Passages

updated 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Homicide costars Daniel Baldwin and Isabella Hofmann, both 35, became engaged on Feb. 27 after he proposed during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The two met last summer when Hofmann joined Homicide's cast. No wedding date has been set. Baldwin, brother of actors Alec, William and Stephen, was married twice before and has two daughters.

Novelist Isabel Wilder, 95, sister of playwright Thornton Wilder, died at her home in Hamden, Conn., after a long illness. Wilder, who wrote introductions to several of her brother's posthumously published works, was the author of three novels in the 1930s....

Scriptwriter Herb Meadow, 83, who co-created the western TV series Have Gun Will Travel (1957-63), died of a heart attack on March 1 in Los Angeles....

Children's author Roger MacBride, 65, guardian of Laura Ingalls Wilder's series of Little House books, died of heart failure on March 5 at his home in Miami Beach. MacBride assumed control of the Wilder estate in 1968 upon the death of Wilder's daughter Rose Wilder Lane, who had been MacBride's longtime mentor. MacBride, who wrote three children's books of his own, ran for President in 1976 as the candidate of the Libertarian party.

Film critic Gene Siskel, 49, and his wife, former TV producer Marlene Iglitzen, 42, are giving thumbs up to their new son, Will Nathaniel (6 lbs., 14 ozs.), who was born March 1 in Chicago. (Roger Ebert is thought to concur.) The couple have two daughters, Kate and Callie.

Teenage rhythm-and-I blues singer Brandy, 16, was sued for $5 million on March 1 in L.A. Superior Court by a consortium of agents and managers who claim she broke an agreement to sign a recording contract with MCA Records in 1993 and instead signed with Atlantic Records. The singer, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, recently had the No. 1 R&B single, "Baby."...

Drunk-driving charges against singer John Denver, 51, were dismissed on March 7 in an Aspen court. A judge ruled that trying the singer would constitute double jeopardy since, at a Nov. 29 administrative hearing to revoke Denver's license, charges had been dismissed because police had failed to give him a blood-alcohol test within 2 hours of his arrest last Aug. 21. Denver had been charged after he ran his 1963 yellow Porsche convertible into a tree.

R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry, 36, is recovering from brain surgery to repair two aneurysms, one of which ruptured, on March 3 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Berry complained of a violent headache during a March 1 concert in Lausanne, left midway through the set and was subsequently hospitalized. Doctors said a postoperative brain scan showed no problems. The band has canceled the rest of its European tour, but Berry expects to pick up his sticks in time for the band's first U.S. concert date on May 5 in Phoenix.

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