Penn Jillette, 49, half of the comic-magic duo Penn & Teller, wed TV producer Emily Zolten, 38, Nov. 23 at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. "We had a great time and it took eight minutes," said Jillette about the ceremony, which was broadcast on the Web. "I wanted this to be about her and me."
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 29, and his wife, Cynthia, 31, a former teacher, welcomed daughter Natasha Alexander Nov. 18 in Miami. It's the first child for the couple, who wed in 2002.... Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo, 53, and his wife, Kimberly, 36, welcomed daughter Olivia Nov. 29 in L.A. She'll join big sister Alexandra and brother Michael. Piscopo also has a son, Joey, 25, from a previous marriage.
George Clooney, 43, recently suffered a ruptured disk that forced him to miss several publicity appearances for Ocean's Twelve. The actor wouldn't say how he got the injury, but his rep reports that Clooney hopes to be on the red carpet for the movie's Dec. 8 L.A. premiere.
Elizabeth Taylor, 72, disclosed that she is suffering from congestive heart failure, a condition that often causes fatigue, shortness of breath and swelling in the legs. Taylor also suffers from scoliosis and had brain surgery in 1997. A rep for the double Oscar-winner said Taylor is cheerful and coping well.
Singer Jermaine Jackson, 49, filed for divorce from his wife of nine years, Alejandra, 35, Nov. 19 in L.A. Jermaine requested that the couple's two sons—Jaafar, 8, and Jermajesty, 4—live with their mother. Jackson has five other children.
Lucy Nowak, 28, was granted bail Nov. 16 in London, 12 days after she was arrested for stalking singer George Michael, 41. Nowak had recently broken into the musician's London home several times. As part of her release, Nowak was admitted to a local mental hospital. A lawyer for Nowak could not be reached.
Raymond Jackson, 51, the New Jersey man accused of starving his four adopted sons (PEOPLE, Nov. 10, 2004), died Nov. 30 in Camden, N.J., two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. Jackson and his wife, Vanessa, 49, were each facing a total of 28 counts of aggravated assault and child endangerment charges.... On Nov. 30 a Manhattan jury found Ambrose Kappos, 38, a former Navy diver, not guilty of stalking singer Sheryl Crow, 42. Kappos had been accused of stalking and following the singer and her family since July 2002 (PEOPLE, Oct. 27, 2003). "I have nothing against the woman," said Ambrose. "I probably would buy her next album." Crow's rep did not return calls.
British novelist Arthur Hailey, 84, best known for his suspenseful bestsellers, 1965's Hotel and '68's Airport, died Nov. 24 at his home in the Bahamas.... John D. Barrymore, 72, the father of actress Drew Barrymore, died of undisclosed causes Nov. 29 in L.A. Barrymore, who acted sporadically in the 1950s, got into numerous scrapes with the law and was often estranged from his famous acting family, including his daughter. "He was a cool cat," said Drew in a statement. "Please smile when you think of him."