Movie director and screenwriter James Bridges, 57, whose 13 films include The Paper Chase (1973), The China Syndrome (1979) and Bright Lights, Big City (1988), died in Los Angeles on June 6 of intestinal cancer. He is survived by his companion of 35 years, actor-writer Jack Larson, 59, who played Jimmy Olsen on the Adventures of Superman (1951-57) TV series….
Actress Alexis Smith, 72, a movie star of the ’40s and ’50s, died in L.A. on June 9 of cancer. Smith, in a major comeback, won a Tony in 1971 for her Broadway debut in Follies. She went on to appear in films and on TV, including playing Lady Jessica Montford on Dallas. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, actor Craig Stevens (Peter Gunn)….
Cartoonist Marjorie Buell, 88, creator of Little Lulu, died May 30 in Elyria, Ohio, of lymphoma. The feisty, independent Lulu. the Bart Simpson of her day, first appeared in 1935 in The Saturday Evening Post and later was sydicated in newspapers, serialized in comic books and translated into several foreign languages. Buell retired in 1971; Lulu herself retired in 1984….
Super-rich industrialist Norton Simon, 86, whose world-class art collection included some 12,000 paintings that served as the core collection for the Pasadena, Calif., museum bearing his name, died June 2 at his home in Bel Air, Calif., of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, actress Jennifer Jones, 74….
Croatian basketball star Drazen Petrovic, 28, a top scorer for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets for the past two seasons and a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for two seasons before that, died June 7 in a car crash near Munich. Petrovic helped his national team win a silver medal in last summer’s Olympics.
Kennedy clan extension alert: Anthony Shriver, 27, son of Sargent and Eunice, brother of Maria and brother-in-law to Arnold, is engaged to Alina Mojica, 28, a Cuban-American student in Miaimi. Mojica will bring to the union a son, Teddy, 4, from her first marriage. Shriver is the president and founder of Best Buddies, a group that fosters friendships between college students and mentally retarded people. No wedding dale vet….
Country crooner and perfume ad star Trisha Yearwood, 28, is in love with a very particular boy, Robert Reynolds, 31, who plays bass for the Mavericks, a Miami-based band. The couple will wed next spring. It will be her second time, his first.
Actress Jennifer Grant, 127, the daughter of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, wed TV director Randy Zisk, 34, on May 30 in L.A. Grant played Celeste, a game show contestant, in episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210.
Citing irreconcilable differences. Cassandra (Casey) Danson, 55, filed for divorce June 3 in Santa Monica from her husband of 15 years, actor Ted Danson. 45. They will continue to share custody of daughters Kate, 13, and Alexis, 8. Danson, who moved out of the couple’s Santa Monica home in March, has been linked romantically with Whoopi Goldberg, 43, since they filmed Made in America last year.