Passages

updated 03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/14/2011 01:00AM

DEATHS

Jane Russell, 89, the buxom beauty who was a leading Hollywood sex symbol in the 1940s and '50s, died of respiratory failure on Feb. 28 in Santa Maria, Calif. Russell shot to fame in 1943's The Outlaw and starred with Marilyn Monroe in 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

• Hall of Fame center fielder Duke Snider, 84, who in 1955 helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win their only World Series crown, died of natural causes on Feb. 27 in Escondido, Calif. Mourning the "Boys of Summer" icon, broadcaster Vin Scully said, "We have lost a giant."

TROUBLE

Christina Aguilera, 30, was taken into police custody on March 1 at 2:45 a.m. in West Hollywood for public intoxication, although police stressed she did not commit a crime. The singer was in her boyfriend Matt Rutler's car when he was pulled over for driving erratically. Rutler, a musician, was arrested for driving under the influence. At the scene, "deputies determined Aguilera was also intoxicated. Since she was not able to care for her own safety, she was taken into custody" and released about five hours later. She will not face any criminal prosecution, police added. Calls to her reps were not returned by press time. • Designer John Galliano, 50, was arrested for allegedly making an anti-Semitic comment to a couple on Feb. 24 at a Paris cafe. French authorities said a subsequent sobriety test showed that the fashion guru had been "drinking heavily," and the next day he was suspended from his job as Christian Dior's creative director. Galliano denied the allegations. Making anti-Semitic remarks is a crime in France, punishable by up to six months in jail.

LEGAL MATTERS

A Los Angeles judge relaxed a restraining order against Chris Brown on Feb. 22, and the singer (inset) can now speak to his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, 23. The order was modified because Brown, 21, completed a yearlong domestic-violence program after pleading guilty to assaulting her in 2009.

SPLITS

TV stars Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie), 46, and Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5), 60, are separating after 16 years of marriage.

BIRTHS

Boardwalk Empire actress Gretchen Mol, 38, and her husband, director Tod "Kip" Williams, 42, welcomed a baby girl they named Winter on Feb. 17 in New York City. The couple, who married in 2004, also have a son, Ptolemy, 3.

KELSEY AND KAYTE MARRY

Kelsey Grammer wed former flight attendant Kayte Walsh on Feb. 25 at the Longacre Theatre in Manhattan. That's where the groom, 56, fell in love with his bride, 29, who was often backstage while the actor was performing in La Cage Aux Folles. After the nuptials the couple hosted a lavish reception at the Plaza Hotel. The Frasier star, who finalized his divorce from his third wife, Camille, just two weeks ago, recently told People, "I've never been happier in my life."

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