Passages

updated 09/22/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1997 01:00AM

Sir Georg Solti, 84, I the Hungarian-born conductor who led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991, died of a heart attack on Sept. 5 in Antibes, France. Solti, whose vast range included mastery of 55 operas and 200 symphonies, won 30 Grammy Awards over his lifetime—more than any other classical or pop artist. In 1977, Solti told reporters that Chicago should erect a statue to him for helping its orchestra gain international acclaim. Six years later, the city agreed and placed a bust of the conductor in Lincoln Park....

Sir Rudolf Bing, 95, who was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1950 to 1972 and helped establish it as one of the world's preeminent opera companies, died of undisclosed causes on Sept. 2 in Yonkers, N.Y....

Baseball's Richie Ash-burn, 70, the Hall of Fame centerfielder who played with the Philadelphia Phillies most of his career, died of a heart attack on Sept. 9 in New York City a few hours after broadcasting a game between the Phillies and the New York Mets. He had worked as a Phillies announcer for 35 years.

Lois & Clark star Dean Cain, 31, is engaged to country singer Mindy McCready, 21. It will be the first marriage for both. No wedding date has been set.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Bob Saget, 41, former host of America's Funniest Home Videos, and his wife, Sherri, filed for divorce on Sept. 8 in Los Angeles. The couple, married 15 years, have three daughters.

Howard Stern Show interviewer "Stuttering John" Melendez, who specializes in badgering celebrities with irritating and embarrassing questions, filed a $250,000 lawsuit against actress Sharon Stone, 39, in New York City, charging that he sustained injuries during a brawl with her bodyguards after last year's MTV Music Awards. A spokeswoman for Stone said the actress is not responsible for the incident because the guards were hired by Miramax Films....

Actor Christian Slater, 28, was charged on Aug. 29 in L.A. with four counts of battery, one count of resisting arrest and one count of being under the influence of cocaine in connection with the Aug. 11 incident in which he allegedly punched his girlfriend, Michelle Jonas, 28, in the face and bit a man who came to her defense. A judge also granted Jonas a restraining order forbidding Slater to contact her....

Phil Donahue, 61, filed suit against the owner of his talk show, Universal Television Enterprises, and the show's former owners on Sept. 4 in Greenville, S.C., seeking the right to buy the reruns of Donahue, which went off the air in late 1996....

On Aug. 26 in L.A., rapper Dr. Dre, 32, and Interscope Records reached an out-of-court agreement with Triple X Entertainment and Missing Link Entertainment to stop the manufacture and sale of the unauthorized album Dr. Dre: First Round Knockout. Though Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, contributed no tracks to the album, the cover features his picture. The album's producers have already paid him more than $400,000 in damages.

Country singer Alan Jackson, 38, and his wife, Denise, 37, welcomed a 7-lb. 11-oz. girl, Dani Grace, on Aug. 28 in Nashville. The couple have two other daughters, Mattie, 7, and Alexandra, 5....

Singer Julio Iglesias, 53, and his girlfriend, Miranda Rijnsburger, 31, became the parents of a 7-lb. 10-oz. boy, Michael Alexander, on Sept. 6 in Miami Beach. Divorced since 1979, Iglesias has three grown children from his marriage to journalist Isabel Preysler.

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