02/26/2001 at 01:00 AM EST
Tennis titan Boris Becker, 33, admitted on Feb. 7 that he is the biological father of an 11-month-old girl conceived during an extramarital assignation in London with waitress Angela Ermakowa, 33. Becker initially denied paternity, but DNA tests proved otherwise. His seven-year marriage to actress Barbara Feltus ended in divorce last month.
Singer Natalie Cole, 51, has something to croon about: a 3-carat diamond engagement ring presented to her by Kenneth H. Dupree, 44, a Nashville pastor. It will be her third marriage, his second. No date has been set.
Karenna Gore Schiff, 27, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, and husband Drew Schiff, 35, a physician, are expecting their second child in August. Son Wyatt will be 2 on the Fourth of July.
Coauthor Arlene Eisenberg, 66, whose Baedeker to childbirth—What to Expect When You're Expecting—has sold nearly 10 million copies since it was published in 1984, died on Feb. 8 of breast cancer in Manhattan....
Former New York City mayor Abraham Beame, who presided over the city in the mid-'70s when it was on the brink of bankruptcy, died on Feb. 10 of heart disease. He was 94....
Lewis Arquette, 65, patriarch of the acting family that includes Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis and David, and an actor in his own right (Best in Show), died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 10 in L.A.
On Feb. 12 Star Trek's Captain Kirk boldly went into the Boone County Courthouse in Lebanon, Ind., and applied for a marriage license. William Shatner, 69, accompanied by 42-year-old intended wife-to-be Elizabeth J. Martin, whose parents have a home in the area, paid a $62 out-of-state residence fee for the application but has not indicated when they plan to marry. It will be Shatner's fourth marriage.
Miami mayor Joe Carollo, 45, spent a night in the Miami-Dade county jail after he was charged with simple battery for hitting his wife, Maria, in the face with a cardboard tea canister. He was released on Feb. 8 after posting a $1,500 bond. He could spend up to a year behind bars if convicted of the misdemeanor.
A New York state trooper pulled David Letterman, 53, off the road on Feb. 7 for doing 80 in a 55-mph zone near the Connecticut border. Quipped the notoriously leadfooted comedian, who was last ticketed for speeding in 1998: "I had fallen asleep with my foot wedged on the accelerator."
Country music legend Johnny Cash, who will turn 69 on Feb. 26, was admitted to Nashville's Baptist Hospital on Feb. 11 with pneumonia. At press time doctors listed his condition as "serious but stable."
Weeks after the Jan. 2 birth of their daughter Frankie-Jean Mary, actress Donna D'Errico, 32, and her husband of four years, Motley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, 42, have separated. "We're just trying it apart right now," says D'Errico, who adds that there are no plans to divorce.