Diahann Carroll, 55, and Vic Damone, 62 (left), have confirmed that they are separating after four years of marriage—the fourth for each. No word yet on whether they plan to continue their husband-wife nightclub act….
Movie star Nick Nolte, 50, and his wife, ex-model Rebecca, 33, plan to divorce after seven years of marriage. They will share custody of 4-year-old son Brawley. The marriage was Nolte’s third, Rebecca’s first.
Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil, 30, and his wife, model Sharise, 26, welcomed their first child, a 6-lb., 6-oz. girl named Skylar Lynnae, on March 26 in Tarzana, Calif.
After 22 years of marriage, Strom Thurmond, 88, the senior U.S. Senator from South Carolina and the oldest member of Congress, and his wife, Nancy, 44, have announced that they are separating. Thurmond, who has served 36 years in the Senate, married the former South Carolina beauty queen in 1968, when she was a 22-year-old intern in his Washington office and he was a 66-year-old widower. The couple have four children, ages 15 to 19. “At this point in my life, I would like to be able to pursue several career options and some measure of independence,” said Nancy, presently a homemaker, in a statement released by the Senator’s office.
Danny Bonaduce, 31, who played redheaded, smart-mouthed Danny Partridge on TV’s The Partridge Family (1970-74), was arrested on March 31 in Phoenix for robbing and beating a transvestite prostitute. According to police, Bonaduce, a radio deejay, picked up Darius Barney, 24, in his car and allegedly paid Barney $20 to perform oral sex. Barney, a Native American brunet who was dressed in a black skirt and blouse, told police that Bonaduce began beating him after Barney refused Bonaduce’s request for more sex. Police, alerted by neighborhood residents, chased a fleeing Bonaduce by car and helicopter to his home. Bonaduce, who has been arrested twice previously for cocaine possession, was charged with felony flight, aggravated assault and strong-armed robbery—he had retrieved his $20. Now free on $850 bail, he contends he is innocent. “Anyone who knows Danny would know he would never go hunting for a male prostitute,” says his mother, Betty. “Not in a million years.”
Lee Atwater, 40 (left), the pugnacious, blues-playing former Republican National Committee chairman considered by many to be the preeminent campaign strategist of the 1980s, died March 29 of a brain tumor. A South Carolina good ol’ boy who drew inspiration from Machiavelli’s The Prince and Sun Tzu’s Art of War, he crafted the bare-knuckle tactics that helped George Bush overcome the “wimp factor” to be elected President in 1988. Atwater, who learned a year ago that he had a brain tumor, spent his dying months writing notes to those he felt he had offended and, in an article in LIFE magazine in February, said he regretted the harsh campaign practices he had used against Michael Dukakis in 1988. Atwater leaves his wife of 13 years, Sally Dunbar, and three daughters, Sarah Lee, 12, Ashley Page, 5, and infant Sally Theodosia.
Aldo Ray, 64 (above), the big-boned, gruff-voiced character actor who appeared in 60 films, died of throat cancer on March 27 in Martinez, Calif. Born Aldo Da Re to Italian immigrant parents, he started in movies in 1951 and slogged through the mud in such war epics as Battle Cry and his last big movie, 1968’s The Green Berets. Heavy drinking later led him to such credits as his 1979 (clothed) role in the porn flick Sweet Savage, Bad Girl of the West. Ray is survived by three children, including son Eric Da Re, who plays Twin Peaks bad guy Leo Johnson….
Graham Greene, 86, arguably the greatest English novelist of the 20th century, died April 3 of leukemia in Vevey, Switzerland. Among his some 70 titles, many were movies, including Our Man in Havana, The Quiet American and The Third Man.