Celebrity news for the week of July 13, 2007
On June 26, CNN Headline News anchorwoman Nancy Grace, 47, announced on her show that she will have twins later this year with her husband, investment banker David Linch, 48, whom she secretly married in April…. R&B singer Usher, 27, and his fiancé stylist Tameka Foster, 34, will welcome their first child together this fall…. Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon (NYPD Blue), 40, and her husband, talent agent Michael Nilon, are expecting twin boys in November.
On July 2, a spokesperson for Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses), 60, announced that the author and his wife, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, 36, will divorce after three years, citing ”her desire to end their marriage.”
Lindsay Lohan, 21, who checked into Malibu’s Promises rehab facility on May 28, plans to prolong her stay through its extended-care program. According to Promises’ website, the program is designed to help ”make the transition from residential alcohol or drug rehab treatment back into their community.”
On July 1, Princes William, 25, and Harry, 22, joined a slew of musical acts — including Duran Duran, Elton John, Lily Allen, and Nelly Furtado — at London’s Wembley Stadium to celebrate the life of Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday. Reports estimate that more than 60,000 attended the concert and 500 million around the world watched coverage on TV.
Rapper Eve, 28, pleaded no contest on June 28 to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge stemming from an arrest on April 26. She was ordered to wear an alcohol- detecting ankle bracelet for 45 days, attend at least 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and spend three years on informal probation.
World Wrestling Entertainment star Chris Benoit, 40, his wife Nancy, 43, and their son Daniel, 7, were found dead inside their Fayetteville, Ga., home on June 25 in what police are saying was an apparent murder-suicide. According to authorities, the wrestler asphyxiated Nancy and Daniel before hanging himself. Federal investigators have not determined a possible motive, but they report that steroids were found at the scene. Investigators also claim that over the last year, Benoit’s doctor, Phil Astin, routinely prescribed approximately 10 times the normal amount of steroids to the wrestler. Astin’s lawyer did not return calls for comment. At press time, no charges had been filed…. Hank Medress, 68, singer for the Tokens, whose doo-wop vocals are included on the 1961 hit version of ”The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” of lung cancer, June 18, in NYC…. Designer Liz Claiborne, 78, of cancer, June 26, in NYC…. Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang, 59, who won the Cannes director prize for Yi Yi in 2000, of colon cancer, June 29, in Beverly Hills. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen and Tanner Stransky
Legacy: Joel Siegel (1943-2007)
The frank film critic known for his pithy reviews on Good Morning America, Siegel, 63, died in NYC on June 29 after a decade-long battle with colon cancer. He is survived by wife Ena Swansea and their 9-year-old son Dylan. ”Film critic may have been his job description,” said GMA host Diane Sawyer in a statement, ”[but] what he really did was tell us about the wonder and heartbreak of life. He was…completely in love with every new day.” — Tanner Stransky
Marshall and the Law
On June 20, Deborah Novak and John Witek sued the makers of We Are Marshall, including Warner Bros. and director McG, for $40 million. The duo — who created the 2000 documentary Ashes to Glory — claim that their award-winning film served as a basis for the 2006 feature starring Matthew McConaughey. Both movies tell the story of the Marshall University football team, which lost 36 members and almost all of its coaching staff after a 1970 plane crash. Novak and Witek also claim the producers never fulfilled their promise of onscreen credits and compensation for their involvement in the project. McG did not return calls for comment. — Adam Markovitz