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Melanie Griffith, 52, has checked into the rehabilitation clinic Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah. "She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy," the actress's rep said Aug. 24. "This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago." Griffith underwent treatment in 1988 for alcohol addiction and again in 2000 for a dependency on painkillers that were prescribed to her after she sustained a neck injury.
Actor Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited), 29, wed his girlfriend of three years, Brady Cunningham, a clothing designer, in "a very small ceremony" at their home near L.A. July 11, the couple revealed Aug. 19.
Illusionist David Copperfield, 52, has been sued by a young woman, two years after she claimed he sexually assaulted her on his private island in the Bahamas. The former beauty pageant contestant says Copperfield sexually abused her and threatened to kill her in 2007, months after she met him at one of his performances. The magician counters that "nothing of the sort ever happened," adding, "this lawsuit is extortion for money, plain and simple." • Actress Claire Forlani, 37, was sued for libel in L.A. Aug. 20 by an art dealer who claims she ruined his reputation by telling acquaintances in a mass e-mail that he sold her fake works and overcharged her. Paul Rusconi, 43, is seeking at least $25 million in damages from the former CSI: NY star, whose attorney has called the suit "absurd."
Don Hewitt (inset), 86, who invented the TV newsmagazine by creating 60 Minutes in 1968, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 19. Starting at CBS in 1948, he went on to produce and direct coverage of the first televised presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, in 1960, for all three networks. Three years later, he began overseeing the nightly broadcast with legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite. "[Hewitt] was probably the greatest news producer in television," said Barbara Walters. "He was original, creative, far-seeing and had an amazing gut instinct." • Virginia Davis, 90, who predated Mickey Mouse to become Walt Disney's first star, died at her home in Corona, Calif., Aug. 15. In 1923, at age 4, she appeared in the silent short film Alice's Wonderland. She later worked as a magazine editor, interior decorator and real estate agent.
After her muscular physique sparked questions about her gender following a first-place finish in the women's 800 meters at the world championships in Berlin on Aug. 19, South African track star Caster Semenya, 18, is undergoing testing to confirm her eligibility to race as a woman. The tests are complex procedures involving doctors, scientists and psychologists. Kobus van der Walt, director of sports at the University of Pretoria, tells PEOPLE, "We have never doubted her gender."
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