updated 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
Although comedian Joe Piscopo, 39, has been living with model Kimberly Driscoll in northern New Jersey for the past three years, he only got around to popping the question to her on her 22nd birthday (Nov. 16) at 3 in the morning. Piscopo met Driscoll 10 years ago when she baby-sat for Joey Jr., his 10-year-old son from his marriage to his college sweetheart, Nancy Jones, from whom he was divorced in 1986. "I'll be indebted to my son, Joey, for life," says Piscopo. "If it weren't for him, Kimberly and I would have never met." Driscoll fancies herself a June bride with a church wedding but may have to wait if the Catholic Church doesn't act by then on Piscopo's petition to have his first marriage annulled.
Patti LuPone, 41, who plays a I pregnant working mom on ABC's Life Goes On, gave birth in real life to her first child, an 8 lbs., 11 oz. boy named Joshua Luke Johnston, on Nov. 21 in Los Angeles. Her husband is cameraman Matt Johnston, 35. LuPonc's TV character will remain pregnant until the end of the season.
Race-car driver Bill Vukovich III,—J 27, was killed when his sprint car slammed into a wall on Nov. 25 at the Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif., during a practice lap. His grandfather, two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bill Vukovich, was killed while vying for a third consecutive Indy title in 1955. His father, Bill Vukovich Jr., was runner-up at Indy in 1973. The youngest Vukovich competed in the last three Indy 500s and was honored as rookie of the year in 1988 for finishing 14th. Asked in 1967 if he would ever let Billy III race, Vukovich Jr. said, "No, sir. It's too easy to kill yourself."
British author Roald Dahl, 74, whose best-selling children's books include James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, died of an infection on Nov. 24 in Oxford, England. Dahl discovered his calling as a children's author in 1960, when he began writing stories for his own four children from his marriage to actress Patricia Neal (below, in 1964). "Children are great judges of stories. Any parent who does the bedtime ritual of spinning fairy tales into nightly serials knows this only too well," Dahl once said. In all, he published 19 children's books and three novels and nine collections of short stories, sometimes more macabre works, for adults. His marriage to Neal lasted for 30 years, including a particularly grueling three-year period during the 1960s, when he helped her through her laborious rehabilitation after a series of strokes. They were divorced in 1983, and six months later Dahl married Felicity Crosland, who had been Neal's best friend.