Former Texas Gov. John Connally 76, who on Nov. 22, 1963, was riding in the same open ear as President John F. Kenned) and was wounded when Kennedy was killed, died June 15 in Houston of pulmonary fibrosis. Connally's career included three terms as governor (1963-68), an appointment as Richard Nixon's Secretary of the Treasury in 1971 and, after a switch from the Democratic to the Republican Party in 1973, an unsuccessful run for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination. He declared bankruptcy in 1987 after he overextended himself in oil and real estate deals and was forced to auction off nearly all his belongings. He regained solvency in 1990 and became active again in Texas business affairs....
Astronaut Donald "Deke" Slayton, 69, the most publicly reserved of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, died of brain cancer in League City, Tex., on June 13. A former World War II fighter pilot, Slayton signed on with NASA in 1959. He was grounded by an irregular heartbeat until 1975, when he went up with the Apollo-Soyuz mission, in which his U.S. spacecraft docked with a Soviet ship....
Early TV star Richard Webb, 77, who played the title crime fighter on the CBS Saturday afternoon show Captain Midnight (1954-56), died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on June 10 at his home in Van Nuys, Calif. He left a note saying he was despondent over a chronic respiratory problem.
Wayne snags his babe: Mike Myers, 30, of Saturday Night Live and Wayne's World, married his most excellent companion of nearly six years, actress Robin Ruzan, 29, in a small private ceremony last month in Toronto, Myers's hometown. They honeymooned in Paris. It was the first marriage for both.
After a year and a half, former Charlie's Angel Kate Jackson, 44, is calling it quits on her third marriage. She recently filed a petition to divorce Tom Hart, 42, the owner of a ski-lodge business in Utah, according to her spokesperson. The couple met four years ago when Jackson spotted Hart in a restaurant and-slipped him a note. They have no children.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.), 63, is recovering at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after surgery on June 14 for the removal of a benign brain tumor. No word yet on when he will return to Washington...
Also on June 14, another Pennsylvania politician, Democratic Gov. Robert Casey, 61, received both a liver and a heart in a rare, 13-hour double-organ transplant operation at a Pittsburgh hospital. Casey had been suffering from amyloidosis, a disease in which the liver creates proteins that can damage the heart. Lt. Gov. Mark Singel is running the state while Casey recovers.
Jeanne Tripplehorn, 29, who played the psycho shrink in Basic Instinct, is engaged to funnyman Ken Stiller (son of onetime comedy duo Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara), 27, who last starred in Fox's The Ben Stiller Show.
Actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, 40, and his wife, actress Donna Dixon, 35, welcomed their second daughter. Belle Kingston (8 lbs. 6 ozs.), in Santa Monica on June 9. Belle joins older sister Danielle, 3.
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