Speed-painter Bob Ross, 52, the host since 1983 of the PBS show The Joy of Painting, died of lymphoma on July 4 in Orlando, Fla. Ross, who could paint virtually any landscape and dot it with "happy little trees" in under 30 minutes, began teaching art after retiring from the Air Force in 1981. At the time of his death, his show was broadcast on 300 PBS stations in the U.S., as well as in Japan, Korea, Mexico and Turkey.
Model Stephanie Seymour, 26, and millionaire Interview magazine owner Peter Brant, 48, wed on July 12 in Paris. Their son Peter Jr., 16 months, served as ring-bearer and model Naomi Campbell
was maid of honor. Seymour also has son Dylan, 6, from a first marriage. Brant has five children from his previous marriage to Sandra Brant.
Physicist Stephen Hawking, 53, author of the bestselling A Brief History of Time, plans to marry his former nurse Elaine Mason, 45, on Sept. 16 in Cambridge, England. Hawking, unable to speak without the aid of an electronic device and confined to a wheelchair since the 1960s as a result of Lou Gehrig's disease, left his wife of 25 years, Jane, in 1989 in order to live with Mason, who is the ex-wife of David Mason, the man who created Hawking's voice synthesizer. Hawking has three children from his first marriage; Mason has two from hers.
Apollo 13's Tom Hanks, 39, and his wife, actress Rita Wilson (Mixed Nuts), 34, are expecting their second child in December. Their son Chester is 5, and Hanks has two teenagers, Colin and Elizabeth, from his previous marriage to actress-producer Samantha Lewes.
Baseball great Mickey Mantle, 63, held a news conference July 11 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. It was his first public appearance since undergoing a liver transplant on June 8. Pale and 40 pounds lighter than before the surgery, Mantle, an admitted alcoholic, advised kids not to view him as a role model, and added, "I just want to start giving back. All I've done is take. Have fun and take." Mantle's doctors are optimistic about his recovery....
, 28, of Baywatch, who was expecting a child in February with husband Tommy Lee, 32, suffered a miscarriage in late June in L.A.
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, 31, who lost his left arm in a 1984 auto accident, was arrested for spousal abuse after allegedly slamming his wife, Stacy Lauren Allen, 34, into a restroom wall on July 6 at Los Angeles International Airport. The drummer was released on $50,000 bail. The couple are scheduled to appear at a hearing on August 23....
Auto-body repairman Joey Buttafuoco, 39, who pleaded guilty in 1993 to a statutory rape charge involving Amy Fisher, pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Municipal Court on July 7 to charges of soliciting sex from an undercover policewoman. He was ordered to pay $1,715, attend an AIDS education course and undergo a test for the AIDS virus. The cop arrested Buttafuoco on May 24 while she was posing as a prostitute on Sunset Boulevard.