Passages

updated 09/21/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/21/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Heartland rocker John Mellencamp, 40, married model Elaine Irwin, 23, in his hometown of Seymour, Ind., on Sept. 5. The couple met last year when Irwin appeared in Mellencamp's Get a Leg Up video; she subsequently graced the cover of his Whenever We Want It album. This is his third marriage, her first....

Also walking down the aisle after a video meeting were recording artist Kenny "Baby Face" Edmonds, 34, and L.A. Realtor Tracey McQuarn, 25, who first became acquainted in 1991 when she appeared in his Whip Appeal video. The couple wed on Sept. 5 in Beverly Hills. It was his second marriage, her first.

"American Fie" singer Don McLean, 46, and his wife, Patrisha, had their second child, son Wyatt (8 lbs. 8 ozs.), on Aug. 30 in Camden, Maine.

Tommy Smothers, 55, is recuperating in Los Angeles after having arthroscopic surgery Sept. 1 to repair torn cartilage in his knees. According to his brother, Dick, Tommy's injury resulted from performances in Las Vegas during which Tommy tried to do "a combination of the complicated yo-yo trick Braintwister, while attempting an impression of Johnny Carson at the same time."...

Gimme a Break star Nell Carter, 44, underwent surgery Sept. 3 in L.A. for an aneurysm in her brain. The actress, who underwent a similar operation in mid-July, is in stable condition.

Nobel prizewinning geneticist Barbara McClintock, 90, one of only five women to receive the Nobel for work in physiology or medicine when she won the prize in 1983, died of natural causes Sept. 2 in Huntington, N.Y. A maverick scientist who worked alone, McClintock spent her 65-year career studying genetic patterns in corn. Her primary discovery was that genetic elements can jump from one place on a chrome-some to another, thereby changing the activity of the genes....

British children's author Mary Norton, 88, who chronicled the lives of the Borrowers, a diminutive family only 6" high, in a series of five popular books, died of a stroke Aug. 29 in Hartland, England....

Screenwriter Henry Ephron, 81, who with his wife, Phoebe, scripted such Hollywood hits as Desk Set (1957), Daddy Long Legs (1955) and 15 other movies, died Sept. 6 of natural causes in Woodland Hills, Calif. Ephron, the father of writer-director Nora Ephron, was also a playwright and a producer....

Baseball great Billy Herman, 83, whose deft fielding at second base and power-hit-ling for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs earned him a spot with the National League's All-Star Team 10 times (1934-43), died of cancer Sept. 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Herman, who coached and managed after retiring as a player in 1947, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1975....

Writer Dorothy MacKaye, 88, who under the byline Dorothy Cameron Disney dispensed marital advice in Ladies Home Journal's popular "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" column for 30 years, died of a heart attack Sept. 5 in Guilford, Conn. MacKaye, who was married for more than 50 years, never once found a marriage she didn't advise saving.

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