Jazz baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, 68, who was battling liver cancer, died on Jan. 20 at his home in Darien, Conn., due to complications from a knee infection following surgery. Mulligan, who began composing at the age of 7, was known for the fluidity and melodic ingenuity of his playing. He gained recognition for his work with Miles Davis on 1949-50's landmark album Birth of the Cool. Mulligan was once married to the late actress Sandy Dennis....
A moment of silence at breakfast, please. Frozen-waffle inventor Frank Dorsa, 88, died on Jan. 17 of complications from a heart attack in San Jose, Calif. In 1932, Dorsa, with brothers Sam and Anthony, founded what grew into Eggo Food Products in the basement of their parents' San Jose home. In 1966 the brothers sold Eggo, which later became part of the Kellogg Company.
Outgoing Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, 42, and Haitian-American attorney Mildred Trouillot, 33, were married on Jan. 20 at Aristide's residence near Port-au-Prince. The couple fell in love while Trouillot was a legal adviser to Haiti's government-in-exile, headed by the former priest in Washington.
Life imitates art: Actress Marlee Matlin, 30, and her husband, Los Angeles-area police officer Kevin Grandalski, 30, had their first child, Sarah Rose (7 lbs. 11 ozs.), on Jan. 19 at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai hospital. That night, Matlin's character on Picket Fences—Laurie Bey, mayor of Rome, Wis.—also had a child.
Country singer Tanya Tucker, 37, and Jonathan Cummings, 28, owner of a Nashville landscaping business, are engaged to be married this spring. It will be the first marriage for both. Tucker has two children, Presley Tanita, 6, and Beau Grayson, 4, with actor Ben Reed.
Actress Melanie Griffith, 38, and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, 35, expect their first child in September (his first, her third). The couple met last year on the set of the film Two Much; Banderas awaits a divorce from his wife, actress Ana Leza.
Actor Christopher Reeve, 43, was released on Jan. 22 from a Mount Kisco, N.Y., hospital six days after being admitted for erratic blood pressure, a problem often associated with spinal cord injuries. He is reportedly in good spirits and happy to be back in his Westchester County home.
Actor Harry Dean Stanton, 69, was tied up and pistol-whipped during a robbery the night of Jan. 20 at his L.A. home. Stanton, whose credits include 1984's Paris, Texas and Repo Man, suffered minor injuries. The thieves took off in the actor's car, and later, Alberto Guerrero, 20, and Jose Enrique Rivera, 18, were arrested after being traced by a tracking device in the auto; a third man is being sought.
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