Celebrity news for the week of May 14, 2004
ENGAGEMENTS Donald Trump, 57, proposed to model girlfriend Melania Knauss, 33, April 26 in NYC. It will be his third marriage, her first…. Former 90210-er Jason Priestley, 34, popped the question to makeup artist Naomi Lowde. It will be his second marriage.
BIRTHS Dixie Chick Martie Maguire, 34, and her hubby Gareth, 29, welcomed twin girls, Eva Ruth and Kathleen Emilie, April 27.
SPLITS Actor Keenen Ivory Wayans, 45, filed for divorce April 30 from his wife of three years, Daphne. The couple seeks joint custody of their five kids…. On April 26, actress Deborah Falconer, 38, filed for divorce from actor Robert Downey Jr., 39. The couple, who were married for more than 10 years, have a son, Indio, 10. Downey is engaged to producer Susan Levin, 30.
UPDATE The Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation has confirmed that two more porn stars have tested positive for HIV, including ”Jessica Dee,” 26, who had worked with infected actor Darren James. The San Fernando Valley-based industry has called a halt to production for 60 days.
CANCELLATIONS Yes, words can bring her down. Due to a strained voice, Christina Aguilera (left), 23, called off her 28-city summer tour.
HIRED Kevin Reilly was named NBC Entertainment president on May 3, replacing Jeff Zucker, who is relocating to NYC to oversee the net’s entertainment, news, and cable group. Reilly, who began his career at NBC more than 15 years ago, returns to the Peacock after stints at FX and Brillstein-Grey entertainment.
COURTS Austin prosecutors dropped a month-old misdemeanor charge May 1 against Alamo star Jason Patric, 37, for public intoxication and resisting arrest. In a statement, the actor said he’s ”considering his next steps regarding his treatment.”… On April 30, Michael Jackson, 45, pleaded innocent to a slew of new accusations in his child molestation case, including a conspiracy charge widely believed to be an attempt by officials to get Jackson’s aides to turn against him. Meanwhile, investigators in New Jersey seized evidence in early April from a private memorabilia collection, including a pair of Jacko’s briefs…. Record companies, including Sony Music, Warner, Universal, EMI, and BMG, have agreed to pay approximately $50 million in royalties to thousands of musicians after a two-year investigation by the New York state attorney general’s office found poor record keeping had prevented royalties from being paid. According to the settlement, if the companies can’t track down musicians or their families, the money will be held temporarily by the state.
DEATHS Emmy-winning actor Albert Paulsen (The Manchurian Candidate), 78, of Alzheimer’s complications, April 25, in L.A…. Disney animator Harry Holt (Lady and the Tramp, left), 93, April 14, in Casselberry, Fla…. Character actor Johnny Mann, 73, who appeared on such soaps as Days of Our Lives, of complications from cancer, April 26, in Cathedral City, Calif…. AMPAS administrator Richard Wilson, 46, keeper of the Oscar statuettes, of an apparent heart attack, April 23, in West Hollywood…. Casting director Mary Selway (Return of the Jedi), 68, of cancer, April 21, in London…. John D. Hess, 85, who wrote for one of the earliest soaps, Love of Life, of lung cancer, April 15, in New Hope, Pa…. Oscar-and Emmy-winning composer Fred Karlin, 67, reportedly of cancer, March 26, in Culver City, Calif.