Actor Will Smith, 29, and his longtime, live-in girlfriend, actress Jada Pinkett, 26, are officially engaged and plan to marry before the end of the year. It will be her first marriage, and Smith's second. He has a 5-year-old son, Trey, with his ex-wife Sheree.
Actress Elisabeth Shue, 34, and her husband, director Davis Guggenheim, 34, became parents of their first child, Miles William, on Nov. 11 in Los Angeles.
The Spice Girls exercised some girl power and fired their manager Simon Fuller, 36, on Nov. 7. Fuller, who is credited with creating the marketing campaign that catapulted the group to stardom, had clashed with band members over their grueling work schedule and his attempts to control their personal lives. Fuller reportedly will receive a $17 million payout.
Michael Paul Lookin-land, 36, who played Bobby on the TV series The Brady Bunch, was arrested for drunk driving after flipping his car at least twice on Nov. 9 in St. George, Utah. Lookiniand, who was working as an assistant cameraman on the CBS drama Promised Land, was allegedly found to have a blood-alcohol level three times Utah's legal limit....
Deborah Parry, 42, the British nurse who faced execution by beheading in Saudi Arabia for the 1996 murder of Australian nurse Yvonne Gilford (PEOPLE, Oct. 20), will not be put to death. Frank Gilford, 60, the victim's brother, waived his right under Islamic law to demand the death penalty in exchange for $1.2 million raised with help from British companies doing business in Saudi Arabia. Gilford plans to donate a large part of the money to an Australian hospital for women and children. Parry is awaiting sentencing to see whether she will spend the rest of her life in a Saudi prison....
On Nov. 17, Janet Jackson
, 31, was granted a temporary restraining order in L.A. superior court against songwriter Eric Leon Christian, 25, charging that he has harassed her with hostile phone calls and letters since she rejected his request for royalties on her new single "Got 'Til It's Gone." Christian believes the song is based partly on lyrics from a demo tape that he sent to Jackson.
Lady "Kanga" Tryon, 49, the Australian-born socialite and dress designer who was a longtime friend of Prince Charles's, died on Nov. 15 of uncontrollable septicemia, a blood infection, in a London hospital where she had undergone skin-graft surgery. The prince once described her as "the only woman who really understands me."
...William Alland, 81, the film producer and radio actor who played the narrator and reporter in Orson Welles's 1941 movie classic Citizen Kane, died of heart disease on Nov. 10 in Long Beach, Calif.
...Rod Milburn, 47, who won the gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics in the 110-meter hurdles, died on Nov. 11 when he fell into a railroad car that contained a liquid chemical at the Georgia-Pacific paper plant where he worked in Port Hudson, La.
Country singer Johnny Cash, 65, recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, is being treated in a Nashville hospital for pneumonia. According to a hospital spokeswoman, Cash is in "serious but stable" condition....
Suffering from flulike symptoms, actress Julia Roberts
, 30, entered a New York City hospital on Nov. 9 and remained overnight as "a precaution," according to her spokeswoman. She has returned to filming her latest, as-yet-untitled, movie.