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UPDATED 07/10/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/10/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

Wed

On June 4 in Malibu, director James Cameron, 45, whose marriage to actress Linda Hamilton, 43, sank after Titanic won 11 Oscars in 1998, married actress Suzy Amis, 38, who appeared in the movie as the granddaughter of the character played by Gloria Stuart. It is his fifth marriage and Amis's second....

Natalie Maines, 25, lead warbler of the Dixie Chicks, and actor Adrian Pasdar (Pompatus of Love), 35, tied the knot at the famed Little White Chapel in Las Vegas on June 24. Maines was formerly wed to musician Michael Tarabay. The couple met last year at the wedding of Dixie Chick Emily Robison. She and the other member of the country trio—Martie Seidel—joined the newlyweds for a round of gambling after the nuptials.

Foul Play
A Web site devoted to actress Kate Winslet, 24, who is married to assistant director Jim Threapleton and is six months pregnant, recently received several threatening e-mails. Authorities are investigating the menacing missives, which originated in Greece.

Pay Day
They recorded a string of hits such as "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You" in the early 1960s, but the Ronettes got a onetime payment of only $14,482.30 for their efforts. Poor babies? Not after a June 14 ruling that ended—barring an appeal—13 years of litigation and redressed the matter. New York State Supreme Court Justice Paula Omansky ordered record producer Phil Spector, 60, to pay the all-girl trio $2.6 million in royalties and interest. Ronnie Bennett Greenfield, 56, for whom the group was named and who was married to Spector from 1968 to 74, said in a statement, "I worked very hard making those records....I didn't know I'd have to wait 37 years to get paid."

Deaths

British actor David Tomlinson, best known for his roles in Disney family flicks (the pop in 1964's Mary Poppins, for one), died on June 24 in Buckinghamshire, England, of complications following a series of strokes. He was 83....

Maria do Carmo Jeronimo, a former slave believed to have been born on March 5, 1871, died of a stroke on June 14 in Itajuba, Brazil, at age 129. Because she did not have a birth certificate, Jeronimo was unofficially listed as the world's oldest woman.

Expecting
Soap actress Lauralee Bell, 31, who plays Christine Williams on The Young and the Restless, and her husband, photographer Scott Martin, also 31, are expecting their first child in January. The couple married in 1997.

Recuperating
On June 21 in L.A., doctors operated on actress Fran Drescher, 42, to remove a cancerous growth from her uterus. According to her publicist, the former Nanny star's cancer was "caught at Stage I, and the surgery was 100 percent successful. She has been given a clean bill of health, and no postoperative treatment has been ordered."

Suing
In L.A. on June 6, a food-services company owned by celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck, 50, filed a lawsuit against Edward James Olmos, 53, seeking $34,420 plus other damages and legal fees, for costs incurred catering the 1999 Denver Latino International Film Festival. Puck's outfit says the actor never paid up. Olmos's rep says the Stand and Deliver star is working to resolve the food fight.

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