex-client, verite vamp Anna Nicole Smith, 34, and her lawyer, Howard K. Stern. Granoff wants to recover $155,000 for unpaid services and $25 million for ”emotional distress” and ”economic loss” as a result of being squeezed out in September. Stern, speaking for himself and Smith, responds: ”Anybody can file a lawsuit and send it to the media.”
FIRES In the early hours of Oct. 25, flames destroyed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s 5,000-square-foot house in Bloomfield Township, Mich. No one was home at the time.
DEATHS Director Andre De Toth (1948’s Pitfall), 89, of an aneurysm, Oct. 27, in Burbank, Calif. His 1953 thriller House of Wax was among the first 3-D films released by a major studio…. Grammy-winning producer Tom Dowd, 77, who worked with such artists as John Coltrane and the Allman Brothers, of heart failure, Oct. 27, in Aventura, Fla…. Prolific Broadway wordsmith Adolph Green, 86, of unspecified causes, Oct. 23, in New York City (which he famously dubbed ”a helluva town”). He and partner in rhyme Betty Comden, 87, penned lyrics for such hits as 1944’s On the Town and 1956’s Bells Are Ringing — and the screenplay for 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain. Daughter Amanda says he was gracious to fans: ”If you asked him to sing a song, he’d stop in the middle of the street and belt it out.” — Jennifer Armstrong, with additional reporting by Melissa Rose Bernardo