Passages

updated 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Actress Natasha Henstridge, 23, who played an out-of-this-world babe in 1995's Species, is expecting her first child in October. "All my friends keep telling me I'm having a girl," she says, "but I sort of want a boy." Daddy is boyfriend Liam Waite, an actor....

Actor Paul Hogan, 58, and his "Crocodile"Dundee costar, wife Linda Kozlows-ki, 40, will welcome their first child in August. They married eight years ago.

Electronics engineer and entrepreneur Carl G. Sontheimer, 83, who sold Americans on the joy of cooking with the Cuisinart, died of respiratory failure on March 23 in Greenwich, Conn. Visiting France in 1971, he found, and back home later marketed, the hefty Gallic mixer-slicer-dicer....

Joseph Sobek, inventor of racquetball, died of heart failure at 79 in a Connecticut hospital on March 27. A pro tennis and squash player much of his life, Sobek devised the fast, aerobic game in 1950 to battle a tummy bulge he acquired at a desk job.

Guitar legend Eric Clapton, 53, announced plans to open an alcohol-and drug-treatment facility on the West Indies island of Antigua. Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict, said he will model his Crossroads program on the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

On May 1, Quebec-born chanteuse Celine Dion, 30, will receive the insignia of an officer in the Order of Canada, given to those who exemplify "the highest qualities of citizenship." Guess it doesn't matter that she is building a home in toasty Florida.

Actor Robert Downey Jr., who just turned 33, left jail in L.A. on April 1 after serving 113 days for violating probation on multiple drug charges. He then entered an undisclosed rehab center for a 67-day stay.

A three-alarm fire in the early morning hours of March 25 damaged the new 12,000-square-foot, $3.2 million home of Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, 31, in Piano, Texas. The quarterback had just moved in a few weeks earlier. No one was injured.

Country songstress Martina McBride, 31, and her husband, John, 40, welcomed their second daughter, Emma Justine (7 lbs. 11 ozs.), on March 29 in Nashville. Big sister De-laney Katharine is 3.

Titanic's Leonardo Di-Caprio, 23, filed a law-suit against Playgirl on March 26 in L.A. The suit alleges that the magazine plans to run pictures of the boffo star el buffo, and for that he seeks unspecified damages for invasion of privacy and emotional distress, as well as an injunction to halt publication of the images.

Romance novelist Danielle Steel, 50, and venture capitalist Tom Perkins, 65, married on March 27 in San Francisco. It was her fifth time exchanging vows, his second.

The original Air Force One, a Boeing 707 that served eight U.S. Presidents over 36 years, flew its last official voyage on March 26, carrying some members of Congress to Africa. The famous jet, which transported JFK's body to Washington from Dallas and ferried Nixon to China in 1972, will eventually be enshrined at the United States Air Force Museum outside Dayton.

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