Whiny-voiced comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, 37, is set to walk down the aisle with Nikki Cox, 21, who appears on the WB show inauspiciously titled Unhappily Ever After. It will be his second marriage, her first.
On May 30 in an outdoor ceremony at his L.A. home, Richard Dreyfuss, 51, married Janelle Lacey, 34, an accountant, following a yearlong engagement. The Oscar-winning actor was divorced from his wife of 12 years, writer-producer Jeramie Rain, in 1995. They have three children, ages 8 to 15.
On June 3 in Bridgeport, Conn., Sable, 30, the world's foremost lady rassler, filed a $110 million lawsuit against the World Wrestling Federation, charging that she was stripped of her championship belt because she would not take her top off in the ring. Sable, whose real name is Rena Mero, also seeks the right to her stage name and profits from merchandising. A WWF lawyer said the lawsuit "will be vigorously defended."
On June 5 in Washington, D.C., the estranged husband of popular romance novelist Nancy Richards-Akers (Wild Irish Skies, So Wild a Kiss), 45, fatally shot her twice in the head as she sat in her Jeep. Several hours later, Jeremy Akers, 57, an ex-Marine, committed suicide near Washington's Vietnam Veterans Memorial with a shotgun. The couple are survived by three children, ages 9, 11 and 21.
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Good Morning America coanchor Charles Gibson, 56, underwent angioplasty on May 29 in a New Jersey hospital after experiencing persistent chest pains. "I'd been having what I thought was rather severe heartburn," said Gibson on the June 3 broadcast. An angiogram revealed blockage in an artery.
Magazine trailblazer Ruth Whitney, 71, who as editor of Glamour from 1967 to '98 helped bring such women's issues as equal pay and the glass ceiling to national attention, died on June 4 of Lou Gehrig's disease in Irvington, N.Y. In 1968, Whitney put a black model on the cover of Glamour, a first for a mainstream women's magazine....
Ballplayer Eddie Stanky, the contentious infielder nicknamed the Brat who helped the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Boston Braves and the New York Giants win National League pennants, died on June 6 of a heart attack in Fairhope, Ala. He was 83....
Hovercraft inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell, 88, who in the '50s perfected the means by which even a heavy vehicle could travel on a cushion of air, died on June 1 in England following complications from a fall.
Contrary to early reports that he was near death, Prince, the 2-year-old son of singer Michael Jackson, 40, is fine, according to the New York City doctors who ministered to the tyke. He suffered a high fever for several days earlier this month.
The husband of Paula Jones, 32, the former Arkansas state employee who reached an $850,000 settlement with President Clinton in her sexual harassment suit, filed for divorce on June 7 in L.A. Citing irreconcilable differences, Stephen Jones, 38, an aspiring actor, said he wants alimony. The couple have two sons, Stephen, 6, and Preston, 2.