Designing Women’s Annie Potts, 39, and her director husband, Jim (Northern Exposure) Hayman, 39, have produced a star of their own, son James Powell, 9 lbs., born May 28 in Los Angeles. Potts also has a son, Clay, 11, from an earlier marriage.
Full House’s Dave Coulier, 32, and his actress wife, Jayne Modean, 34, are divorcing after two years of marriage. The couple met in 1989 when she appeared as a guest on House. They have a 19-month-old son, Luc.
Southfork Ranch, the sprawling residence just outside Dallas that was used in the opening credits on CBS’s Dallas for 13 years, was sold at auction on May 30 to Arizona businessman Rex Maughan for $2.6 million. The 41-acre spread, fictional home of the Ewing clan, once attracted as many as 400,000 tourists a year. It will become a tourist and convention center.
Leading man Glenn Ford, 76, whose 100-plus movies include Gilda and Blackboard Jungle, is recovering from pneumonia and remains in critical but stable condition at press time in a Santa Monica hospital. Ford was admitted three weeks ago because of exhaustion and an irregular heartbeat.
Robert Morley, 84, the portly British actor who starred in the 1956 movie Around the World in Eighty Days, died of a stroke June 3 in Reading, England. Morley was best known to American audiences as a spokesman on British Airways commercials….
Mobster Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo, 86, once the reported head of the Chicago mob and Al Capone’s triggerman in the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day massacre, died May 27 in Chicago of heart and respiratory failure. Nicknamed after a 400-lb. fish he caught, he was also known as Joe Batters because of his lethal use of a baseball bat….
Mrithi, 24, a wild 400-lb. silverback mountain gorilla who was featured in Gorillas in the Mist, the 1988 movie about primatologist Dian Fossey, was shot by unknown assailants and found dead May 21 in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda….
Alfred E. Neuman’s father, Mad magazine co-creator and publisher, William Gaines, 70, died in his sleep June 3 in Manhattan of natural causes.
Harmonically converged: Pop maestro Paul Simon, 50, wed willowy Edie Brickell, 25, singer with the band New Bohemians, on May 30 in Montauk, L.I. Simon, who has a son, Harper, 19, from his first marriage, was also married to actress Carrie Fisher. It is Brickell’s first marriage.
Newly weds Will (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) Smith, 23, and songwriter Sheree Zampino, 23, who were wed May 9 in Santa Barbara, are expecting their first child….
Comedian Jackie Mason, 58, and his wife manager, Jyll Rosenfeld, 37, who were wed last August, are expecting their first child in December. Thrilled to have an heir at last, Mason jokes, “I don’t want my accent to pass away from the world. This way, I know it will be preserved.”