Celebrity news for the week of September 21, 2007
Actress Jeri Ryan (Shark), 39, and her husband, chef Christophe Émé, 37, will greet their first child in March. Ryan has a 12-year-old son, Alex, from a previous marriage.
Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast), 63, married Brazilian actress Daniela Lavender, 32, on Sept. 3 in Oxfordshire, England. It is Kingsley’s fourth marriage, Lavender’s second…. Country singer Joe Nichols and pharmaceutical representative Heather Singleton, both 30, tied the knot on Sept. 9 in Savannah.
Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, 35, filed for divorce from La’Shaundya ”Shaunie” Nelson O’Neal, his wife of nearly five years, on Sept. 4 in Miami…. The Office star Jenna Fischer, 33, and her husband, writer-director James Gunn (Slither), 37, separated after six years of marriage on Sept. 5 in L.A.
High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens, 18, issued a public apology to her fans on Sept. 7 after nude pictures of the actress surfaced on the Internet last week. ”I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos,” Hudgens said in a statement. The Walt Disney Co. says it continues to stand behind the teen star. ”We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson,” said a spokesperson for the company.
On Sept. 4, Jude Law (Sleuth), 34, voluntarily turned himself in to police after allegedly assaulting a photographer outside his home in London. Law was released on bail pending further inquiries and has been ordered to report to a London police station in October to learn the status of his case. A representative for the actor said that Law denies all allegations…. Paris Hilton, 26, sued greeting-card giant Hallmark on Sept. 7 in L.A., claiming that the company used her image without permission and invaded her privacy by putting her picture and trademarked signature phrase, ”That’s hot,” on a card. A rep for Hallmark denied that the company had ”violated any of Ms. Hilton’s rights.”… Rapper Foxy Brown (née Inga Marchand), 29, was sentenced to one year in jail on Sept. 7 in NYC for violating the terms of the probation she had received for assaulting two manicurists in 2004. Probation officials complained that Brown had left New York City without permission, had stopped going to anger management therapy, and had failed to check in with her probation officer…. Days of Our Lives‘ Kirsten Storms, 17, was arrested for suspicion of DUI on Sept. 7 in L.A. Storms was pulled over for littering, but officers administered a field sobriety test after smelling alcohol in the vehicle. A representative for the actress did not return calls for comment…. On Sept. 10, the long-delayed child-pornography trial of singer R. Kelly, 40, inched closer to the courtroom when Judge Vincent Gaughan set a pretrial hearing for Sept. 28 in Chicago. The announcement of the hearing — which has to do with pending motions, including one on an expert witness — came six days after Gaughan officially postponed the trial, originally set for Sept. 17. Kelly was indicted in June 2002 for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a minor. The singer maintains his innocence.
French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Science of Sleep), 36, underwent surgery to remove a small blood clot under her skull on Sept. 6 in Paris. The injury stemmed from a waterskiing accident in August. Gainsbourg returned home on Sept. 11 and is expected to make a full recovery.
Costume designer Jerry Bono (Star Trek: The Next Generation), 65, of undisclosed causes, Aug. 31, in Sherman Oaks, Calif…. Oscar-winning actress Miyoshi Umeki (Sayonara), 78, of complications from cancer, Aug. 28, in Licking, Mo…. Actress Marcia Mae Jones (The Way We Were), 83, of complications resulting from pneumonia, Sept. 2, in Woodland Hills, Calif…. Jazz keyboardist and Weather Report cofounder Joe Zawinul, 75, of undisclosed causes, Sept. 11, in Vienna…. Director-producer Robert Enders (Stevie), in his 80s, of natural causes, Sept. 7, in L.A. — Additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007)
Her books — including the 1962 children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time — deftly combined sci-fi, quantum theory, and keen human drama. L’Engle, who died at age 88 on Sept. 6 of natural causes in Litchfield, Conn., ”had a beautiful understanding of the world,” says A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), ”and an unerring sense of how the ordinary and the fantastic could collide at any moment.” — Leah Greenblatt
Emmy’s First Wave
Kathy Griffin can kiss the D-List goodbye: ”I’m a big, fancy Emmy winner!” the razor-tongued comedian crowed to EW after snagging a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy for her self-deprecating Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at the Sept. 8 ceremony. ”I’m the little engine that did, goddamn it!” Other notable first-timers also took home statuettes: Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg won for the viral Saturday Night Live humdinger ”D— in a Box,” while John Goodman — who was nominated seven times for Roseanne but never won — finally scored for his guest role as a judge on the NBC flameout drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. — Tanner Stransky
The Boy Who Beat Bond
James Bond might need a martini when he hears this: the Harry Potter movies have officially passed the superspy’s series as the highest-grossing film franchise in history. (Of course, that’s only if you don’t adjust Bond grosses for inflation.) The teen wizard’s adventures — including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is still in theaters — have netted $4.47 billion worldwide since 2001, besting Bond’s cumulative total of $4.44 billion since 1962. And Harry’s got two more shots to make box office magic: Half-Blood Prince is set for release in November of next year, and Deathly Hallows will cap the series in 2010. Butterbeers all around! — Adam Markovitz