updated 07/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Hall of Fame pitcher Don "Big D" Drysdale, 56, was found dead July 2 of an apparent heart attack in a hotel room in Montreal. He was in town to broadcast a game between the Expos and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team for which he played 14 seasons, appearing in five World Series....
Curly Joe DeRita, 83, the last surviving member of the Three Stooges, died July 3 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund hospital and nursing home in Woodland Hills, Calif. A vaudeville veteran, DeRita was actually the third Curly in the famous slapstick team to trade noggin knocks and nyuk-nyuks with Moe Howard and Larry Fine. He joined the act in 1959, taking over the slot previously filled by Joe Besser and the original Curly, Jerome Lester Howard. DeRita performed in a series of feature films, including Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961), Have Rocket Will Travel (1959) and The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)....
Ruth Lady Fermoy, 84, Princess Diana's maternal grandmother, died July 6 in London after a short illness. Many credit Fermoy, who was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother, with introducing Diana to the royal family....
Harrison E. Salisbury, 84, a Pulitzer—prizewinning reporter for The New York Times, died July 5 of a heart attack while driving near Providence, R.I.
It's never too late: Singer Ruth Pointer. 47, who is one third of the Pointer Sisters musical group, and her second husband (and former manager), Michael Sayles, 36, are expecting twins in late August. This late-in-life birth was made possible by artificial insemination after Pointer underwent surgery to restore her previously tied fallopian tubes. She has three daugthers (Faun, 28, Malik, 27, and Issa, 15) from her first marriage.
It was a hitching made in hype heaven when on July 4, in one of the three towns in Arkansas named Evening Shade, Charlie Dell, 49, who plays the newspaper delivery guy Nub on Evening Shade, wed Jennifer Williams, 43, who has appeared on Another World and Cheers, in a town-sponsored ceremony that was attended by most of the municipality's 329 citizens.
Actress Geena Davis, 36, ignited more than firecrackers over the Fourth of July weekend in Santa Barbara, Calif. Thai's when and where she and director Kenny Harlin, 34, decided to get engaged. The two plan a fall wedding but are keeping mum about site and date.
Highway robbery: On July 3, driving between Nice and Antibes in the posh South of France, four armed men relieved Marvin Davis, 67, onetime owner of Twentieth Century Fox, and his wife, Barbara, 63, of $10 million worth of jewelry and 150,000 in cash being earned in the trunk of their chauffeured Cadillac. The thieves blocked the road with their cars, forcing the Caddy to halt. Two suspects have been arrested, and most of the valuables were recovered.