Passages

updated 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It was revealed on Oct. 5 that actress Lina Basquette, 87, who was married nine times to seven different husbands, including Jack Dempsey and Nelson Eddy, died of lymphoma on Sept. 30 at her home in Wheeling, W.Va. Basquette, a onetime star dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies, began her movie career in 1916 and appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's last silent movie, The Godless Girl (1929). Basquette began a second career in 1947 as a breeder of Great Danes. She made her last appearance on film in 199l's Paradise Park....

Fred Lebow, 62, creator and tireless promoter of the New York City Marathon, now the largest in the world, died of brain cancer on Oct. 9 at his home in New York City. Lebow's cancer was diagnosed in 1990, but he continued to promote the marathon and even finished the 26-mile-plus race in 1992.

A $6 million-plus palimony suit was filed on Oct. 7 in L.A. against Ken Berry, 56, best known as the bumbling captain on F Troop. Brenda Thomson, 40ish, a former actress and dancer, claimed that she gave up her career to care for him....

Former minister Paul Hill, 40, who shot and killed abortion doctor John Britton, 69, and his bodyguard, James Barrett, 74, last July 29, was convicted Oct. 5 in a federal court in Pensacola, Fla., on three charges of blocking access to an abortion clinic. Hill, who is the first person to be convicted under the 1994 clinic-access law, will be sentenced Dec. 9 and could receive life imprisonment. He will be tried next year for murder.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Darrien Iacocca, 45, filed for divorce from former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca, 70, on Oct. 7 in L.A. superior court. The couple, who married in 1991, have no children together. This was his third marriage and her second....

Actress Melissa Gilbert, 30, who reconciled with actor Bruce Boxleitner, 44, in June, has broken off her second engagement to him in a year.

Fawn Hall, 35, Oliver North's former secretary, who testified before Congress during the 1987 Iran-contra scandal that she had shredded important documents with North, is undergoing a four-month treatment program for cocaine addiction at the Hanley Hazelden Center in West Palm Beach, Fla....

The Eagles' Glenn Frey, 45, is recuperating at his home in L.A. following surgery on Oct. 6 for diverticulitis, an inflammation of the colon. He is expected to make a full recovery by the time his group's tour resumes in January....

Singer David Crosby, 53, has revealed that he is suffering from liver disease and needs a transplant. His illness has forced an end to Crosby, Stills and Nash's 25th-anniversary tour, which began in June.

Journalist Robert MacNeil, 63, cohost of The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS, will retire next year. MacNeil, who has coanchored the show for 19 years, is a former NBC News correspondent and has written or co-authored seven books, including The Story of English.

Spike Lee, 37, and his wife, Tonya, 33, an attorney, are expecting their first child in mid-December.

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