Celebrity news for the week of August 25, 2006
Today show’s Matt Lauer, 48, and wife Annette Roque, 40, are expecting a third child…. Bryce Dallas Howard (Lady in the Water), 25, will welcome her first child this winter with actor Seth Gabel, 24, whom she wed in June.
Rapper Kanye West, 29, reportedly popped the question to longtime girlfriend Alexis.
Actress Kate Hudson, 27, is separating from her spouse, Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson, 39. They have been married for nearly six years…. On Aug. 10, Carmen Electra, 34, filed for divorce from her husband of almost three years, guitarist Dave Navarro, 39.
Jamie Gold, 36, a former agent who worked with actors like Felicity Huffman and James Gandolfini in the ’90s, took home the $12 million pot on Aug. 11 at Las Vegas’ World Series of Poker.
Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass (The Tin Drum), 78, admitted he was drafted into the Nazis’ Waffen SS elite force during WWII. Long known as a pacifist, Grass insists his enlistment wasn’t voluntary.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), 44, was arrested Aug. 11 in L.A. on suspicion of domestic violence against his girlfriend. He was later released, and no charges have been filed at this time. Says his rep: ”There was a misunderstanding, that’s all.”…. The divorce proceedings of feuding exes Charlie Sheen, 40, and Denise Richards, 35, ended amicably in L.A. on Aug. 14. Lawyers declined to elaborate on the terms of the agreement…. Stephen Kolodny, lawyer to Lisa Kerkorian (ex-wife of onetime MGM titan Kirk Kerkorian), filed suit on Aug. 9 against two of the billionaire’s lawyers, Terry Christensen and Dennis Wasser, and scandal-embroiled PI Anthony Pellicano. The claim: that Christensen and Wasser hired Pellicano to illegally tap Kolodny’s phone during the Kerkorian divorce proceedings. Kolodny is seeking unspecified damages. Says a partner from Christensen’s firm: ”This lawsuit is totally without merit.” Neither Wasser nor Pellicano’s rep returned calls for comment.
After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams, 55, is seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. According to his rep, the actor ”has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family.”
Actress Lois January, 93, most famous for her role as Emerald City’s salon operator in The Wizard of Oz, of complications from Alzheimer’s, Aug. 7, in L.A…. John Alderson, 90, a longtime character actor in small- and big-screen Westerns (like TV’s Maverick), of natural causes, Aug. 4, in Woodland Hills, Calif…. Swiss film director Daniel Schmid (Tosca’s Kiss), 64, of cancer, Aug. 6, in Flims, Switzerland.
Mike Douglas 1925-2006
The Mike Douglas Show (syndicated, 1963-82) ushered in the feel-good daytime talk show. Without Douglas, who died Aug. 11 at age 81, there’d be no Oprah, no Ellen, no Tony Danza (hey, Mike sang on his show too — and he had hit singles!). Douglas warmly welcomed everyone, from John and Yoko to Malcolm X to a then-2-year-old golf prodigy, Tiger Woods. ”He was a kind and gentle man,” says Rosie O’Donnell. ”I have fond memories of watching him on his show when I was a little girl.” —Ken Tucker