Country queen Wynonna Judd, 34, filed for divorce from her husband, Arch Kelley III, 46, a yacht salesman, on Nov. 6 in Tennessee, citing irreconcilable differences. Married on Jan. 21, 1996, the couple have two kids, Elijah, 3, and Pauline, 2.
Actor Michael McKean, 51, who played the libidinous Lenny on TV's Laverne & Shirley, and actress Annette O'Toole (Nash Bridges), 46, are planning to marry, though they haven't set a date. It will be the second marriage for both.
British author Rumer Godden, 90, who wrote 70-odd books, including the novel Black Narcissus (1939) and the children's book The Doll's House (and whose unusual first name was chosen by Bruce Willis
and Demi Moore
, a doll fancier, for their first daughter, now 10), died on Nov. 8 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland....
Actor Bob Trow, who for three decades paid visits to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as characters Robert Troll and Bob Dog, as well as himself, died of a heart attack on Nov. 2 in New Alexandria, Pa. He was 72....
Mountaineer John Hunt, who led the 1953 expedition that enabled Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, died on Nov. 7 in Henley-on-Thames, England. He was 88....
Ralonzo Phelectron Cochran, 43, a jack-of-all-trades and brother of former O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, died of multiple gunshot wounds on a Los Angeles sidewalk on Nov. 1. The LAPD said that they know of no motive nor do they have any suspects.
Former Yankee and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, 52, who in the '70s became baseball's first big-money free agent, revealed on Nov. 9 that he has Lou Gehrig's disease, the same degenerative nerve disorder that felled its namesake (also a Yankee legend) in 1941. Hunter, now retired and living in Hertford, N.C., is taking medication to slow the progress of the rare, fatal disease.
CNN NewsStand coanchor Willow Bay, 34, and her husband, ABC president Bob Iger, 47, welcomed their first child, Robert Maxwell Iger (6 lbs. 13 ozs.) on Nov. 3 in New York City....
Former megamodel Kathy Ireland, 35, and husband Greg Olsen, 40, an emergency room physician, greeted daughter Lily Marie (10 lbs. 2 ozs.) on Oct. 27 in L.A. The couple have a son, Erik, 4.
Euthanasia practitioner Dr. Jack Kevorkian, 70, suffered his first trial loss on Nov. 4 when a jury in Royal Oak, Mich., found him guilty of interfering with police and resisting arrest. The charges stemmed from an incident on May 7, when Kevorkian, who has been acquitted in three other trials for assisting suicides, attempted to drop off a body at a hospital and tussled with cops when they inquired what the doctor was up to. The judge fined him $700, plus $200 in court costs....
On Nov. 9 in L.A., actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, 38, triumphed in a lawsuit brought by martial arts expert Frank Dux, who had sued the action hero for $1.5 million. Dux wanted the money for a screenplay which he alleged Van Damme reworked to make 1996's The Quest.
An autopsy report released on Nov. 4 in L.A. concluded that Newhart actress Mary Frann died in her sleep of a heart attack on Sept. 23 at 55.