Celebrity news for the week of February 17, 2006
BIRTHS The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart, 43, and wife Tracey, 38, welcomed a baby girl, Maggie Rose, on Feb. 4. The couple have a son, Nathan, 1.
WEDDINGS Glenn Close (The Shield), 58, tied the knot with biotech exec David Shaw on Feb. 3.
SPLITS Spin City‘s Heather Locklear, 44, has filed for divorce from her husband of 11 years, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, 46, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have a daughter, Ava, 8…. Kelly Clarkson, 23, and fellow singer Graham Colton, 24, have broken up. Wait, did anyone know she was dating this guy?
COURTS Former private investigator Anthony Pellicano and six other men were indicted on Feb. 1 by a California grand jury on 110 different counts, among them racketeering and wire fraud. The crimes were allegedly committed while obtaining information about several well-known figures, including Kevin Nealon and Sylvester Stallone . Pellicano’s lawyer could not be reached for comment…. Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), 44, appeared in an L.A. court on Feb. 2 after prosecutors claimed that he’d violated probation by failing a drug test on Nov. 23 and by being thrown out of rehab for arguing with another patient on Jan. 31. Sizemore’s rep refutes the charge: ”He has not violated probation at all.”… Former teen heartthrob and big-time bandanna fan Leif Garrett, 44, checked himself into a rehab facility on Jan. 30 to deal with heroin addiction after being charged with drug possession.
INVESTIGATION Police in Boca Raton, Fla., are looking into an allegation that GoodFellas star Joe Pesci, 63, punched a fan who pursued him for a picture on Jan. 22.
RECONCILED Warring neighbors Jim Belushi, 51, and former Catwoman Julie Newmar, 77, have resolved their long-standing legal battle. Belushi sued Newmar in 2004, claiming civil harassment and defamation. In a show of goodwill, Newmar will guest-star on the Feb. 21 episode of ABC’s According to Jim. Of course, some in Hollywood might consider that punishment.
RECOVERING Eight Is Enough‘s Dick Van Patten, 77, suffered a diabetic stroke on Jan. 9 in L.A., but the actor’s publicist says he is already on the mend.
DEATHS Comic-book artist Seth Fisher (Green Lantern: Willworld), 33, after falling off a roof in Japan, on Jan. 30. At press time, no other details were available…. Reuven Frank, 85, the former head of NBC News from 1968 to ’73 and ’82 to ’84, of pneumonia, on Feb. 5…. Al Lewis, 95, who played the vampiric Grandpa on TV’s The Munsters, of natural causes, on Feb. 3…. Paul Clinton, 53, a film critic for CNN, of natural causes, on Jan. 30.
LEGACY Betty Friedan, who died of congestive heart failure on her 85th birthday on Feb. 4, was as complex a feminist as the movement she helped found. The author of 1963’s The Feminine Mystique demystified Freud’s question ”What does a woman want?” Her reply: She ”wants goals of her own, outside of husband and children.”