Director Arthur Lubin, 96, who, between his Francis the Talking Mule movies and his Mr. Ed TV series, pretty much had a lock on the gabby equine franchise, died on May 11 in Glendale, Calif., of complications from a stroke. In 1949, Lubin turned a novel about a loquacious Army mule into Francis, a low-budget film that became a huge success. He directed five sequels and, in 1961, brought Mr. Ed to TV....
British stage actor Eric Porter, 67, who played Soames Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, the BBC series that became a U.S. hit via public TV in 1969, died on May 15 of cancer in London....
Girvies Davis, 37, the convicted murderer who campaigned for clemency on the Internet (PEOPLE, May 22), was executed by lethal injection on May 17 at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, Ill. He was sentenced to death in 1980 for murdering an elderly man during a robbery.
Wings' Steven Weber, 34, is now engaged to MTV's Los Angeles bureau chief Juliette Hohnen, 29. No date yet, but they plan to wed in Hohnen's native England. Her pal, actress Amanda Donohoe, has signed on as maid of honor. This will be the actor's second marriage and Hohnen's first.
It's a second son for rocker John Mellencamp, 43, and his wife, model Elaine Irwin, 25, who welcomed Speck Wildhorse (7 lbs., 15 ozs.) on April 23 in Bloomington, Ind. (Speck was Mellencamp's grandfather's nickname.) Their first son, Hud, is 13 months old. Mellencamp has three daughters from previous marriages.
The 23-year on-again, off-again romance between Melanie Griffith, 37, and Don Johnson, 45, is officially off again. Two weeks ago, Johnson's lawyer announced that the couple will go ahead with the divorce Griffith initiated 14 months ago to end the couple's second marriage, which lasted six years. The two were previously wed in 1976 for six months. Together, they have a daughter, Dakota, 5, and, separately, two other kids.
Rapper-actor Tupac Shakur, 23, wed girlfriend Keisha Morris, age unavailable, on April 29 at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. Shakur was found guilty in December of sexually abusing a fan in 1993 and was sentenced to 4½ years in jail.
Actress Ellen Barkin I filed suit on May 16 in L.A. superior court on behalf of son Jack Byrne, 5, whose dad is Barkin's soon-to-be-ex, actor Gabriel Byrne. She is seeking unspecified damages from American Airlines because of second-and third-degree burns her son allegedly suffered after a food-trolley thermos containing hot tea spilled on him during a flight in February....
Rapper Dr. Dre, 29, is facing a $10 million palimony suit filed May 9 in L.A. superior court by his ex-girlfriend, model Vivian Morgan, 26. The two have a daughter, Summer, 4 months.
Grunge rocker Scott Weiland, 27, of Stone Temple Pilots, was arrested on May 15 for drug possession and driving under the influence in Pasadena, Calif. Cops say they found cocaine in his car and heroin in his wallet.
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