Passages

UPDATED 11/30/1992 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/30/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

TV news host Jane Wallace, 37, formerly of CBS's West 57th, has become a single mom twice over; on Nov. 10 she adopted 3-month-old Sophie Martha in Miami. Her son, Zachariah Max, 3, was adopted in 1989.

Edie Brickell, 26, lead singer of the New Bohemians, and Paul Simon, 51, who were married last May, expect their first child in early 1993.

Soap actress Sehae Harrison (brainy blond bombshell Darla on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful), 28, said yes to Michael kase, 28, a movie director's assistant. Allowed to fill the bit role of a delivery boy, Kase had proposed right on the set....

Actor Brandon Lee, 27, son of late chop-socky legend Bruce Lee and the star of last summer's Rapid Fire, became engaged to Lisa Hutton, 28, a production exec for Kiefer Sutherland's company. No date yet.

George Michael, 29, issuing Sony Music in London to break his recording contract, which runs to 2003. Michael said in a statement that Sony has "no understanding of the creative process" and views "artists as little more than software."

While performing volunteer work at a home for juvenile delinquents near Seattle, 74-year-old Peg Phillips—who plays the sage shopkeeper Ruth-Anne on CBS's Northern Exposure—fell as she was teaching an acting class on Nov. 14. She broke one finger and fractured two others. The show's producers may work the damaged digits into future episodes.

Alistair Cooke, 84, the avuncular, urbane host of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, is leaving the library. After 21 years, the man who introduced such classics as Upstairs, Downstairs and The Jewel in the Crown will emcee his final show—an episode of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent—on Nov, 29, His is new driving ambition? "An insane desire," says Cooke, a naturalized U.S. citizen, "to shave a stroke or two of my golf handicap."....

In his 1,185th and final race, the Hooters 500 on Nov. 15 in Hampton, Ga., stock-car king Richard Petty, 55, was forced to drop out after a three-car smashup on lap 95. Mechanics quickly patched up the car so he and wife Lynda could drive a ceremonial last lap.

Quicksilver tap dancer Charles "Honi" Coles, 81, who Lena Horne once said made "butterflies look clumsy," died Nov. 12 in East Elmhurst, N.Y., of cancer. A disciple of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Coles worked in vaudeville before dancing with big bands (including Fats Waller's, Cab Calloway's, Count Basic's and Duke
Ellington's). In 1949 he and partner Cholly Atkins won raves in the Broadway show Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Solo, Coles won a Tony for best featured performer in a musical for his hoofing in 1983's My One and Only....

William Hillcourt, 92, principal author of the Buy Scout Handbook, died Nov. 9 dining a visit to Stockholm. Hillcourt also wrote other scouting manuals and articles—many under the pseudonym Green Bar Hill—for the scout monthly Boy's Life....

Mortally wounded fighting archfiend Doomsday, Kryptonian quick-change artist Superman, 54, died in the arms of fiancée Lois lane" also 54, in Metropolis, U.S.A.—or so states the much-hyped issue No. 498 of Adventures of Superman, which hit the stands Nov. 18. Skeptics, however, suspect a ruse.

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