PASSAGES: Kate Beckinsale Betrothed

06/17/2003 at 01:00 PM EDT

ENGAGED: British actress Kate Beckinsale ("Pearl Harbor"), 29, is engaged to marry Len Wiseman, the director of "Underworld," a film in which Beckinsale portrays a vampire, a rep for the actress confirms to Reuters. TV's "Access Hollywood" reports that Wiseman popped the question Saturday at a restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Beckinsale has a daughter, Lily, 4, with her former boyfriend, actor Michael Sheen.

ANNOUNCED: Stars are lining up for June 24's 3rd annual BET Awards, to be held at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. The show will feature such presenters as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Gabriel Union, Ludacris, Common, Eve, 5-heartbeat and Girlfriend, while performances will be given by India.Arie, R.Kelly, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Beyonce Knowles, Ashanti, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg, among others, say organizers. The evening also will honor "Godfather of Soul" James Brown and NBA Hall-of-Famer, philanthropist and business mogul Earvin "Magic" Johnson.


QUOTED: "Trying to supervise comedy writers is like trying to supervise house cats. You can stand in your living room and bark orders at your cats. But they're not going to do it. They'll be like, 'Whatever.' " -- Saturday Night Live" star Tina Fey, 33, to PEOPLE


DIED: Shakespearean actor William Marshall, 78, best known to movie audiences by 1972's campy vampire take "Blacula," died June 11 in a Los Angeles rest home, reports the Associated Press. He had been suffering with Alzheimer's disease. His TV roles included those on "Star Trek" and "Sanford and Son."

POSED: Sports Illustrated magazine (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner) is launching a contest to find an amateur model for its 40th anniversary swimsuit issue, to be published in February. This marks the first time a non-pro will be posing along with the scantily clad supermodels. Women 18 and older may apply online at the SI site. The winner also will receive a Nissan 350Z roadster and a modeling contract.

CLOCKED: With Gregory Peck's death last week (at age 87), several news stories cited him as being the last great star of Hollywood's Golden Era (loosely referring to the time when the Studio System was still in effect). In fact, that's not true. Still happily among the living (though they may, in some cases, be in frail states of health) are such solid screen veterans as Bob Hope, who recently turned 100; Katharine Hepburn, 96; Ronald Reagan, 92; Glenn Ford, Lena Horne, June Allyson and Van Johnson, all 86; Olivia de Havilland, 85; Joan Fontaine, 84; Mickey Rooney, 82; Deanna Durbin and Esther Williams, both 81; Doris Day and Charlton Heston, both 79; and absolutely the biggest star of the '30s -- though she was the smallest at the time -- Shirley Temple, 75. Finally, Elizabeth Taylor is a mere 71, but unquestionably immortal.

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