A former girlfriend of Stevie Wonder, 51, sued him for palimony in L.A. on Oct. 4. Seeking more than $34 million, wardrobe assistant Angela McAfee, 38, alleged that Wonder, whom she lived with for more than four years, concealed a sexually transmitted disease that she contracted, and that he promised her lifetime financial support, even if they broke up. A lawyer for Wonder said he does not have an STD and that the suit is without merit.
After eight days in a San Francisco hospital, actress Sharon Stone, 43, was released on Oct. 7 following treatment for a brain hemorrhage. "Sharon Stone is completely intact neurologically, and she will have no medical restrictions on her personal and professional activities," said Dr. Michael Lawton at UCSF Medical Center.
Veteran actor Harvey Keitel, 62 (Pulp Fiction, The Piano), wed Israeli actress-filmmaker Daphna Kastner, 40, on Oct. 8 in Jerusalem. This was the first marriage for both.
Actress Shannen Doherty, 30 (Charmed), was sentenced on Oct. 2 in Ventura, Calif., to five days in a work-release program, as part of her sentence for driving while intoxicated in December. She also received three years' probation.
The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block, whose cartoons, under the name "Herblock," chronicled Presidents and politics for the last seven decades, died Oct. 7 at age 91 of pneumonia in Washington, D.C. Block, whose acid pen caused two Presidents, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, to cancel their subscriptions to the Post, coined the term "McCarthyism" for the Communist-hunting tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s....
Another cartoonist, George Gately Gallagher, 72, who in 1973 created Heathcliff, the first cat to star in his own newspaper comic, died of a heart attack in Ridge-wood, N.J., on Sept. 30....
Emilie Schindler, 93, widow of Oskar Schindler, the businessman whose crusade to save more than 1,000 Jews from concentration camps during World War II was portrayed in the 1993 Oscar-winning movie Schindler's List, died Oct. 5 of undisclosed causes in Straus-berg, Germany....
Arthur Gellar, 60, father of actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, 24, was found dead on Oct. 9 in his New York City apartment. According to police, the cause of death was unknown, pending an autopsy. Gellar and Sarah's mother, Rosellen, 51, a former nursery school teacher, divorced in 1984, when Sarah Michelle was 7. Gellar told Scotland's Daily Record last December that his daughter had refused to speak to him for the past 10 years....
Montana Democrat Mike Mansfield, 98, the longest-serving Senate majority leader in history, died of heart failure on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. After retiring from Congress in 1976, Mansfield became a U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Actress Catherine Oxenberg, 40, and her husband, fellow thespian Casper Van Dien, 32, welcomed their first child, daughter Maya, on Sept. 20 in L.A.
NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, 49, and his wife of 18 years, Carole Randall, 48, said they are divorcing. The couple, who live in St. Louis, have two children, Keith, 15, and Taylor, 12.