Richard Wright's death and Sarah Silverman's Creative Arts Emmy win made news the week of September 15, 2008
Sarah Silverman, 37, and Cynthia Nixon, 42, were among the winners at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 13 in L.A. Silverman’s song and video ”I’m F—ing Matt Damon” took the Original Music and Lyrics trophy, while Nixon — named best supporting actress in 2004 for Sex and the City — was rewarded for her guest stint as a mentally ill woman on Law & Order: SVU.
Boxer/Dancing With the Stars alum/American Gladiators host Laila Ali, 30, has taken on a new role: mom. Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr. — her son with ex-NFL star Curtis Conway, 37 — arrived Aug. 26 in L.A…. The Biggest Loser‘s season 2 winner, Matt, 32, and finalist Suzy Hoover, 32, are parents to a second child, Jax Paul, who was born in Seattle on Sept. 11. The couple also have a 15-month-old, Rex Timothy.
He was cast aside by Tiffany Pollard, but I Love New York 2 contestant David Otunga, 28, found his Dreamgirl after all — Jennifer Hudson, 27. Otunga popped the question to the singer/Oscar winner on Sept. 12 in L.A.
On Sept. 14 in L.A., Star Trek‘s George Takei, 71, tied the knot with his partner of 21 years, Brad Altman, 54…. Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Susie Essman, 53, wed boyfriend Jim Harder, 51, in New York City on Sept. 13.
On Sept. 11 at Los Angeles International Airport, hip-hop star Kanye West, 31, was picked up on vandalism charges after he and a bodyguard smashed a paparazzo’s video camera. He was released on bail later that afternoon, and blogged about the incident the following day: ”We back in the lab!!! I’m cool with the paparazzi,” West wrote. ”This guy wasn’t cool.” He’s due in court Oct. 2.
After 11 years of marriage, Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, 40, is calling it quits with husband Ashwin Sood, 40. They have two daughters, India Ann Sushil, 6, and Taja Summer, 14 months.
On Sept. 12 in Honolulu, Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim, 40, pleaded no contest to DUI charges stemming from a 2007 arrest. The actor’s license was suspended for six months; he’ll do 72 hours of community service and pay a $500 fine. ”I’m glad I had the chance to take responsibility for my mistake,” he said in a statement.
Gregory Mcdonald, 71, who penned the nine Fletch crime novels, died of prostate cancer, Sept. 7, in Pulaski, Tenn. — with additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Richard Wright (1943-2008)
Keyboardist Wright, who died Sept. 15 after a battle with cancer, was Pink Floyd’s quiet man. But he played a crucial role in the band’s sonic explorations, and co-wrote songs like ”Us and Them” for a little album called The Dark Side of the Moon. ”We constantly use Rick Wright as a reference,” says Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. Recalls Floyd drummer Nick Mason: ”Pink Floyd’s sound is more than a guitar, bass, and drums thing. Rick knitted it all together.” — Clark Collis