Louise Brown, 26, who made history as the world's first "test-tube baby" when she was born in 1978, wed Wesley Mullinder, Sept. 4 in Bristol, England. Since Brown's birth, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is estimated to have resulted in well over a million births worldwide.
Rodney Dangerfield, 82, remains in intensive care in an L.A. hospital after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery Aug. 25. According to his rep, Dangerfield continues to make progress and should recover fully. Last year, the comedian had brain surgery to reduce his chances of having a stroke during this procedure.
On Aug. 31 a New Mexico court ruled against actors Val Kilmer, 44, and his ex-wife Joanne Whalley, 43, who had filed for a $300,000 tax refund from 1995. They claimed they were owed the refund because Whalley had moved to California in the latter part of that year. The court said it could not act because the couple missed an administrative deadline. Reps for the pair had no comment.
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Germany has accepted a European court ruling that the privacy of Monaco's Princess Caroline, 47, was violated after three German magazines published photos of the royal engaged in family outings and other private activities. A German newspaper association claimed it was "an excuse for censorship." A lawyer for the princess called it a "wonderful decision."
A car driven by Sopranos star James Gandolfini, 43, was hit by a suspected drunk driver Sept. 4 in New Brunswick, N.J. According to police, the actor, who was in town for a college football game, was not injured. Gandolfini had no comment.
In response to a Dateline NBC report that was about to air, Michael Jackson, 46, issued a statement Sept. 3 confirming that he had made past financial settlements with people who had threatened him with legal action: "I was concerned about my family and the media scrutiny that would have ensued." The TV news program claimed he paid over $2 million in 1990 to silence the 12-year-old son of a Neverland employee. The singer is facing an unrelated 10-count indictment, including child molestation charges (PEOPLE, Dec. 8,2003).
Motorcycle builder and biker Indian Larry, 55, a frequent subject of Robert Mapplethorpe photos, died Aug. 30 from injuries he suffered two days earlier while performing a stunt in Charlotte, N.C. Larry (born Lawrence Desmedt) was filming a segment for the Discovery Channel's The Great Biker Build-Off.
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