08/04/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
Diane Lane (Unfaithful), 38, and Josh Brolin (NBC's Mister Sterling), 35, became engaged over the July 4 weekend. The couple have been dating for a year and a half. It will be the second marriage for the pair: Lane and actor Christopher Lambert divorced in 1994; Brolin and actress Alice Adair, with whom he has a son and a daughter, split in 1992.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 72, and his wife of four years, Wendi Deng, 34, welcomed their second child, Chloe, on July 17 in New York City. She joins big sister Grace, 2. Murdoch, whose empire includes the FOX network, has four grown children from two previous marriages.
The King of Queens star Leah Remini, 33, and Angelo Pagan, 45, a musician and actor, wed before 150 guests on July 19 in Las Vegas. It is the first marriage for both.
Actors Kathryn Erbe, 38, (NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent), and Terry Kinney (Oz), 49, are expecting their second child in October. Their daughter Maeve is 7.
Singer Jerry Lee Lewis, 67, known for such hits as 1957's "Great Balls of Fire," and his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis, 40, have sued each other for divorce in Nesbit, Miss. Lewis filed a petition in April; his wife, the president of the performer's fan club, recently sued for child support and temporary alimony. The couple, married since 1984, have a 16-year-old son....
Godfather of Soul James Brown, 70, and his fourth wife, singer Tomi Rae, 34, announced their separation in an ad in the publication Variety. "They have decided to go their separate ways," reads the ad. The couple, who wed in December 2001 and have a son, James, 2, are currently touring together in Europe. The singer's rep could not be reached for comment.
On July 21 in Chester-town, Md., former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson, 21, was charged with murder after allegedly killing his ex-teammate Patrick Dennehy, 21, who has been missing since mid-June (PEOPLE, July 14, 2003). Dotson, who is being held without bond, said, "I didn't confess."
Fitness club tycoon Lucille Roberts, 59, died of lung cancer on July 17 in Manhattan. Roberts, who opened her first gym in 1970, built her business into one of the largest health club chains in the Northeast, with 50 outlets....
Cabaret singer Elisabeth Welch, 99, who sang Cole Porter's scandalous "Love for Sale" on Broadway in 1931 before moving to London, where she became a darling of European café society, died on July 15 in London....
Buddy Deane, 78, the Baltimore deejay whose 1950s and'60s local TV dance show inspired the John Waters movie Hairspray, which was later turned into a hit Broadway musical, died of complications from a stroke on July 16 in Pine Bluff, Ark....
Canadian author Carol Shields, 68, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1995 novel The Stone Diaries, died of breast cancer on July 16 in Vancouver.