Passages

updated 09/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Movie producer Joseph Pasternak, 89, who made 105 films during his 40-year career, died of natural causes in Beverly Hills on Sept 13. He helped develop the career of teen singing star Deanna Durbin in the late 1930s at Universal and, moving to MGM in 1941, began making a string of lighthearted musicals with such stars as Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Johnson and, later, Doris Day. One of his stars, Esther Williams, says, "He made me the girl next door who also swam. I considered him a great friend."...

Julie Bovasso, 61, an actress and avant-garde playwright, died Sept. 14 of cancer in New York City. Bovasso, who had in recent years specialized in playing Italian matriarchs onscreen, portrayed John Travolta's mother in both Saturday Night Fever (1977) and its sequel, Staying Alive (1983)....

Movie music composer Alex North, 80, who during his nearly 40-year career wrote scores for more than 50 films, including Spartacus, A Streetcar Named Desire and Prizzi's Honor, died of cancer on Sept. 8 in Los Angeles. Although he was nominated for 15 Academy Awards. North never took home a statue until he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986.

After weeks of speculation, director Steven Spielberg, 43, and his soon-to-be wife, actress Kate Capshaw, 37, have confirmed that they are expecting their second child at the end of February. Their wedding is still set for Oct. 12. The couple, who met while making Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), has four other children: their daughter Sasha, 16 months, and adopted son Theo, 3; Spielberg's son Max, 6, from his marriage to Amy Irving; and Capshaw's daughter, Jessica, 15, from a previous marrriage.

Comic actor Gene Wilder, 56, married hearing specialist Karen Webb, 40ish, at their home in Connecticut on Sept. 8. It was his third marriage (second wife Gilda Radner died of cancer in 1989), Webb's second....

Country singer Willie Nelson, 58, wed Ann-Marie D'Angelo, mid-30s, a makeup artist he met on the set of his 1986 movie, Red Headed Stranger, in Dallas on Sept. 16. The couple have two sons, Lukas, 2, and Micah, 1.

Burt Reynolds, 55, was hospitalized overnight after flames from a stove on the set of his TV series, Evening Shade, singed him around the eyebrows during rehearsal....

Comedian Jay Leno, 41, sustained a compound fracture of his left leg in a Sept. 14 motorcycle collision in L.A. Three days later, on crutches, he hobbled onto The Tonight Show and got his biggest laugh of the evening with the familiar line "I've fallen and I can't get up."

Larry Drake, who plays Benny on L.A. Law, and his wife, actress Ruth de Sosa, are divorcing after two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. They have no children....

Original Yippie turned unapologetic yuppie Jerry Rubin, 53, is doing the divorce thing, splitting from wife Mimi Leonard, 42, his wife of 15 years. Together the couple had one daughter, Juliet, 4, and a son, Adam, 2, and one business, Network America, which in the '80s formalized the concept of networking by sponsoring gatherings where yuppies could exchange business cards.

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