Passages

updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Actress Aneta Corsaut, 62, died on Nov. 6 in Studio City, Calif. Best-known in her role as Andy's girlfriend, schoolteacher Helen Crump, on The Andy Griffith Show, Corsaut starred in the 1958 sci-fi thriller The Blob, opposite Steve McQueen....

Shakespearean actor Sir Robert Stephens, 64, died in his sleep on Nov. 12 at a London hospital from complications following a liver and kidney transplant. Stephens appeared in the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with his then-wife, actress Maggie Smith....

Standup comedian Slappy White, 74, died of a heart attack at his New Jersey home on Nov. 7. The entertainer, born Melvin White, performed with Dean Martin during the 1960s and appeared in several films, including 1992's Mr. Saturday Night. White also acted with his childhood friend Redd Foxx in the popular 1970s series Sanford and Son.

Rapper Tupac Shakur, 24, and Death Row Records settled a wrongful-death suit filed by the parents of 6-year-old Qa'id Walker-Teal, who was killed during an outdoor music festival in Marin County, Calif., in 1992. The couple, whose son was shot by a bullet that came from a gun registered to Shakur, will receive over $300,000 from the record company. Shakur, who has been arrested six times since 1993, is free on $1.4 million bail pending appeal of his conviction for sexually abusing a female fan in a Manhattan hotel....

Businessman Rick Taubman, 46, estranged husband of model Christie Brinkley, 41, has been granted formal visitation rights to their 5-month-old son Jack Paris by a New York court. Brinkley, separated from Taubman since July after a seven-month marriage, had filed for sole custody of Jack in October.

Former Guess? jeans I model Anna Nicole Smith, 27, was released on Nov. 12 after a six-day stay at a Los Angeles hospital. According to her publicist, Smith was admitted on Nov. 6 for an adverse reaction to prescription medication....

Washington Mayor Marion Barry, 59, announced on Nov. 15 that he has prostate cancer. Barry, whose cancer is in the early stages, said he has no plans to leave office.

In a Nov. 9 letter to Baa newspaper editors who have syndicated his comic strip, Bill Watterson, the 38-year-old creator of Calvin and Hobbes, announced that his cartoon would no longer be seen in the funny papers. The incorrigible 6-year-old Calvin and his sidekick, a tiger named Hobbes, who first appeared in print on Nov. 18, 1985, will depart with the year, on Dec. 31.

Country singer Tracy Lawrence, 27, whose 1991 album Sticks and Stones spawned three No. 1 singles, and wife Frances, 26, filed for divorce in Nashville on Nov. 13. The couple, married two years, cited irreconcilable differences....

Ruth Weil Langella, 54, has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Frank Langella, 55, in L.A. superior court on Nov. 8 after 18 years of marriage and two children.

TV's Marilu Henner, 43, and her director husband, Robert Lieberman, 47, had a baby boy, Joseph Marlon (6 lbs. 13 ozs.), on Nov. 12 in L.A. Son Nicholas is 18 months.

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