A Montana judge decided on May 26 that Patricia Shannon, 64, who claimed that for 29 years she had been the secret paramour of Charles Kuralt, does not have a valid right to the late CBS newsman's fishing retreat in the state. A letter that Kuralt penned in 1989 gave the property to Shannon, but the judge ruled that a will drawn up in 1994 superseded it, leaving the real estate to Suzanna, Kuralt's wife of 35 years, and his children.
After a four-month separation, country singer Alan Jackson, 39, and wife Denise, 38, have patched things up, according to a statement released by the couple on May 27. The high school sweethearts married in 1979 and have three girls.
Law and Order
The Late Show's David Letterman, 51, was pulled over for driving 38 mph in a 25-mph zone on May 23 in Darby, Mont, (pop. 800). Although the state has no posted daytime speed limit on its highways, municipalities do. Letterman, who has a history of being clocked at high velocities, paid the $50 fine and, uh, sped away.
Journalist Belissa Cohen, 39, filed a civil suit against Courtney Love, 33, on May 28 in L.A., alleging assault and battery and seeking unspecified damages. Cohen says that after she snapped Love's picture at a fashion show on April 25, the singer charged her, kneed her, pulled her hair and smacked her face. Love plans a vigorous legal defense.
Seventies supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, 50, married yoga guru Rod Stryker, 40, on May 30 in L.A. It's her fourth try at matrimony and his first.
Drs. Deborah and Sunil Eappen welcomed a son, Kevin (7 lbs. 8 ozs.), on May 25 in Boston. Last year a jury convicted the couple's English au pair, Louise Woodward, 20, of the second-degree murder of their younger son, Matthew, 8 months, but a judge later reduced the conviction to man-slaughter. The case is on appeal....
Mitch Pileggi, 46, The X-Files' Skinner, and wife Arlene, 31, greeted their first child on May 24 in Vancouver. Daughter Sawyer weighed 6 lbs. 13 ozs.
To the Top
On May 27, college instructor Tom Whittaker, who turns 50 on June 9, became the first amputee to scale Mount Everest. He had twice before attempted the climb (in '89 and '95) after losing his right foot in a 1979 automobile accident.
Manhattan cops nabbed Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland, 30, on June 1, shortly after he allegedly bought $100 worth of heroin. The musician, who has been in and out of rehab more than a dozen times, was last arrested for buying dope in 1995, but that charge was dismissed after a stint in one of those rehabs. He now faces charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass.
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, 24, unable to win immunity from independent counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation of President Clinton, said hasta la vista on June 2 in Washington, D.C., to William Ginsburg, the L.A. medical malpractice attorney who has represented her since January. The same day, she retained two savvy Beltway insiders, criminal defense lawyers Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris.