Singer Billy Joel, 54, recently proposed to his girlfriend Katie Lee, 22, while they were vacationing on St. Bart's. Lee, a restaurant correspondent for the PBS show Living It UP!, said yes. The couple, who began dating last spring, haven't set a wedding date yet. Joel was previously wed to business manager Elizabeth Weber and model Christie Brinkley.... Actors Casey Affleck (Ocean's Eleven), 28, and Summer Phoenix (The Laramie Project), 26, recently got engaged in New York City. Phoenix is the younger sister of actor Joaquin Phoenix and the late River Phoenix. The couple, who have been dating for four years, are expecting a baby in May.
Actress Mary-Louise Parker (The West Wing), 39, welcomed her first child, son William Atticus Parker, Jan. 7 in Manhattan. Parker split with the tot's father, Big Fish star Billy Crudup, 35, in November after a seven-year relationship.
Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan), 44, wed ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin Jan. 12 in L.A. Kaminski is divorced from actress Holly Hunter.
On jan. 15 in Baton Rouge, rapper Mystikal (born Michael Tyler), 33, pleaded guilty to sexual battery and was sentenced to six years in prison. The victim accused the rapper and two bodyguards of forcing her to perform oral sex (PEOPLE, July 14, 2003). The judge, who saw a videotape the men made during the assault, said, "The defendant believes he is above the law." A rep for the rapper said, "We stand behind him."...The estate of former Beatle George Harrison settled its lawsuit against oncologist Gilbert Lederman, 51, Jan. 16 in New York City. The suit alleged that Lederman had coerced a bedridden Harrison into signing a guitar belonging to the doctor's son just weeks before the musician's 2001 death (PEOPLE, Jan. 26, 2004). The guitar "will be disposed of privately" and Harrison's estate will give a new guitar to Lederman's son.
Tony Award-winning stage actress Uta Hagen, 84, best known for creating the role of Martha in the original 1962 Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, died Jan. 14 in Manhattan after a long illness. In the 1950s German-born Hagen cofounded the famed HB Studio acting school.... Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Naess Jr., 66, who was married to pop diva Diana Ross from 1986 to '99, died after falling more than 300 ft. in a mountain-climbing accident Jan. 13 in South Africa. In 1985 Naess led a team of 17 climbers who summited Everest in the then-record time of 10 days.