Actress-director Ida Lupino, 77, who used to joke that she was "the poor man's Bette Davis," died of a stroke Aug. 3 in Burbank, Calif., after a brief battle with colon cancer. Lupino first found fame with tough-gal roles in such films as They Drive by Night (1940) and High Sierra (1941), then later became a pioneering woman director of low-budget melodramas (1953's The Hitch-Hiker) and TV's The Untouchables. In 1983, Lupino and actor Howard Duff divorced after living apart for the last 11 years of their 32-year marriage. When asked what took her so long, Lupino replied in her best wise-guy fashion: "I finally got off my duff, darling."...
The decomposed body of B-movie director Al Adamson (1970's Horror of the Blood Monsters, 1971's Dracula vs. Frankenstein), 66, was found wrapped in linens and buried beneath the newly tiled floor of his Indio, Calif., home on Aug. 2, five weeks after he was last seen alive. Police have arrested and brought homicide charges against Fred Fulford, 46, an independent contractor who had recently been renovating and living in Adamson's home....
Actor Kevin John Gee, 40, who played the valet Ito on Another World, died on Aug. 3 in New York City of pneumonia. Gee also appeared in a recurring skit on Late Night with Conan O'Brien as an Asian talk show host's interpreter, and on Broadway in Anything Goes.
The petition that gym employee Debra Wrenn, 41, of Denton, Texas, brought against Arnold Schwarzenegger, 48, in December, claiming he sired her daughter, has been disproved. Circumstantial evidence and DNA tests of the 12-year-old fingered a man other than the Terminator as her likely father....
Actress Robin Givens, 30, the former Mike Tyson flame who plays an investigator working for the DA in the CBS series Courthouse this fall, is starring in a real-life legal drama. Her creditors, a law corporation, sued her on Aug. 2 in Los Angeles superior court over an unrepaid home loan of $85,000. If she can't pay up, she may lose her L.A. digs.
Wings' Steven Weber, 34, married MTV's L.A. bureau chief, Juliette Hohnen, 30, at Highclere Castle outside her native London on July 29. It was Hohnen's first trip down the aisle. Weber was previously wed to actress Finn Carter (As the World Turns).
In-vitro fertilization and bed rest paid off for TV diva Roseanne, 42, and her husband of six months, former bodyguard Ben Thomas, 28. They welcomed Buck (8 lbs.), named after Thomas's father, on Aug. 5 in Santa Monica. It's Thomas's first child. Roseanne has Jessica, 20, Jennifer, 19, and Jake, 17, from her first husband, Bill Pentland, and a daughter, Brandi, 24, whom she gave up for adoption at birth. (The two reunited in 1989.)
Actor and social activist Martin Sheen, 55, and six other demonstrators speaking out against nuclear weapons and the bombing of Hiroshima 50 years ago were arrested outside the Pentagon on Aug. 3 for failing to obey police orders to disperse. The protesters, who were released later that day, face an Oct. 6 hearing in Alexandria, Va....
Peter Graf, 57, father and manager of tennis champ Steffi Graf, 26, was arrested on Aug. 2 in Brühl, Germany, for failing to pay as much as $7.2 million in taxes on his daughter's earnings. The Wimbledon winner is still being investigated and could face similar charges.
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