Passages

updated 06/06/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sardonic humorist Henry Morgan, 79, whose barbed humor—often directed at his own sponsors—endeared him to radio audiences in the '40s and made him a popular panelist on TV's I've Got a Secret in the '50s and '60s, died of lung cancer on May 19 at his home in New York City. Though Morgan was blacklisted in the '50s, his acerbic humor continued to find an audience, and he went on to appear as a regular on NBC's That Was the Week That Was (1964) and My World and Welcome to It (1969-70)....

Gaunt character actor Royal Dano, 71, who often played cowboys and villains but starred memorably in the early 1950s as Abe Lincoln on the old CBS TV program Omnibus, died of pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease, on May 15 at his Santa Monica home. Dano costarred in more than 100 movies, including Carrie (1952), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).

Duran Duran's Simon LeBon, 35, and his wile, Yasmin, 28, a model, are expecting their third baby in September. The couple have two girls, Amber, 4, and Saffron, 2....

Actress Cassandra Peterson, 42, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and her husband and manager, Mark Pierson, 38, are expecting their first baby around (when else?) Halloween.

On May 19, actor Omar Sharif, 62, suffered a mild heart attack while visiting the French Riviera. Sharif, who has starred in such film classics as Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968), was released from the hospital on May 21....

Broadcast journalist Bill Movers, 59, is recuperating at a New York City hospital following heart-bypass surgery on May 17. Movers was hospitalized after complaining of chest pains....

Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury, 68, is recovering at her Los Angeles home after under-going surgery on May 18 to replace her left hip.

It was no joke when, on May 20, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, 32, was charged with two misdemeanors for setting a chair on fire during his May 6 appearance on The Tonight Show in Burbank, Calif. Goldthwait, who faces a June 23 arraignment, could receive a maximum $1,000 fine and a six-month jail sentence....

Also on May 20, an Atlantic City grand jury refused to bring charges against comic Dom DeLuise, 60, in regard to allegations that he made sexual advances toward casino employee Ralph Schifano, 24, on March 26. DeLuise had maintained his innocence.

Monica Seles, 20, announced on May 19 that she is seeking $10 million in compensation from the German Tennis Federation for losses of tournament winnings and endorsements. In April 1993, Seles, then the world's No. 1-rated woman player, was knifed by Gunther Parche, 39, an unemployed lathe operator, al a Hamburg tournament, and she has not played competitively since. She claims that the federation failed to provide adequate security.

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