02/17/1997 at 01:00 AM EST
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, 80, whose daily jottings about life in the city won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1996, died of lung cancer on Feb. 1 in San Francisco. Caen wrote his column for nearly 60 years and also produced 12 books—Renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner, 91, whose students included Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly and Diane Keaton, died of undisclosed causes on Feb. 2 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Meisner was director of Manhattan's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater for nearly five decades, starting in 1936.
Horse trainer Mark Phillips, 48, ex-husband of Britain's Princess Anne, and former U.S. Olympic equestrian Sandy Pflueger 47, were married on Feb. 1 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. This is the second marriage for both. Phillips and Anne divorced in 1992....
The California Department of Corrections confirmed on Jan. 31 that Lyle Menendez, 29, and former model Anna Eriksson, 30, were married last July 2 in a civil ceremony conducted during a telephone con ference call. Menendez and his brother Erik, 26, his best man, were in a Los Angeles jail at the time, awaiting sentencing for the 1989 murder of their parents. (Both received life terms.) It was the first marriage for Menendez and the second for Eriksson....
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, 33, married medical student Skylar Satenstein, 25, on Jan. 26 in Las Vegas. It was the second marriage for Ulrich and the first for Satenstein.
Warren Beatty, 59, and wife Annette Bening, 38, welcomed daughter Isabel Ira Ashley (weight unavailable) on Jan. 18 in L.A. Their other children are Kathlyn, 5, and Ben, 2.
A Columbus, Ohio, man who claims that he and Oprah
Winfrey, 43, were live-in lovers and abused drugs together in 1985, filed suit against the talk show host on Jan. 16 in Chicago, accusing her of blocking his attempt to sell his story by threatening prospective buyers. Randolph Cook, 39, is seeking $20 million in punitive damages for slander and emotional distress. Winfrey had no comment....
A Connecticut superior court judge ruled Feb. 4 that a drunk-driving charge against figure skater Oksana Baiul, 19, will be dropped if she completes an alcohol-education program and performs 25 hours of community service. Baiul was fined $90 after pleading no contest to driving nearly 100 mph in a 45-mph zone before her car skidded off a road on Jan. 12.
British novelist Dame Iris Murdoch, 77, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, her husband of 41 years, retired Oxford professor John Bayley, revealed in an interview published Feb. 4 in London's Daily Telegraph. One of her doctors is quoted as saying that she is "forgetful but still able to look after herself."