Mr. Blackwell's death and Madonna and Guy Ritchie's split made news the week of October 20, 2008
Swept Away no more: Madonna, 50, and director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla), 40, are divorcing after nearly eight years of marriage. They have two sons, Rocco, 8, and David, 3. (She also has a daughter, Lourdes, 12, with ex-flame Carlos Leon, 42.) This past summer, the singer was hit with rumors of a fling with baseball player Alex Rodriguez, 33 (which she denied)…. On Oct. 15, David Duchovny, 48, and Téa Leoni, 42, announced their separation. They’ve been married for 11 years and have two kids. Californication star Duchovny recently finished a stint in rehab for sex addiction.
Desperate Housewives‘ Gale Harold, 39, is in ”critical but improving” condition after an Oct. 14 motorcycle accident. Harold plays Teri Hatcher’s beau, Jackson, on the ABC hit.
Thanks to a deadlocked jury, Britney Spears, 26, won’t be punished for a 2007 fender bender. On Oct. 21, an L.A. judge declared a mistrial in her driving-without-a-license case…. Speaking of stars and cars, on Oct. 14 in Santa Monica, three men filed a suit against Lindsay Lohan, 22. They say their lives were endangered on July 23, 2007, when Lohan hijacked their SUV. She then drove to a police station and was arrested for DUI and drug possession.
Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs, 72, who harmonized with the Motown quartet on hits like ”Reach Out I’ll Be There,” died of natural causes, Oct. 17, in his Detroit home. He’s also remembered as the singing, man-eating plant Audrey II in 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors film. ”He was as nice a gentleman as he was ferocious a performer,” recalls Little Shop composer Alan Menken…. Soap opera writer James E. Reilly (Days of Our Lives), 60, passed away while recovering from cardiac surgery, Oct. 12, in NYC. The creator of the supernatural sudser Passions told EW in 2004: ”I want people to come on a ride. I want someone to say, ‘You’ve entertained me. I don’t regret giving one hour of my life every day to you.”’…Tony winner Edie Adams (Li’l Abner), 81, died of pneumonia, Oct. 16, West Hills, Calif…. Dee Dee Warwick, 63 — 1960s soul singer (”Foolish Fool”) and sister to Dionne — passed away of undisclosed causes, Oct. 18, in South Orange, N.J…. Comic Rudy Ray Moore, 81, who starred in such blaxploitation films as Dolemite, died of diabetes, Oct. 19, in Akron, Ohio. — with additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Mr. Blackwell (1922 – 2008)
He made his name zinging Hollywood’s sartorial flops in an annual ”worst dressed” list. But during four decades in fashion, designer and critic Mr. Blackwell (né Richard Selzer), who died Oct. 19 in L.A. of complications from an intestinal infection, never went out of style. After stints as an actor and agent, Blackwell found his calling dressing up celebs for events (Peggy Lee and Nancy Reagan were fans) and dressing them down for missteps. He recently dubbed Amy Winehouse ”part ’50s carhop horror” and Jessica Simpson ”a global fashion curse.” Says actress and pal Jo Anne Worley: ”Every time I’d see him, it would make me smile — and be very concerned about what I was wearing.” — Adam Markovitz