07/27/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT
Newlywed actors Ethan Hawke, 27, and Uma Thurman, 28, welcomed daughter Maya Ray (7 lbs. 11 ozs.) on July 8 in New York City....
On the same day in Los Angeles, another screen team, actors Will Smith, 29, and Jada Pinkett Smith, 26, also greeted a new family cast member—son Jaden Christopher Syre. The couple married last New Year's Eve....
Irreverent radio host Don Imus, who turns 58 on July 23, and second wife Deirdre Coleman, 33, had a baby boy, Fredric Wyatt (7 lbs. 13 ozs.), on July 3 in New York City....
Comedian Sandra Bernhard, 43, gave birth to daughter Cicely Yasin (7 lbs. 10 ozs.) on the Fourth of July in L.A. Bernhard is keeping mum about the father's identity.
Educator A. Sterl Artley, the last of the three authors who contributed to the books chronicling Dick and Jane, the running, skipping, jumping protagonists in four decades of grade-school primers, died on July 7 in Overland Park, Kans. He was 91.
Scottish pop singer Sheena Easton, 39, filed for divorce from her third husband, documentary director Timothy Delarm, 37, on July 10 in L.A. They married last July.
Hollywood producer Robert Evans, 68, and British-bred actress Catherine Oxenberg, 36, married on July 12 in Beverly Hills. It was the first marriage for Oxen-berg, a third cousin of Prince Charles who has twice portrayed Princess Diana in TV movies, and the fifth go-round for Evans.
Frank Sinatra Jr., 54, filed a lawsuit in L.A. on July 8 to prevent the three men who kidnapped him in 1963 from profiting from their crime. Sparking the suit was the reported sale (for around $1 million) of movie rights to the story by the suit's defendants, convicted kidnappers Barry Keenan, Joseph Amsler and John Irwin. They held Frank Jr. for a $240,000 ransom when he was 19. Sinatra père, who died in May, paid up, and the trio of abductors were apprehended soon after.
CNN's NewsStand co-anchors Judd Rose, 44, and Willow Bay, 40, are each set to welcome newborns in their respective households. Rose and wife Sarah, 40, a lawyer, are expecting twins, a boy and a girl; Bay and her husband, ABC honcho Robert Iger, 47, await a boy. All deliveries are slated for mid-November.
In two separate decisions, on July 2 and 9, a jury in L.A. awarded director Francis Ford Coppola, 59, and business partner Fred Fuchs a total of $80 million in compensatory and punitive damages from Warner Bros. Coppola charged that the movie studio wrongfully asserted a claim on his rights to Pinocchio, thwarting his attempts to shoot a live-action version of the story with another film outfit....
On July 13, after an eight-month trial, a jury in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., found three former advisors to Tawana Brawley liable for defaming former assistant D.A. Steven Pagones, 37. In 1987 the then 15-year-old Brawley spun a tale of abduction and rape, and the advisors, Al Sharpton, C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox, accused Pagones of participating in the purported crimes.
Joe Jackson, who turns 70 on July 26, sire of the singing Jackson ménage (Michael, Janet, LaToya et al), reportedly suffered a minor stroke on July 7 in Encino, Calif.